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October 19, 2019

Richard Abra – Character Building

Richard Abra – Character Building

After the massive high of a great couple of weeks’ racing at silverstone (finishing 5th in British GT and 2nd in Blancpain PRO AM) we were feeling pretty confident going to Snetterton for our first taste of the 2x 1 hour race format. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be!

After FP1&2 I felt we had a fast car, although the times didn’t really show it. I wasn’t worried as yet again I never really got a clear lap so I was happy to be where we were considering the traffic i had. Mark then took the new tyres in FP2 and put a string of fast times together filling us with confidence going into qualifying.

Qualifying was wet which we knew wouldn’t be too much of an issue for us as we felt we found a good wet set up in the car. But as soon as Mark went out for his session he complained of a throttle problem, this was quickly diagnosed as a throttle sensor issue but with no time to fix. Mark brilliantly pushed on and put a brilliant lap in at the end putting him P3 on the Grid!!! With 30 mins between qualifying sessions we decided to change the throttle sensor for my session but time was against us and with no time to calibrate the sensor I had to go out to make sure I qualified, for me the problem was much worse, with the throttle stuck open when changing gear and not getting full throttle my lap was tricky and I could only manage p15!

In race one Mark started from the second row, got stuck behind the slow getting away Audi R8 which backs the pack up and with one of the Trackspeed Porsches taking to the apex without seeing our car already there we got turned around and then heavily collected by another Trackspeed Porsche who had no where to go! We had huge damage to the rear of the car and it was a race against time to get the car fixed for the second race, the team pulled out all the stops and amazingly rebuilt the right rear corner just in time.

I was starting from a long way back but was excited to see how far up through the field we could get, my main target was to bring the car home to hand over to Mark who’s pace against the other AM drivers has been very strong. Unfortunately while battling with the M-Sport Audi R8 and as a result of the earlier crash we were loosing power steering fluid which inevitably ended our race just 5 laps in! We were gutted – but this is racing and i think they call these weekends ‘Character building’

Moving forward we’ve had a bit of a break after a few back to back races which has been a huge amount of fun. Next up is the Aston Martin Centenary race at Brands Hatch on the 7th July which we are using as a bit of testing ahead of the British GT race there. Also we should have some very excited news to release next week so stay tuned!


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