Stunning Pace at Zolder Dashed by Damage
19th October 2008
Having started today’s race at ninth on the grid, after testing another
set of Pirelli development tyres during yesterday’s qualifying session,
the team secured another valuable point after an incident packed race at Zolder
The team decided to run with this latest edition of Pirelli tyres and during
the race car ‘62’ steadily climbed to second place and was looking
good for a top podium finish, before an incident involving Emmanuel Collard
and Jamie Davies resulted in a drive-through penalty being awarded against
the team. The ‘61’ Pro Speed Porsche tried to go round the outside
of a faster GT1 car thereby forcing Jamie Davies to brake unexpectedly; resulting
in a spin for both cars.
Excessive damage sustained by the car during this incident forced Fabio Babini
to cut short his second stint behind the wheel. After having seen the car return
to the pit twice in quick succession, Team Principal Stewart Roden made the
difficult call not to send the car back out and risk incurring even more damage
in the final seventeen minutes of race.
Immediately after the race Stewart Roden said, “We had a super quick
car today and to see number 62 running as high as second place was fantastic
and is a credit to all the hard work by our team and the Pirelli development
programme. We look forward to building on this performance as we head into
the final round of this year’s Championship in Argentina next month”.