Accident ends Motorbase’s British GT opening challenge
The Wrotham-based outfit’s #8 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 had started the race in a strong P9 position after a sound debut qualifying performance by Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh. Unfortunately, shortly after picking up a drive through penalty in the opening minutes, Dryburgh was involved in a huge shunt at Pilgrim’s Drop that pitched the Vantage into the barriers just after the 40 minute mark.
Remarkably, Dryburgh emerged from the car unscathed but the Vantage sustained major damage and was returned to the pits by the recovery crew. It was a disappointing end to weeks of intense build up and preparation for the start of the season for the Motorbase squad which now has just two weeks to complete an extensive rebuild ahead of the next round of the British GT Championship at Rockingham on April 30/May 1.
Team Manager Jim Hersey:
“Both drivers adapted well to the car with Phil having had a GT sabbatical and Ross moving across from the McLaren of last season. Ross was unlucky to have hit traffic on his quick lap which didn’t show his true potential in qualifying. Unfortunately the race will be remembered for the sizeable accident and it’s testament to the strength and build of the Aston that Phil suffered no more than bruising. When people see the TV coverage they’ll see what I mean. I’m equally astounded at how calm and composed Phil’s radio message back to us was as soon as the car had settled describing what had happened.
“We intend to put this behind us now and look forward to Rockingham where recent testing showed that we were competitive.”
“It certainly wasn’t the dream start that we were hoping for but unfortunately these things happen in racing. I’m incredibly thankful that the Motorbase boys built such a strong car – the on-board cameras showed 7 rolls before it finally gave up so I’m very lucky to have escaped with only bruises.”
“It’s a real shame for the team after all of the hard work put in pre-season but I feel sure that the boys will do a sterling job as usual to get the car ready for Rockingham.”
Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of the two hour race from 7.30am on Saturday April 23. Further highlights shows will be shown on BT Sport and MotorsTV. For a full TV schedule please visit http://www.britishgt.