Silverstone: Jos Menten Racing race report

"Once again it wasn't an easy weekend", is how Jos Menten started off his account of Silverstone. On Saturday morning the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT of All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini was still looking for the right rhythm. Hans Reiter ...

"Once again it wasn't an easy weekend", is how Jos Menten started off his account of Silverstone. On Saturday morning the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT of All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini was still looking for the right rhythm. Hans Reiter decides to change tack with the tuning and that appears to work out. However the improved set-up is unfortunately not converted into an ideal grid starting position during the 15 minutes long qualifying session. For the second race of the season Jos Menten and Peter Kox find themselves back on the sixth row of the grid for the start. but after a mere one hour of racing the race is over for the Dutch duo.

The cold British climate is obviously playing tricks with the Italian bull. During the first free practice Jos Menten and Peter Kox can't improve on a tenth place. Similar to China it appears to be difficult to bring the brakes up to the right temperature. The second practice session is far better. Peter Kox in the Lambo clocks up the fifth time, after which Jos Menten decides to go off in search of an improved set-up: "I'm pleased with the lap times. We limited ourselves to testing with old tyres, so it looks promising for the qualifying session."

The Lambo is one and a half seconds faster in qualifying than during the first free practice. Peter Kox at the wheel of the Murcielago sporting the number eight clocks up eleventh time: "There was heavy traffic on the track and after some two laps the best of the tyres has been rubbed off. This is why Peter didn't continue on the attack. We tried saving our tyres as much as possible for the race...", Menten told us after the qualifying session.

During the warm-up the testing of the All-Inkl.com Reiter Lamborghini is limited to an overall check-up. On the dot of 12:00hrs local time the light turns to green for the start of the second race of the season. Peter Kox takes the start and promptly wins two places. However his overtaking spree is held up by Ferdinando Monfardini (BMS Aston Martin #22). The Italian makes use of every inch of the track to hold back the Lamborghini. After half an hour of hard racing Peter Kox dives into the pitlane to hand over the wheel to Jos Menten.

The driver from Haelen registers constant lap times and the flexible strategy set-up points towards a ranking within the points. but halfway through the race it is over and out for Menten and Co. When taking a kerbstone the button of the emergency cut-out falls out. The electric circuit fails and the fire extinguishers are set off. For Menten there's nothing left but to park the car next to the track: "This whole weekend we have been battling with minor problems. The race itself went off well and thanks to our pitstop strategy we were in with a chance to fight for points. We had not planned a tyre change during the race, meaning that a sixth or seventh place was definitely on the books . but is wasn't to be. We now need to fully focus on the race in Romania. In Bucharest everyone is starting from scratch. Let us hope that we can prove our potential there. Better luck next time!"

-credit: jmr

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Peter Kox , Ferdinando Monfardini , Jos Menten