The Johansson Matthews Racing Reynard 2KQ-LM failed to finish the first European Le Mans Series race at Silverstone today after an electrical failure on Lap 43. Following a strong showing in the two qualifying sessions the No.36 Reynard 2KQ-LM...
The Johansson Matthews Racing Reynard 2KQ-LM failed to finish the first European Le Mans Series race at Silverstone today after an electrical failure on Lap 43.
Following a strong showing in the two qualifying sessions the No.36 Reynard 2KQ-LM Judd started on the third row of the grid in sixth position. After 10 laps with Stefan Johansson at the wheel a brake cooling duct hose detached from the upright, causing brake overheating. This, in turn, caused Johannson to spin off the track. After returning to the pits for repairs, Guy Smith took over driving duties, but a lose of power led to the car retiring from the race.
Kieron Salter, Technical Manager, Reynard Motorsport, explained after the race, "We had electrical problems, but haven't had a chance to diagnose the problems yet. It was very disappointing, but at the same time, we were heartened with its turn of speed - the car was one of the quickest out there. The reason we were disappointed was that everything was coming together so well. We were quick in practice and qualifying, considering we were in Le Mans trim and certainly once the car was back out after the brake failure the car was performing very well."
Guy Smith adds, "I was very disappointed. We had a flat battery in the end - that's what stopped us. Up to that point the car was very strong and we were running competitive lap times, so we were happy from that point of view."
Stefan Johansson, echoes Smith's sentiments, saying, "Yes, it was disappointing, but at the same time it's been quite encouraging this weekend. I think we've closed the gap a little bit more to the other front runners. We know we've got more development parts coming through, so hopefully we should be looking quite good (for Le Mans 24 Hour race)."
The race was won by Jan Muller and JJ Lehto in the BMW V12 LMR, with the Brabham/Magnussen Panoz LMP-1 Roadster S in second place and the Audi R8R of McNish/Capello in third.