Northampton sportscar ace, Jamie Derbyshire came away from round six of the British GT Championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire with his first non-finish of the season after driving partner, Shaun Balfe, was knocked out of second ...
Northampton sportscar ace, Jamie Derbyshire came away from round six of the British GT Championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire with his first non-finish of the season after driving partner, Shaun Balfe, was knocked out of second place.
Derbyshire, with backing this season from Spirit Volkswagen of Banbury and Leamington Spa, had been geared up for the Castle Combe race after a poor result at Silverstone last month. The team had worked incredibly hard to get the car ready following a small fire in qualifying on Saturday afternoon and had stamped their authority on the rest of the field by setting the fastest time in the race morning warm-up.
However, as Balfe battled for the lead with the other Mosler, of Rollcentre racing, he took an impact on the right front wheel, causing damage to the suspension and ending the pairs event and dropping them from the top of the points table for the first time this year.
A gutted Derbyshire was disappointed to come away form the weekend with no points.
"It is a shame that we have been so unlucky in the last two races. We knew that we had one of the best cars on the grid this weekend as the times that we were putting in were keeping us ahead of the rest of the field. It is unfortunate to be put out of the race because of someone else's mistake, but that is part of racing and it has made us more determined to get back onto the winners step at the next race." Said Jamie.
The team will now be using the three-week break before the next round of the series at Oulton Park In Cheshire on July 12/13 to fully prepare the Mosler MT900R and take the battle back to the rest of the grid on a circuit which should suit the powerful American machine.
"The car should really suit Oulton Park." Explains Jamie, "The long straights will be good and will allow good overtaking opportunities and the twisty sections are similar to Knockhill and we had a good pair of results there so we will go out and see what we can do." He said.