Last weekend at Silverstone hosted the first world championship on races on endurance (WEC) and the European series of Le Mans (ELMS). Russian team G-Drive Racing, playing in the LMP2 class, finished fifth in the six-hour marathon of the FIA WEC and the second position at the finish of the four hour ELMS race.
In qualifying at Silverstone, the drivers of G-Drive Racing was quickest and won the 20th in the history of the team the pole position. Alex Lynn, the first conductive segment of the marathon, did not unnecessarily risk on the starting lap and missed the two rivals. The Englishman did not lag behind the competitors and after the first wave of pit stops, the crew of G-Drive Racing took to second place and began to catch up with the leader.
But the unexpected happened: due to a broken lock fastening the right door of the cockpit of the prototype opened on the go. At the request of the judges, the team was forced to make a second stop in the pits earlier than planned and eventually subsequent stops had also carried out early rivals, which led to a serious backlog.
Lost in the result of the round against the leaders, the crew of Roman Rusinov, Pierre Tire and Alexa Lynn fell back to seventh place. Nevertheless, by the finish of the six-hour marathon thanks to a great pace – the team climbed to fifth place and gained important points in the championship standings.
“That is to say, of course we are very disappointed, – said Roman Rusinov. – Our speed was allowed to win the race. But the situation with the door lock once again proved how unpredictable the race. Anything can happen, and the result sometimes is affected by even a small detail.
We still have until the end to figure out what was the cause of this embarrassing failure – or it happened due to vibrations, or dirt. Forced pit stop spoiled our strategy. When in the pits at the track the yellow flags and the speed limit – shortly after our next stop in the pits rivals took advantage and refueled. This led to even greater loss of time.
However, we fought until the end. Despite the difficult weather conditions – periodically over the track a light rain was falling – we were able to avoid mistakes and showed great pace.”
On the eve of racing in the FIA WEC in Silverstone hosted the first round of the European series of Le Mans (ELMS). This year G-Drive Racing protects won last season title. The crew of the Russian team in this championship represent memo Rojas, Ryo Hirakawa and Leo Roussel, throughout the distance waged a hard struggle in the leading group. After the last pit-stop G-Drive Racing led the peloton, but three minutes before the finish of the four-hour marathon lost the first position, winning in the end silver.
The next stage of the FIA WEC will take place on 6 may at the Belgian Spa.
The second ELMS race will be held on may 14 at the Italian Monza.
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