BRAKE PROBLEMS PUT AN END TO MANN'S LE MANS Pippa Mann ended a problematic weekend at Le Mans in the gravel trap, after a brake problem on lap seven saw the P1 Motorsport car unable to make the hairpin and retire from the second Formula Renault...
BRAKE PROBLEMS PUT AN END TO MANN'S LE MANS
Pippa Mann ended a problematic weekend at Le Mans in the gravel trap, after a brake problem on lap seven saw the P1 Motorsport car unable to make the hairpin and retire from the second Formula Renault 3.5 race at Le Mans.
Mann got a good start off the line, despite her grid position being on the last corner of the circuit instead of the main straight, and managed to get through the first lap unscathed. Passing newcomer Sergey Afansiev (KTR) around the outside, Mann began lap two in 22nd position. Mann pulled into the pits on lap five for her mandatory tyre change, hoping to get out of the traffic and find some clean air. She exited the pitlane without problem, however during the pitstop one of the wheels had caught a brake caliper and on re-joining the race Mann began to lose brake fluid. Two laps later her brakes failed completely, and the young Brit took a trip across the gravel and out of the race.
Fortunately she avoided contact with the tyre wall, but the incident put an end to what had already been a frustrating event for the series' only female driver.
With two DNFs, Mann undoubtedly suffered a frustrating weekend, however the 24 year-old remained pragmatic and is looking forward to returning to Estoril at the end of the month: "Today I think we were lucky to escape with no damage to myself or the car to be honest! It's not been a good weekend but we have to move on. Estoril is one of my favourite circuits so I'm hoping we can have a strong performance there, and maybe pick up some more points to put towards the championship."