David Fairbrother and Ross Wylie bounced back from early disappointment to come away with good results at Brands Hatch to end the Porsche Carrera Cup season.
The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services teammates had high hopes coming into the weekend, but qualifying problems for Wylie meant he started race one last on the grid, before an inspired drive led to an eventual tenth-placed finish. He followed up in race two with an 11th place, securing third place in the Rookie standings – a fine reward for his work.
“It certainly wasn’t the weekend we wanted,” said Ross. “Friday was looking quite promising. The first practice was good for us, we had an issue in the second session but we were happy with how it went. After that, qualifying was a bit of a disaster with the tyre deflating. We still don’t know the reason for it happening but it destroyed the weekend, as we were last on the grid for both races. It was good fun starting from the back. I had a lot of fun in the mixed condition, a lot of fun. All things aside, it was quite a decent day considering we were off the back of the grid. There is still a lot of pace to find but we can reflect over the winter.”
Fairbrother suffered clutch problems in race one, and disappointingly had to retire, but in race two had a race-long fight for second in Pro-Am2 with Shamus Jennings and Iain Dockerill, eventually finishing in a strong third place, showing that he had the overall pace of the fastest runners in class and setting up the prospect of a promising 2018 season.
“We build through the weekend, and get the result on race day,” said David. “Someone once told me ‘you never get a trophy on Friday, you get them on Sunday!’ Without the clutch issues in the first race I felt we could have won it, and that would have put the cat amongst the pigeons with everything.
“We showed what we could do in race two, we were as fast as anybody in class and are looking forward to next year. We’ve got some unfinished business.”
“Losing the tyre off the rim set the tone for the weekend,” added team boss Mark Jenkins. “It affected both races because Ross had to start from the back. Both of the guys drove well in the second race, Ross was happy with the balance of the car and David got on the podium. They did well to recover from what was a horrible weekend.”
The team and drivers will now turn their attention to the 2018 season and the arrival of the brand new 991 GT3 Cup generation 2 car.
Posted on 5th October 2017
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