Zhuhai: Tim Sugden race report

Sugden's China Podium and Congratulations to Lieb and Rockenfeller Tim Sugden and Emmanuel Collard finished a fighting second at Zuhai in China on Sunday, round 9 of the FIA GT Championship, coming back from last place in GT2 after losing almost...

Sugden's China Podium and Congratulations to Lieb and Rockenfeller

Tim Sugden and Emmanuel Collard finished a fighting second at Zuhai in China on Sunday, round 9 of the FIA GT Championship, coming back from last place in GT2 after losing almost a lap when Tim spun with the leading cars from GT1 on oil deposited on a fast corner when another cars engine blew on lap 3.

Tim took the lead of the GT2 race after a brilliant start, but he slid on the same oil leak as Bouchut (Aston Martin) and Lamy (Ferrari), after the race Sugden said:

"The start was good. I was fighting hard for three laps, I was first then I arrived in this corner where Bouchut and Lamy went off. I was lucky to get pulled out of the gravel before the Safety Car arrived. The marshals worked fast because I was pulled out by the same truck as Lamy. After that, I tried to come back. I managed to get to second. The car was good. Well done and congratulations to Marc and Mike."

Second place consolidates 2nd in the FIA championship for the #88 pair but the win for Lieb and Rockenfeller, team mates in GruppeM secures the championship for them. During practice the two cars took turns at topping the time sheets and just 4 tenths separated them on the starting grid with #66 getting a better run through traffic.

At the final pit stop when Emmanuel Collard handed the car back to Tim a gamble was taken to run the Michelin tyres for a second stint in order to cut the pit stop time and the lead of the other car but as the final laps ran through the temperature on track and hard driving took the edge off the tyres and so the result was decided.

The final two races could see Sugden and Collard secure second in the FIA GT2 Championship as they have a 19 point lead over Luigi Moccia (Italy). With 10 points for a win and 8 for second place they can secure this at the next race. This would be Tim's best ever result in an International Championship.

The teams now move to Dubai and Bahrain for the final two races on November 18th and 25th

-david sugden-

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Luigi Moccia , Tim Sugden