BANG GOES ANOTHER ONE - 30/6/08

After the disappointment of Snetterton Ben was looking forward to the high speed thrill of Thruxton this weekend, but reliability again spoiled the party with Ben not even turning a race lap for the second weekend in succession.

With a new engine in the Lamorghini Gallardo and a successful test at Snetterton last Thursday to shake the car down Ben & the team headed to the fastest circuit on the Avon Tyres British GT calendar with hopes of restoring some glory into the ranks. Saturday morning free practise started well with several changes being made to the car throughout the session after good feedback from both drivers enabled the engineer to find just what they were looking for.

Qualifying was a little of what the team had hoped for as traffic baulked both drivers fastest laps leaving them 11th and 15th on the grid for the two one hour races ahead. Despite this the Ben & Guy were confident there was more to come and that with some intelligent driving they could make up places in both races to finally get some good points in the board.

Race one on Saturday started in blazing sun and as Guy arrived at the first corner he was already up to eighth position. As the next two laps passed Guy set himself up for a move for fifth but as he arrived at turn one on the 3rd lap a warning light appeared in the dash and then went out. At the next corner the car filled with smoke and Guy lost power forcing him to retire and watch the rest of the race from behind a marshalls post.

"It is so frustating to know we have the pace but not get the chance to prove it," said Guy afterwards, "I got out of the car and was speechless. Having to watch the race from the sidelines is not what we want to be doing but our luck just seems to be going the wrong way at the moment."

Ben, who has not had a racing lap in the last 4 races said, "I don't know what we have done to deserve this lack of fortune. We were fighting for the championship this time last year and now we are just looking to finish. The team work hard to get the car right but the engine problem we have had at the last two meetings is out of their control.I love Thruxton having won there 3 times in 4 attempts so not to even get to race is very disappointing, but we have to keep picking ourselves back up and looking ahead."

 

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