LMES - Silverstone 1000 Kms - Hour 2
The Safety Car seems to be on track as the second
hour starts, simply because the rain became very heavy. M. Short
was involved in suggesting that it was called out.
The weather forecast is now suggesting that it will
not dry out today – this is the heavy rain that was forecast
– later… and heavy.
Minassian and McN are right together on the track,
of course, as they were before the SC. Erdosse, Vosse and Kurosawa
(who has pitted – and slipping to tenth) are third, fourth
and ‘fifth’. Erdos and Vosse are 48 seconds apart in
the queue (on the same lap as #7 and #4). Barbosa takes fifth, but
two laps down.
Surely the first two are about to pit?
75 minutes: the JMB 575 has had problems with its
Shimoda is six laps down, in 38th place, just ahead
of the Tracsport Tampolli. As cars ahead pit under the SC, Pompidou
and R’feller move up to seventh and eighth. Palttala is the
only other GT2 on the same lap.
Kaufmann is a lap clear of the next three in GT1,
which are Kox, Malucelli and Bouchut, in 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
The Aston and the other BMS Ferrari are a lap behind
It looks as though it will be a six hour race…..
Kurosawa pits again – he’s vomited over
himself. Stack in.
The Lister is 11th, fourth in LMP1, ahead of the
Jota Zytek now – with the ladies in #19 next up, 16th overall.
is a bizarre race.
80 minutes – racing again…. Neither
of the first two has pitted. Visibility is still appalling. Justin
Keen unlaps himself from McNish……
Barbosa pitted for fuel as the SC pulled in…
84 mins.: Minassian and Erdos pit, McNish leads
for the first time, but he has the Lister ahead on the road. Min.
and Erd. Stay in their cars.
Pompidou in the gravel from the GT2 lead –
SC again. R’feller leads GT2. McNish still hasn’t pitted……
Lister up to seventh.
McN pits under the SC, Ortelli takes over, and meets
a red light at pit exit, and we think he’ll lose a lap.
ended his stint and described what it was like to race in the wet
without a windscreen wiper; “I couldn’t see a thing!
When I was following the safety car down the pit straight, I actually
had to open the door and stick my head out to see where I was going.
At other times I had to go across the grass. Basically, whenever
I was following a car, I couldn’t see past the bonnet. I certainly
wouldn’t want to drive another stint like that!” Without
this problem and the stop/go penalty, Pearce reckoned that he would
have been challenging for the class lead.
reported no problems with the #95 Peninsular TVR other than a visibility
problem caused by a misting screen that caused his slow lap near
the start of the race (not tyres).
Del Delaronde parked the Tracsport Tampoli behind
the barriers and it looked as though Eddie Morris would sadly have
to wait a bit longer for his prototype debut.
McNish was apparently livid with the race organisers that the Safety
Car didn’t come out earlier in the atrocious conditions.
was totally unacceptable, you could not see a thing. The Pescarolo
spun on the straight. I was shocked, I have never been put in so
much danger in my life.”
Jankowski at Creation tells us that McNish and Minassian were side
by side under the Safety Car shaking their heads in disbelief. “I’m
worried about people, we ought to stop the race. The drivers say
it is too dangerous. There’s a group of managers complaining
Short: “Joao said he was down to 20mph, that’s why I
went to see the Clerk of the Course. I asked them to bring out the
Safety Car. They did but when the rain eased again they pulled it
in! There was still as much water on the track.”
Meanwhile at RML, Mike Newton was happy to leave
Tommy Erdos out there at the head of the class.
Mystery surrounds the reason why the Audi now finds
itself in the train behind the saftey car ahead of the DBA, almost,
but not quite, a full lap down. The reasoning being that if the
R8 was held at the end of the pitlane (as it should have been with
the train approaching, it should only have rejoined at the tail
of the queue and not in the middle).
The safety car is withdrawn but then immediately
rejoins as the two LNT TVRs have a coming together at Stowe, both
Paltalla now leads GT2, the #73 Ice Pol Porsche
is yet to pit though, GT1 leader Kaufmann is now up to seventh overall
The RML MG Lola has been helped out enormously by
the Safety Car shenanigans, the deficit of almost a lap to the lead
cars now down to just 13 seconds, the #25 car though seems to have
a problem with its throttle, the action seeming to lack progression,
not what you want in this weather.
15 at 2 Hours:
25, 30, 36, 73, 53, 8, 6, 67, 89, 90, 13, 19, 97
Hancock spun the Binnie Lola exiting Woodcote – and the marshal
was still waving the green flag, because the SC had just ‘pitted’.
Green flag racing… with a car on the grass just past start-finish.
No wonder some drivers are outraged.