Disappointing End for Ultimate Motorspor's Home Race
Greg Mansell (#3):
Start Position: 12th Race Position: 22nd
Miguel Molina (#4):
Start position: 10th Race Position: DNF
For the second event in a row both Ultimate Motorsport Dallaras failed to finish. Miguel Molina's car suffered an engine misfire on lap 11, forcing the Spanish driver back into the pitlane and into retirement. Greg Mansell got a bad start due to a problem, dropping him back five places on the opening lap. The 21-year-old was soon fighting his way back up the order but, while battling with Guillaume Moreau, he was hit from behind by Jon Lancaster's car forcing the #3 Ultimate Dallara off the circuit at Woodcote and into retirement two laps from the flag.
Miguel Molina: "Yesterday was good but today it wasn't. It was good at the beginning of the race and the pitstop was really, really good. The first out lap after the pitstop was fantastic, we overtook two drivers. I was pushing a lot and I tried to overtake Baguette but then the engine started to do something wrong and that was the end of the race. We have proven that we are fast and We will have to work hard before Le Mans to bring everything together."
Greg Mansell: "Frustrating! I had a problem off the start; I got a good start off the line but then the engine went onto the heat map and it shifted me into 4th, so it basically cut out for a few seconds and this dropped me to the back of the grid. Initially the car had good pace; I was able to make up a few positions and as everyone was pitting I was able to do some qualifying laps which enabled me to jump a few out the pits, so that was promising. We completed the pitstop but then we had a problem with the second set of tyres on the rear; the balance was never good with the car. But then again we were still pressuring towards the last half of the race. Then we had a massive imbalance in the braking zones and we've just found out that a stone went through our front right brake duct, so one side was heating up and grabbing the fronts which caused us to run wide occasionally. Driving standards in this series sometimes isn't what they should be and Lancaster hit me off. However I think justice has been served and I'm looking forward to the next race."
Colin Morgan (Team Manager): "Again a very frustrating day; I totally agree with what Greg says about the driving standards of some of the drivers are not what they should be for a series of this level and it's a shame that it has cost us a good race. For Miguel, who was also driving a very good race, he was let down by problems out of our control. Renault need to look at the quality of some of their products because it will be major improvement if they do that will help this series move forward. Without doubt the major positive from this weekend was seeing Greg going forward to Superpole; a massive boost for him and the team. It's a shame we didn't do the same for Miguel but that is an issue that is easily addressed. Looking forward Le Mans is a circuit that has been kind to us in the past. We proved at this meeting, as we have in the previous couple of meetings, that we have consistently quick cars we just need to turn it into positive results now."
Rounds 10 & 11of the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Championship will take place at Le Mans in France on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July.