Loose wheel derails Duncan’s Silverstone glory bid
Monday, May 27th, 2013
A possible Silverstone British GT victory slipped away from Duncan and his Von Ryan Racing team-mate Gregoire Demoustier when he was forced into the pits for a lengthy repair.
Duncan said: “Qualifying was very good, and we knew our race pace was going to be strong. Greg started, had a pretty good first stint and got up to as high as, I think, fifth. Then there was a safety car and the team opted to pit early.”
Unfortunately when Duncan took the car out for his stint he found the right rear wheel was loose: “When I went to push the rear of the car started to snake around all over the place, so I brought it carefully back into the pits.”
There the team found the loose wheel had damaged an upright, and 15 minutes were needed to change it.
He said: “I honestly believe that without the mistake, and if we’d carried on, a win was on the cards. We were looking very, very strong and the pace of the car was fast. Apart from the mishap the team did a very good job and hopefully our luck will change soon.”
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship returns to action at Snetterton on June 15. Further news regarding Duncan’s 2013 racing programme is expected very shortly.