- SPIRIT RACING SUFFERS FRUSTRATING START TO 2007 CAMPAIGN
The Spirit Racing
team had frustrating start to its attack on the European VdeV championship
in Jarama in Spain at the weekend (March 17-18), with both cars
being hampered by mechanical problems.
got the team off to a flying start in qualifying, putting his and
Simon Phillips’ car onto pole position for the three hour
race. However, it wasn’t as easy in the other side of the
team garage as Jamie and Adam Derbyshire’s car struggled with
mechanical problems throughout the weekend.
A gearbox temperature
issue hampered testing for the pair, before the team finally managed
to find what they hope is a permanent fix for the problem. As the
car went out for qualifying, though, it developed an engine misfire,
leaving Adam and Jamie 20th out of the 38 car field.
In the race,
the team managed to solve the problem on the Derbyshire car after
changing some of the electronic sensors, which had been fooling
the engine management to shut down the engine. When Adam and Jamie
finally got a car that was running right, they started to set lap
times equal to the leading squads - on the way to 16th place at
the flag, proving that the Spirit cars have the pace to run at the
More drama was
to follow for Garofall and Phillips however, as they too picked
up an engine misfire just three laps into the three-hour race. Unfortunately
the team was unable to trace the cause of the problem and the pair
were forced to retire the car to avoid causing any damage to the
definitely been a mixed weekend for us,” said Jamie Derbyshire.
“The gearbox temperature problem was frustrating as we have
been testing to get the cars reliable, instead of setting up for
speed in the short time we’ve had. So to miss out on the testing
with it made it hard work for us. Then to get a misfire too, put
us back even further.”
we got the car running properly we were pleased with the times we
could do in the race though. Rob did a great job putting their car
on pole and we couldn’t believe it when they picked up a misfire
too,” he added.
a nice start to the weekend and the season, taking pole position,”
said Rob Garofall. “There are some first class drivers in
the VdeV series and to be quickest straight out of the box was just
what the team needed. It was really positive right up until the
race, when it turned to frustration for us.
we proved the quality of the team and the pace of the cars over
the weekend, which was one of our main aims and we will be putting
in plenty of testing miles between now and the next round, so we
can get the cars fully sorted.”
The team will
be back in action in five weeks time, at the French circuit of Val
de Vienne for another three-hour race.