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RYAN HOOKER : THWARTED AT THRUXTON Upminster's Ryan Hooker suffered a weekend of frustration at Thruxton at the fourth round of the British GT Championship. Having suffered a propshaft failure the prior weekend at ...

RYAN HOOKER : THWARTED AT THRUXTON

Upminster's Ryan Hooker suffered a weekend of frustration at Thruxton at the fourth round of the British GT Championship.

Having suffered a propshaft failure the prior weekend at the third round, it was an extremely quick turn around for Ryan and the Emotional Engineering team to get the Vauxhall Monaro on track for the Thruxton event. Initially, morning practice looked promising and Ryan was quick to report back that the improvements made in the short period of time since the previous race were beneficial when once again ill fortune loomed when an engine failure put paid to their day.

"The team had a fight against time to get and fit a new engine" said Ryan, "Sadly time was against us and we were unable to take part in qualifying and the first race of the weekend. The team worked flat out during the evening to get us on the grid for race two on Sunday."

With the team putting in work till the early hours, Ryan was out for Sunday morning's warm up and was scheduled to finish the race with team-mate, Matt Griffin starting. In fine weather and the temperature raising, Matt made a solid start but shortly had to pit as the data showed an unexpectedly high, and rising, engine temperature which sadly indicated a more serious situation which forced a retirement.

"The phrase 'that's motor racing' keeps cropping up!" said Ryan, remarkably good humoured. "It is frustrating to be a racing driver and to have to sit out any race but I also appreciate this is a developmental car and so my focus and drive is to give them as much feedback as possible to help the car develop to its full potential."

-rhr-

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