Ben Clucas Racing

Difficult Weekend at Monza as Car is too Damaged to Race

After some promising testing times a crash on Friday meant the number 32 car was unable to continue

 

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Difficult Weekend at Monza as Car is too Damaged to Race After some competitive running at Silverstone, both Ben and the team were really looking forward to Monza. With the cars great straight line speed, coupled with Ben's knowledge of the circuit, everyone was hoping for a very good weekend.

Testing started off well in the only dry session on Friday. Robert Hissom, who also drives the number 32 car, started the session and set competitive lap times. Half way through the young British driver then jumped in for his stint and eventually ended up a strong 7th, and fastest Jaguar runner.

As the 2nd test session got underway, the predicted rain fell with Ben this time starting the session. The car had never before run in the rain and was again in the top 6 or 7 cars when the drivers changed over to give Robert some laps in the wet. With little of the session to go the track had dried enough for slicks, so the team brought the car in and changed tyres, to again get more valuable data. Unfortunately, going into Ascari in slippery conditions, Robert lost the rear over a bump and this sent the car straight across the track and into the wall at high speed. Luckily the driver was fine, but the car had suffered too much damage to be able to run for the rest of the weekend.

Ben was obviously disappointed but philosophical afterwards. "The main thing is that Robert is ok and not hurt. I'm of course a little down that we are not racing, especially at Monza, which is probably my favourite track in the world. These things happen though, they were tricky conditions and it was very easy to make a mistake. I think we again proved the car is very competitive and I'm sure we'll improve it further still for Oschersleben. I'm just now really looking forward to the next race and doing some testing before then.

 

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