May 2012

British GT Nurburgring


Pic: Jakob Ebrey

A double pole for Warren and I and a win in the first race was a great start in spite of lack of track time at a venue I’d never been to before, but things didn’t go to plan after that.

I was really looking forward to this round as support for the Nurburgring 24 hours. I’d never been to the track so went out first on Thursday morning to get my bearings. A few laps in I had a puncture (my first ever!), which delayed things, then pitted with the diff temperature warning light coming on. I was sent back out and came in after a few more laps to swap with Warren. Unfortunately he never made it onto the track as the diff had gone - in spite of this we were still second quickest in the session. Unfortunately though, we’d miss the whole of the second session and go straight into qualifying with very little track time.

The car was ready for qualifying and I was quickest in my session by 2 seconds - the lap was also good enough to top the times in the second session and turned out to be the fastest GT4 lap of the weekend which I was really pleased with. Race 1 was on Friday afternoon and due to some shuffling of the pack in the tight first corner I ended lap one in fifth place. I knew I had the pace to make it through but the guys in front were squabbling as if it was a sprint race. I decided to be patient and picked them off one by one and was in the lead by the end of lap 5. I settled down and concentrated on stretching the lead as I knew that we had a time penalty at the pit stops as a result of the win at Oulton Park. I had opened a gap to about 15 seconds by the pit stops and Warren was still in the lead once it had all settled down after the stop. He continued to stretch away and ended up winning by a comfortable margin.

After the race, the WFR guys found that once more the diff had failed, so a long night was in prospect fitting a new one. After a late night, the car was ready for the second race early on Saturday morning. Warren was initially involved in a 3 way battle for the lead, setting fastest lap and was running second when smoke started coming out of the rear of the car towards the end of his stint. He came in to hand over to me, but the car never left the pit lane with a repeat of the same issue that had plagued us all weekend. I was very disappointed as I knew we had the pace for a good result and was really enjoying the track. The only consolation is that we’re still leading the championship.

I know we’ll get to the bottom of the issue ready for Rockingham and would like to thank the Team WFR guys for working so hard over the weekend.