LMES – Silverstone – Race Report 2 - Hours 2
The second hour began with the 99 and 28 P2s in trouble
(P2 true to form), but at the front, the two Courages and Pullan
in the K2 were convincingly 1-2-3.
brought the seven second gap to Pierre Kaffer down to one second
by lap 36, with Jamie Davies 14 seconds behind #22.
64 minutes and
37 laps and the two leaders were nose to tail - Kerr then going
right round the outside of Kaffer at Club (in traffic) and taking
the lead. Kerr made good use of traffic to pull out a gap straight
A black and
orange flag for the K2 Pilbeam then saw Pullan pit, and a replacement
nose fitted. Two laps lost, so Gounon is well way in the lead, ahead
of Gosselin. Pullan had contact with a GTS car, damaging the nose.
Our spotter reckoned it was very light damage.
copped a two minute penalty.... but doesn't seem in a rush to pit
and take it. He was two seconds behind Davies.
at 70 minutes. Maassen led GT by 30+seconds, from Long.
75 minutes and Minassian, showing no sign of pitting, was right
with Davies, for third place. Ian Bickerton has an expression which
suggests that he has sorted that out successfully. It was going
to be a penalty for not having extinguishers available at the pit
stop - but they were.
smoke having been seen coming from the Belmondo Courage. Gounon
leads by miles, from the Palmyr Lucchini and the WR.
76 minutes and
Kerr and Keen come together at Stowe, the Lister spinning, the race
The crowd figure
today is 14,000.
stop for Kerr at 80 minutes, 46 laps. Tyres and Chris Dyson. The
team wanted to check the car over after the contact with the Lister.
Kaffer led by
22 seconds from Davies, with Minassian half a second behind, then
Capello and Hignett well separated in fourth and fifth, Chris Dyson
sixth. Barbosa, Keen, Erdos and Lupberger completed the top ten.
lap 49 and Chris Dyson was the fastest man on the track - but a
lap down, running between the Veloqx Audis. He stayed in front of
The Lola Caterpillar
is in the top 20 - in 20th place. Alzen was in 12th, one place behind
Gounon, and 37 seconds ahead of Bouchut.
was seen on his knees, helping to fit a new clucth in the JWR RSR.
Ominously, the old one looked fine.
Post the first
stops for all the GTs (it isn't very close in this usually close
#93 (Jones - 22nd overall)
85 mins and
Barbosa pitted early, to change tyres and for Pat Pearce to take
over. The Nasamax pitted at the same time, Robbie (stalling) Stirling
90 minutes and Kaffer's lead had grown to 36 seconds. The best race
was still Minassian chasing Davies, the gap less than two seconds.
Dyson was chasing Justin Keen, but was under pressure to lose a
lap to Jamie Davies.
Minassian passed Davies for second, at Becketts. These two were
45 seconds behind Kaffer. Capello a steady fourth, 20 seconds further
back, Hignett another 20 behind.
GT and GTS leaders
in trouble? Alzen was seen going slowly, while the Jones Cirtek
Porsche was sounding rough. Alzen (no, Konrad himself)
had a left rear puncture, having spun at Becketts. The long journey
back lets Larbre into the GTS lead, but the former third placed
GNM Saleen (Bennett) has pitted with a problem. He was hit by a
prototype. Konrad replaced one tyre, then came back for three more.
Tampolli has had two penalties - for pit lane speeding and flapping
One hour 45
minutes and the leaders started a regular series of stops. Davies
first (for Herbert), Kaffer a lap later, with Minassian. McNish
got in for the first time. Capello then pitted, for Ara. New tyres
Jones was lapping
in 2:02 in the GT race leader. Peter Owen stopped in the complex
in the K2 Pilbeam, with an oil flag showing behind him. He managed
to limp back to the pits.
Post the pit
stops, we had:
Erdos (yet to stop) -21.
Erdos then pitted
at 122 minutes.
Jones (#93 Cirtek
Porsche) has stopped on the circuit as we approached two hours,
so GT is:
#70 JMB Ferrari
#81 Farnbacher Porsche -38
#89 TVR! -5
The gap between
the two Audis and the two Zyteks has grown - from 39 seconds to
45. Qualifying may not have been an Audi affair, but the race is
turning out that way, with McNish and Herbert at the wheel of 8
The Lister has
pitted with rear suspension trouble. It was a broken rear track
rod, probably as a result of the contact with Kerr (see below).
