Racing drivers aren't very fond of terminal failures during races, and they are especially gutting when they occur early. Such pain was the only thing David Ostella had to endure last weekend during his foray into endurance racing at the 25 Hours...
Racing drivers aren't very fond of terminal failures during races, and they are especially gutting when they occur early. Such pain was the only thing David Ostella had to endure last weekend during his foray into endurance racing at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. On just lap two of the event, with Ostella and his teammates barely settled in the pit, car owner Steve Zadig was forced to retire the Green Alternative Motorsports entry due to engine failure.
"I'm not exactly sure how the engine blew up, but it was a parts failure, nothing Steve did behind the wheel," Ostella said upon his return to Canada. "It was just a huge letdown that I didn't get to race. I was really getting into the concept of the event and really looking forward to the experience."
Yet although little of what he was looking forward to came to fruition on the weekend, Ostella enjoyed his time behind the wheel and became quite comfortable in a new car. "It was actually very similar to the Star Mazda car," he said of the Honda powered M20F. "That was a big advantage for me, because I knew the track already and the car was quite similar. It had a lot of grip when I drove it in practice, and the only thing that took some time to get used to was not sitting in the middle. I was off to the left, which made it difficult to judge my right side consistently!"
Ostella mastered that issue in little time, and was quickest of the three team drivers who took to the track during practice. He didn't get to experience pit stops, driver changes or racing at night, but for that there is always another event. David travelled to California for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill due to continued generous support from Global Precast Intercontinental, Alpinestars and RAW Integrated Ltd. For now he returns to school with the 2010 season just around the corner.