Duncan Tappy

Fight-back in France as Duncan finishes top McLaren

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Duncan showed great pace and determination as the Blancpain Endurance Series visited the Circuit Paul Ricard for its third round, carving through the field after a lengthy pitstop left his McLaren MP4-12C near to last place.

Plenty of overtaking for Duncan as he fought back through the field at Paul Ricard

Plenty of overtaking for Duncan as he fought back through the field at Paul Ricard

A stunning recovery drive saw him climb from 42nd to 18th before handing over to team-mate Greg Demoustier. The Frenchman made up further ground in the final stint, meaning the pair finished as the top-placed McLaren, 13th overall and eighth in class.

Remarkably, the performance came with very little running in practice for the car – especially for Duncan, whose first significant laps of the weekend came during qualifying.

He said: “Greg did not have many laps in the Bronze practice session, but we were still able to spot and fix a few issues.

“Overall it was a pretty tough weekend for us. For myself, after no laps in practice I was happy with my quali lap. With a few changes the race was looking good.

“Greg got caught up in a battle early on and thought he had damage, which meant we lost three mins in the pits. After that, my stint was great fun, going from P42 to P18.

“With a good last stint we ended up finishing P13 overall and P8 in class. Cut out the few issues and we would have been right up there with the podium-finishers.

“Now bring on Spa!”

The next race in the Blancpain Endurance Series will be at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday July 29th.

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