Garry Findlay’s hopes of a second successive top five finish with the Graff Racing team were dashed within an hour of the start of round four of the 2015 VdeV sportscar series.
Having claimed fourth place on debut with the French outfit following a change of teams for round three in Spain, Findlay headed to Dijon with hopes of a podium return, and appeared on course for just that – and maybe even a first VdeV victory – when he was sidelined by a faulty fuel pump on the #91 Ligier JS53 Evo.
“Having run with full tanks in first practice and then used the other two to try and cure the understeer issue, we didn’t really knew where we stood, but things were looking good until I came across one of the CD Sport cars a couple of corners from home on my flying lap,” the 26-
Despite his frustration at having to start from row three on a circuit where overtaking is notoriously difficult, the former FFord and F3 ace wasted little time in making progress through the field, quickly moving up to third place and enjoying a battle for second before being able to assume the position and begin chasing down Graff team-
Before the battle could get interesting, however, Findlay began to suffer the effects of fuel surge, with the #91 cutting in and out in third and fourth gear. Although the team advised him to carry on as best he could, the problem gradually got worse, allowing chasing drivers the opportunity to re-
“We could have won!” Findlay grimaced later, “I definitely had the pace to get to the front and my co-
With two months between races and the 12 Hours of Paul Ricard next on the agenda, the Graff team has taken the precaution of fitting a secondary fuel pump to the patriotically-
“Bad luck seems to be following me at the moment, but we hope to put that right at Ricard,” he smiled, “In fairness, reliability has been good with the Graff car and that will be very important in a twelve-
Round five of the 2015 VdeV Series takes place over twelve hours at Paul Ricard in southern France over the weekend of 28-
Fuel pump fails Garry in France