British independent racing team Graham Nash Motorsport was on a high going into Sunday's seventh round of the FIA GT Championship at Anderstorp, after qualifying on the front row of the grid for the second time this season. Sadly in an ...
British independent racing team Graham Nash Motorsport was on a high going into Sunday's seventh round of the FIA GT Championship at Anderstorp, after qualifying on the front row of the grid for the second time this season. Sadly in an incident packed event the team was unable to capitalise on this strong showing early on.
GNM's driver Tommy Erdos was extremely impressive in the lead No7 Saleen S7- R both in the qualifying sessions, where he was placed second, and Sunday's pre-race warm-up, on a circuit which was completely new to the talented Brazilian.
Said GNM's team manager Gordon Davies: "We spent a great deal of time during the summer break looking at the car and making changes, and these seemed to be paying off in the lead-up to the race, the Anderstorp circuit really suiting the Saleen and Tommy's driving style."
"In the actual race things started positively. Tommy's position at the front of the grid helped him to stay out of trouble when a first corner incident saw the Championship-leading Maranello of Biagi/Bobbi involved in a spin - causing all sorts of problems for those further down the grid. Tommy lapped consistently for the first quarter of the race, holding onto second place until the 28th lap when Campbell-Walter - whose Lister was making better use of its tyres at this stage than the Saleen - was able to slip by.
" The team was still comfortable with third place but on the 34th lap Piccini in the other Lister Storm made contact with the rear of Saleen. This caused both cars to go into a spin, the result of which was a broken floor for the Saleen as it bounced across the grass. The car then spent around 15 minutes stationary in the pits while the damage was hastily repaired. Subsequently another problem emerged resulting in a loss of traction during Mike's stint, causing him to go off onto the gravel. Everyone in the team is extremely disappointed to have come out of Anderstorp without vital points."
Commented Tommy Erdos: "This is our first season in the Championship and we are learning all the time. Of course it can be disheartening, but I know that we are moving forward with every race. Making it to the front row of the grid is no mean achievement and we will be hoping to build on that performance in the final three rounds."
GNM's No8 car of Amorim, Chaves and Ramos also finished pointless after a driveshaft failure.