Motorsport – Rounds 3 & 4 - 2004
British GT Championship
The Luck of the Irish – All of it Bad
A weekend which promised much, on the Mondello Park circuit which
is well suited to the wieldy TVR, ended with bitter disappointment
for Eclipse Motorsport.
race had started well, with Steve Hyde starting from ninth on
grid, and dicing hard (in the newly reliveried
#60 TVR T400R) with the brand new TVR of Lawrence Tomlinson. After
crawling all over the rear of the #40 car into, through and on
the exit of almost every corner, the Eclipse driver came out on
It looked set
fair for a good points result as the TVR started to close down
Corvette ahead but, as the pit window approached,
Steve tangled with a Cup class Ferrari at the exit of the tricky
and fast ‘Bike World’ bend. Both cars spun and hit
the unforgiving earth bank: the drivers were unhurt, but the Ferrari
suffered heavy damage to front and rear, with the Eclipse car emerging
with splintered bodywork and damage to the left rear suspension.
“It was one of those things,” Steve said later, “A
racing incident. Hopefully we can fix the car and get out there
crew set to work immediately to assess and repair the damage,
to get the car back on track for Sunday’s
Round 4 race.
As Sunday morning
dawned it seemed as if they had waved the magic wand. The bodywork
patched up, a replacement shock absorber
had been sourced and fitted and the various bits and pieces associated
with a top class GT racer’s rear left corner had been checked,
repaired or replaced.
took the car out for a two lap check during the lunch break and
to pronounce the car fit and well. Eclipse’s
weekend looked to be on the up…. until the crew noticed an
oil leak from the right hand rear corner.
showed a broken circlip and wheel bearing on the opposite side
from the original impact point: the shock
of the impact had evidently been transferred through the differential
to the right hand corner. Without sufficient spares to effect a
repair at the track, it would be impossible to race. Despite the
fact that the TVR’s straight six was fully on song all weekend
it was “Nul Points” from the Irish jury for the 2004
It was a long drive back to base, but there is plenty of time
to get the TVR back into rude health for the next race weekend,
at Snetterton on 5 / 6 June.
the song says – Things
can only get better.