Donington: RML race report

RML's Strong Race Performance on Home Soil RML's sportscar team ran a competitive race yesterday at Donington Park for the 6th round of the FIA GT Championship with the teams two Saleen S7R's crossing the line in 8th and 9th position and...

RML's Strong Race Performance on Home Soil

RML's sportscar team ran a competitive race yesterday at Donington Park for the 6th round of the FIA GT Championship with the teams two Saleen S7R's crossing the line in 8th and 9th position and setting some of the fastest lap times of the race.

Saturday's wet qualifying conditions saw the No 7 car of Mike Newton and Tommy Erdos secure 9th position on the grid with Chris Goodwin and Miguel Ramos in the No 8 car starting from 11th. Both cars had endured frustrating qualifying sessions and despite Tommy setting the fastest times in the second session the much wetter conditions meant he couldn't improve his grid position further.

Sunday's three hour race started with Tommy at the wheel of the No 7 car and a clean getaway was hampered when he was hit going into the Melbourne Loop. Further opening laps were taken cautiously until damage to the car had been assessed and some time was lost. Once confident the car had no resulting problems Tommy drove competitively and climbed up to 6th position before handing over to Mike.

Mike rejoined the race in 12th position and drove a competitive stint, regularly setting his fastest lap times of the weekend. He climbed the leaderboard to run in as high as 7th position and lapped consistently until pitting for a driver change. Tommy rejoined in 10th position and drove a very competitive final stint, setting the fastest times of the session. Despite his pace the gap was too big to close and he could only gain two places, crossing the line in 8th position.

Mike Newton commented "We have had a good car all weekend and set some very quick times and it is unfortunate that we haven't been able to convert this into a more representative result. I enjoyed the race today however and am delighted with the car's pace".

Tommy Erdos commented "The car showed good pace and I was pleased to be the fastest man on track in the final stages. Mike's stint was very good and he drove well. I pushed hard at the end and was setting good times but wasn't able to make up the gap ahead".

The No 8 car with Chris at the wheel made a superb start and gained four places on the opening laps. A brake problem saw this achievement slip away however when he lost several places on subsequent laps. Working hard to recover Chris ran competitively and managed to climb up to 8th position before pitting for Miguel to take over.

Miguel's race debut at Donington Park was delayed during the driver change when the team experienced a re-fuelling problem. Despite losing almost one minute on track he went on to enjoy a trouble free stint, running competitively and regaining 8th position before pitting for Chris to take over.

Chris drove an excellent final stint and continued to set very quick lap times. Gaining a place he crossed the line in 9th position. After the race he commented "We had a very competitive car towards the end of the race and it is unfortunate that we lost so much time in the early stages. We began to set some very quick times in the final session but had lost too much ground to make an impression".

The next round of the FIA GT championship is a 24 Hour race which takes place at Spa, Belgium on July 31st.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Mike Newton