The TVR pitted
- from second in GT! Lars Nielsen looked to be off the pace in the
Farnbacher Porsche, and slipped down the order. Meanwhile, the JWR
Porsche resumed racing at 125 minutes, with its new clutch - but
43 laps down on the JMB Ferrari.
and Ara were separated by 5 and 2 seconds, in third fourth and fifth.
JC-W's gap up to Herbert had grown from 29 seconds to 42.
Frei in the
red Courage led LMP2, now by four laps from the Palmyr Lucchini.
The Tracsport Lola moved up to third in LMP2.
The K2 Pilbeam
has been retired. Contact while Pullan was at the wheel bent the
steering, and when Peter Owen was sent out, the car suffered a damage-related
suspension failure. "The Nash Saleen turned in on me at Becketts,
I got past then was hit again," said Pullan. The hub was broken.
was happy with the GNM Saleen, despite the contact (above). Phil
Bennett was fourth in class, splitting the Barron Connor Ferraris.
pitted at two and a quarter hours, fuel and new rubber.
RML Lola running
very slowly.... the engine let go on the #93 Cirtek Porsche. Maassen
reported that Jones had radioed in from the Hangar Straight saying
it had lost all power.
Two and a half
hours: the two Veloqx Audis are stuck at 47 seconds between them,
with Ara in third. Dindo Capello complained of poor handling early
on, having lost a dive plane on one front corner. Ara took over
with a new nose.
later and Herbert, running with eaxctly the same nose damage that
Lehto had at Portland, pitted for fuel and a new one. The Rollcentre
Dallara has had a long stop with gearshift actuator trouble. It
resumed racing in tenth.
JC-W has been
plummeting down the order.. we'll find out why. He was stationary
in the pits.
clearly struggling with the Yukos Porsche, which looked as though
it didn't have p/steering, still.
With the Audis
having just completed their routine stops, they are 1-2-3, Chris
– “The car has been running better than ever but we’ve
just had a long stop to replace the right rear track rod. I can
only think it was damaged in the hit with the Zytek. It was fine
after the hit so I can only presume it gave up just after Rob got
- “It was all going according to plan, I was looking after
the tyres and going nowhere near 100%. After the pitstops Kaffer
was ahead and the team told me to work the tyres a little more to
close the gap. I got the lead back and it was all going well until
the Lister decided to turn in on me. We’ve just had Chris
in for tyres and it turns out he had a slow puncture – Hopefully
he’ll be a bit more comfortable with the car now.”
John Gaw –
Tracsport Lola – “We’ve just had to pit to change
a rear light cluster (no brake or indicator lights). The car has
been really tricky to drive, the worst I’ve ever known it,
the pick-up off line is incredible, whenever you move over to let
one of the leaders by the vibration is so bad you can barely see.”
– “The power steering pump failed, it’s the first
time in around 5 years that I can ever remember that happening.
It is very hard work out there.”
John Stack (Team
Jota Zytek) – “We’ve had a good run so far, about
time we got some good luck. Sam had an excellent opening stint but
Gianni really needs to up his pace if we’re to stay in touch.”
– RML MG Lola - “I was hit quite hard at the first corner
by the Lister and the car just didn’t feel right, big understeer.
It was way better on my second set of tyres though.”
– “We’ve had a great run but got hit by the #34
K2 car. Phil brought the car in out of sequence for a check over
but we’re OK.”
DBA has been losing time with a detached exhaust system... and then
stuck in gear.
laps, nearly 3 hours
#88 -73 s
#7 -2 laps
#86 -2 laps
#59 -49 s
#31 -1 lap
#52 -12 s
#20 -5 s
in the #61 B-C Ferrari has had contact with the Cirtek Ferrari,
the latter looking as though it is out.
Rory Passey: “I
moved off line to let an Audi by and ended up with a big oversteery
moment and then the big Ferrari (#61 Barron Connor 575) appeared
and Bang! He hit me on the left rear, the car went off into the
gravel and it's all over for us today I’m afraid.”
Notice the Sebah
Porsche in second place in GT, but the car then had a brief (Pompidou)
off at Stowe. The purple TVR is still well up in GT.
The DBA has
been retired.... the first LMP1 to retire. Nicolas Minassian –
“It’s very frustrating. We were having a great run,
right in amongst the Audis again. The exhaust though failed and
that’s it I’m afraid – Roll on Spa!”