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Donington: Jamie Derbyshire race report

Disappointment on home ground for Derbyshire Jamie Derbyshire was enjoying his most competitive outing on home soil at Donington Park, Derby, at the weekend during the sixth round of the FIA GT Championship, when a gearbox failure caused ...

Disappointment on home ground for Derbyshire

Jamie Derbyshire was enjoying his most competitive outing on home soil at Donington Park, Derby, at the weekend during the sixth round of the FIA GT Championship, when a gearbox failure caused retirement in the third and final hour of the race. The 600bhp Lister Storm was classified 24th overall having completed 83 of the 117 laps.

The Spirit Volkswagen-backed Lister Storm had already lost time when Jamie Campbell-Walter had suffered gear selection problems and eventually had a gear linkage break.

Though Campbell-Walter returned to the pits, Derbyshire rejoined only to find himself unable to select a gear half an hour into his stint and just three laps before he was due to hand the car over to the third co-driver, Bobby Verdon-Roe.

"I went for a gear, but there was only this grinding noise," said a disappointed Derbyshire. "We have had problems all weekend, including having to change the engine on Friday night for a less powerful one for qualifying. During the race I was lapping in the one minute 32s area, but I think with the upgraded engine I could have been faster still, and right on the front-running pace of the Ferraris and the Saleen.

"It is disappointing to have all these problems at my home race but you do have them sometimes. I am just looking forward to the next race at the Spa 24 hours at the end of July. The car should go well there."

The next race will be the Spa 24-hours, in Belgium, on July 31/August 1.

-jdr-

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