British GT Aston Martin GT3 driver Richard Abra, from Barwell Motorsport, writes for Racing.GT about his team’s high drama at Rockingham.
To say I’m gutted about last weekend is a massive understatement. Rockingham was full of highs and lows, ending in a massive low. After such a positive qualifying session putting the Aston seventh with a time that would have put us second on last year’s grid, I was full of confidence going into the 2-hour race.
Unfortunately in FP1 my team mate (Mark Poole) made unavoidable contact with a spinning Z4, which as it turns out had a very serious knock on affect in that the crash had damaged parts of the braking system, which later failed during the race. The problem was getting worse and worse throughout my stint as I was trying to hang on to the back of Jonny Adam while having my mirrors full of a very fast Matt Bell, who raced me hard but must be said very fair.
I was then forced to Pit, the team did their best to get the car back out but the decision was then made to retire the car. I was gutted, but this is racing and we have to take the positives which are that Mark and I as a pairing are very competitive, the car is quick and the team (who were equally as gutted) did an awesome job throughout the weekend, they worked hard repairing the car after the crash and performed one of the fastest pit stops of the race.
Next up is Silverstone, we have a 3-hour race there which I cannot wait for. The car is very well suited to the fast and flowing corners plus Mark and I much prefer the longer races, so fingers crossed for some better luck.