Catalunya: Spyker Squadron race report

Only minutes after the race started at 11:30 this morning the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R returned to the pitbox with a problem. After a solid start of the weekend were the team delivered promising results this was absolutely not what the team had...

Only minutes after the race started at 11:30 this morning the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R returned to the pitbox with a problem. After a solid start of the weekend were the team delivered promising results this was absolutely not what the team had hoped for.

After the team celebrated his birthday with home-made cake, Tom Coronel started this morning in the qualifying session before handing over to Benjamin Leuenberger. Benjamin replaced Jarek Janis whom suffered from an old injury with his neck. All went well in qualifying and the time till the start was used to make some final set-up modifications to the car. In the mean time the sun replaced the light clouds and the temperature was on the rise.

At 11:30 the race started with a rolling start. Tom Coronel was driving the Spyker until he called the team over the radio with a problem. Tom though that he had a tire puncture but when he returned to the pit box the mechanics found oil to be leaking from the car. After a quick examination the team found that the problem was irreparable.

Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: "What can I say. I am really disappointed. We have tested our 2009 car for many hundreds of laps without any problem and then in just the third lap in our first race it all goes wrong. We found that the car had a problem with the low pressure side of the oil pump and it would have taken us 6 to 7 hours to solve the problem as we had to change the engine to change the faulty parts. It is a very disappointing result in a weekend that started so well and very sad for the mechanics to start their season in this way. We will continue our fight at Spa with renewed energy, I have seen that the car is competitive"

-credit: spykersquad

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Tom Coronel , Benjamin Leuenberger , Jarek Janis