HIGHCROFT RACING AND GREGOR FISKEN FORCED TO RETIRE AT SEBRING Highcroft Racing team mates, Gregor Fisken, Duncan Dayton and Rick Knoop were forced to retire on lap 128 of the Sebring 12 Hours, when their Lola EX257 AER suffered an irreparable...
HIGHCROFT RACING AND GREGOR FISKEN FORCED TO RETIRE AT SEBRING
Highcroft Racing team mates, Gregor Fisken, Duncan Dayton and Rick Knoop were forced to retire on lap 128 of the Sebring 12 Hours, when their Lola EX257 AER suffered an irreparable fuel leak whilst battling through the field for a top three finish in the LMP1 class.
The start of the race was eventful for Highcroft when team owner Duncan Dayton had a spin early on in his first stint when he drove over some oil. The car later lost time in the pits with a faulty ignition coil. Once up and running again, the three drivers started to climb back through the field at a solid pace. Unfortunately, four hours and forty five minutes into the race, whilst Gregor Fisken was at the wheel for his second stint, an oil alarm flashed on the dashboard signalling the beginning of the end.
Gregor Fisken said: "I was in the early laps on my second stint; the car was running well when I had to pit with an oil alarm warning. The team discovered that there was not only oil but fuel leaking into the cockpit so they brought the car back to the team awning for a thorough investigation. When they discovered the extent of our troubles the race was over for us."
Fisken added: "It is a real shame we could not continue because we had a great week and I am confident that we had the potential to score a strong finish in the team's first race. Duncan Dayton and the boys have done a great job over the winter putting together one of the best privateer outfits I have ever driven for. It was a privilege to be part of Highcroft Racing this weekend and I very much enjoyed racing with Duncan and Rick Knoop."
Gregor concluded: "It was great to be back in the ALMS. I love racing in the US, events are always special and the atmosphere is unique. I had a great time in Sebring this week and I look forward to more races later on this year."
Duncan Dayton, team owner and team mate to Gregor said: "It was a pleasure to race with a great friend this week. As usual Gregor set competitive lap times whilst always looking after the car. He is a real team player and did everything we asked him to do, nothing less. I am just sorry that we did not give him a more reliable car in the race. We would be delighted to have him back at any time."