Ben Clucas Racing

Further Improvements Made At Oschersleben

Despite a difficult weekend in terms of results, further developments made to the car give Ben confidence for future races

 

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Further Improvements Made At Oschersleben It was always going to be a tough weekend for Ben and the Apex Motorsport team at Oschersleben, with the tight twisty nature of the circuit not really suiting the strong straight line pace of the Jaguar XKR.

So it proved to be, in testing the number 32 car eventually ending up 21st quickest in the 40 car strong field.

On the positive side though, the drivers reported the car felt better in terms of handling, and despite having run in higher positions at previous rounds, was actually closer to the fastest lap pace than it had ever been before.

Ben's team mate Robert Hissom jumped in the car for qualifying 1 and did a good job to end up 35th at the end of the session, given the fact he had never been to the track before, and had limited running before hand.

In qualifying 2 it was Ben's turn and he did a good lap to eventually end up 17th on the grid, quite well clear of the other Jaguar runners. Unfortunately at the end of the session, slight contact with a Ford GT caused a little bit of damage. It was only a fairly minor hit, but with the long parc ferme after the session, it meant it was hard for the team to get the car ready in time for race 1. Everyone within Apex Motorsport pulled together and did a fantastic job, but unfortunately they missed the start of the race by 1 lap. This affectively made race 1 a test session to get extra laps, and make sure no further damage had gone unnoticed.

For race 2, again more improvements were made to the car and Ben immediately felt the difference. A few laps in he was up to 15th on the back of the cars fighting for the top 10. Later into his stint a safety car was deployed. A quick decision by the team to use the break to get the compulsory driver change out the way eventually meant Robert was up to 9th when all the stops were completed. With 5 minutes to go it looked like the number 32 Jaguar was on for it's first top ten of the season, when Robert got tapped and spun round, eventually recovering to 13th.

Ben was reasonably happy with the weekend despite the tough results " Overall I think it was actually quite a good weekend. Despite the disappointing position, I felt we had really improved the car since Monza and it is the closest we’ve been to the pace so far, even when we have been running further up the field. We are improving the car all the time, as it is in its first full year of racing, and I think we made some significant steps forward over the weekend. I really believe the car has the potential to be right up the front once we start getting the best from it."

"I cant wait to get some testing done before the next round so we can make further steps forward and see where we end up at Brno"

 

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