FIRST YOU HAVE TO FINISH Darren Turner was back behind the wheel of the Nissan GT-R at Oschersleben in Germany yesterday, where the new car scored it's first international race finish. Competing in his second FIA GT race of the year, Darren and...
FIRST YOU HAVE TO FINISH
Darren Turner was back behind the wheel of the Nissan GT-R at Oschersleben in Germany yesterday, where the new car scored it's first international race finish. Competing in his second FIA GT race of the year, Darren and his team-mate, Michael Krumm, finished ninth in the GT1 class and 14th overall.
It was Krumm who took the start of the two-hour race, running in eighth place during the opening laps. The weather was warm and humid at this point but as Krumm was coming to the end of his stint it began to rain. The conditions steadily deteriorated and by the time Darren got into the car, 50 minutes into the race, the heavens had opened.
Darren had a good run, putting in very competitive lap times in the wet but with just 25 minutes of the race remaining the rain got even heavier.
"It was becoming more of a struggle to keep the car on the track and pointing in the right direction," said Darren. "As I was braking for turn three the rear locked up and I went off, luckily without hitting anything. I was able to rejoin after being towed out of the gravel but I lost a couple of laps."
By this point in the race most of the cars had been off as the surface water was making it impossible to stay on the tarmac. Darren completed three more racing laps before pitting to hand over to Krumm for the run to the chequered flag and the Nissan GT-R's first finish.
"It's really good to get a finish under our belt, especially in such difficult circumstances," said Darren. "After Silverstone we tested for three days at the Algarve circuit and I think that has served us well. The next event for us is the Spa 24 Hours so it was vital for us to get a finish in the bag before an event where finishing is paramount. Everything is moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to racing the Nissan GT-R at Spa."
The Spa 24 Hours takes place in five weeks' time on 25/26 July.