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Monza: Jamie Derbyshire race report

Derbyshire Suffers Prematue End To Opening Race Sportscar racer Jamie Derbyshire ended his first race of the FIA GT Championship in the Italian gravel, after getting caught out by debris and coolant on the Monza racetrack this afternoon....

Derbyshire Suffers Prematue End To Opening Race

Sportscar racer Jamie Derbyshire ended his first race of the FIA GT Championship in the Italian gravel, after getting caught out by debris and coolant on the Monza racetrack this afternoon. (March 28)

The Spirit Volkswagen Fleet Sales backed driver had managed to acclimatize quickly to the ultra fast Italian Grand Prix venue, after a minimal amount of laps over the start of the weekend.

Derbyshire's driving partner for the weekend, Jamie Campbell-Walter, managed to move the Creation Autosportif Lister Storm up from 15th to 5th place before handing over to him. However, after just one flying lap of the track while chasing down a rival he came across debris and liquid on the track at the Ascari chicane and was pitched into the gravel trap.

"I feel gutted and frustrated as I know that we could have had a good result this weekend," said Jamie. "I was closing in on a Viper ahead of me and I saw the debris and then the rear of that car slide as he went into the corner."

"I thought that he had caught some gravel and went to catch and pass him as I knew he would lose momentum, unfortunately the car just swapped ends on me and I ended up in the gravel. The agonizing part was that the marshals only realised there was something on the track after I had spun and then put the oil flags out at the corner. If I'd have seen them then I could have backed out of the move and not spun."

Small mechanical problems hampered the team in the early part of the weekend and the first real time Jamie managed to get up to speed was in the race day morning warm-up, where he posted the third fastest time. He was understandably pleased with his early pace and enjoyed the experience and knows there is more to come as the season progresses.

"I have really enjoyed the atmosphere and the whole weekend. I know that my times would have come down over the course of the race as I was beginning to find the small areas where I could make up ground on the quicker guys around me, so pace was no problem. I was just frustrating to end the first race like we did, but I know we will be at the sharp end again at the next round." He said.

Jamie's next race is in three weeks (April 16-18) at the Spanish venue of Valencia.

-magpie-

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