Darren Turner’s home event of the FIA GT1 World Championship turned into a weekend to forget after two frustrating races at Silverstone.
Darren started the qualifying race from fourth place, making a clean getaway before a bit of a rub from the pole-sitting Corvette at turn one. Unfortunately it all went wrong at turn four when the No.8 Aston got a rude thump from behind from Brabham’s Nissan GT-R, which spun Darren into another Nissan, causing race-ending damage to the DBR9.
“It was a bit messy at turn one,” he said. “The Corvette ran a bit wide and tagged me but it was all okay. When I went into turn four though I got hit from behind which wasn’t too bad but this pushed me into a spin and I got hit again very hard. It was poor driving really. Everyone needs to remember that it’s the first lap so they’re on cold tyres.”
In today’s championship race it was Stefan Mucke’s turn to take the start and he played a blinder, moving up from 15th to eighth on the first lap. All was well until just before the pit window opened. Stefan was running in eighth place with the Nissan of Richard Westbrook on his tail. Then Westbrook made his move.
“Westbrook tried an optimistic move at Becketts, which sent both cars off the track,” explained Darren. “It’s very disappointing considering what happened yesterday. Unfortunately in the heat of the moment Stefan made an error of judgement and unintentionally hit the Nissan as both cars limped back to the pits.”
“For a home event the highlight was qualifying fourth,” he continued. “To do so well considering the ballast we were running was great. We’ve been doing well lately, collecting points, but now we’ve had a weekend to forget. Hopefully we can put this behind us quickly and get back to scoring points.”