A Wet Donington Brings Bad Luck To GP Racing The Venetian Team GP Racing will not remember this weekend's race in Donington with pleasure. The leader Fabrizio Del Monte was forced to retire with a bent suspension after just one lap when his...
A Wet Donington Brings Bad Luck To GP Racing
The Venetian Team GP Racing will not remember this weekend's race in Donington with pleasure. The leader Fabrizio Del Monte was forced to retire with a bent suspension after just one lap when his team- mate Tor Graves mistakenly hit him.
Tor Graves himself had to retire as well when his other team-mate Maxime Hodencq accidentally hit him when the track was completely wet. As a consequence, both drivers had to abandon the race. This is a real pity for GP Racing's drivers who deserved much more than this.
Regardless of Fabrizio Del Monte's English retirement, he is still the leader in the classification with a 9 point advantage over Pastorelli. Fabrizio constantly improved his time on Saturday morning and conquered the seventh place on the starting grid. Del Monte would have had to climb his way up during the race to sum up some points but the contact at the start, damaged his suspension. Fabrizio who was caught between two adversaries, was hit by his team mate Tor Graves who was also stuck between cars. This marked the end of the race for Del Monte
Maxime Hodencq was also forced to retire after 21 laps. During the 20th lap, the race was put to a halt due to a violent downpour. All the cars went to their pit boxes to change their tyres and the race started again. With a wet track, Maxime tried to conquer a few positions. But while overtaking an adversary, he involuntarily hit his team-mate Tor Graves. Sadly, this was the end of the race for both of them.
Tor Graves race was very sour because the English driver had proven to be fast in Donington. So much so that he set the fifth best time during the free practice session. 9th on the grid, Tor had to give up after the race was interrupted for the rain and following the erroneous contact caused by his team- mate Maxime. It's a shame for Tor who could have fought for some points at this round.
Tancredi Pagiaro, Team Manager
"We are very bitter about this weekend. The team and the drivers worked hard but earned nothing.For the first time this year, we are going home with no points but this is part of motor sports. We didn't jump the gun with Fabrizio's three consecutive wins and we aren't going to get depressed with the retirement of all of our 3 cars this time around either. What we will do instead is work hard to make a comeback at the next race."