Frustrating end to British GT season for Duncan

Duncan went toe-to-toe with the championship contenders in British GT’s final 2013 race at Donington Park, but was knocked out of contention by an unexpected penalty.

The weekend initially followed a script familiar from other races this season, with a 75kg weight penalty holding the Von Ryan Racing McLaren MP4-12C back in qualifying, but Gregoire Demoustier charging through the field to join the leaders before the hand-over to Duncan.

The Surrey racer then settled into his usual role of protecting Demoustier’s gains from rival professional drivers in faster, ballast-free cars. But a stop-go penalty for overtaking under yellow flags brought an end to his dogged defence, dropping him to seventh place and a minute off the lead.

Duncan said: “Just the same as always, it was very hard to do anything in qualifying because of the extra weight – I was however very happy with my lap. Then Greg did a very good job in the first stint as always. He overtook all the people he was supposed to overtake and got as high as third.

“We had a good pitstop, I left the pits in fourth, and was able to hold the position ahead of guys who were going for the championship. I then got a penalty for overtaking under yellow, which seemed harsh and took us out of the mix. When I rejoined our pace was still good, but our finishing position wasn’t really where we belonged.”

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