County race ace, Jamie Derbyshire, took second place after 6 hours of flat out racing in the Spa 1000km race in Belgium this afternoon, (Sunday August 31) after leading the race right up until the final lap.
The Spirit Volkswagen backed racer looked on course for his seventh race win of the season. However, with the high speed pace of the event and the length of the driving stints the Mosler MT900R ran out of fuel just three corners from home, while in the hands of third driver for the weekend, Thomas Erdos.
"We knew that the final stint by Thomas was going to be marginal on fuel and the pace that the FIA sportscars were running, it looked like we might have timed it to perfection, but the changing weather conditions and the two safety car periods just left us a lap of fuel short." Said Jamie.
With just a handful of laps left to go the team had to make a critical decision on whether to bring Erdos in for fuel, incurring a lengthy two minute stop, or try to hang on to the finish.
After checking the timing screens and seeing where they would end up, meant an agonising choice to stay out, claiming a well deserved second place in the process.
"We worked out that if we came in for fuel then we would have finished third, whereas staying out and running dry gave us second place, so we are very happy to claim the few extra points, especially as it puts us back into the lead of the championship." He added.
Derbyshire and driving partner, Shaun Balfe, now head the championship by just four points from the Eclipse Motorsport pair of Shane Lynch and Piers Johnson, with the other Mosler of Tom Herridge just one point further back.
The tight title battle means that the final round at Brands Hatch in Kent in a month's time is sure to be a thriller, for both the teams and the fans. (September 27/28).