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August 2018

A terrible weekend at SIlverstone

Last weekend, we were at Silverstone for the fourth official round of the European Le Mans Series. Unfortunately, we had a very bad weekend. Despite our great pace in practice and qualifying, we weren’t able to score points in the race on Saturday. During the Four Hours of Silverstone we were plagued with technical problems and we couldn’t score any points.

Silverstone

Silverstone is ofcourse a great track to race on. The history of this place is visible everywhere and the British fans are among the most polite and most interested out there. This is what make racing in England so special and the sacred ground of Silverstone is extra special. You want to do well on a track like this and it was frustrating to see that it wasn’t going to happen.

Faulty Gearbox

As I’ve mentioned, we had great pace in practice and qualifying. Everything seemed possible for the race and we were really focussing on race pace, that’s where we’re usually on our best as a pair. Unfortunately, after three laps we had a gearbox problem and it took our team seven laps to fix it. This meant that we were out of contention for a good result.

These moments are there to learn from and we decided to use the race as a test to gain as much data as we could. We were still hoping for one or two points but the race didn’t bring us any luck.

Everything is possible

Ofcourse I’m not happy, especially because this weekend I was quicker than my teammate Giorgio Mondini. Our first half of the season went very well but after losing points in a crash at the Red Bull Ring, this was another dissapointment. Luckily, we’re still in a shared second place in the championship, so there’s still everything to play for. What has happened to us could happen to someone else.

Again, I’ve learned a lot from this weekend and I’m already looking forward to the next race, where we’ll be trying to bounce back as strong as possible!