Garry Findlay finally broke his run of bad luck in the 2014 VdeV endurance series, as a charging recovery drive was rewarded with a post-
The Briton had long maintained that fortune had been the missing piece of a puzzle that had already seen the #32 CD Sport squad put together potential podium runs in the opening rounds at Barcelona, Le Mans and Paul Ricard, but early in the three-
Although Findlay hadn’t been too Dijon for three years, he was quickly back into the groove and, living up to his newly-
“Being promoted to ‘elite’ status has pros and cons and, while it is good recognition of my ability, it makes it harder for the team in both qualifying and the race,” Findlay commented, “It is unlikely that we’ll be able to repeat the sort of top four starting position we enjoyed at the start of the season, but at least I’ll be able to go for it from now on!”
Such was the Briton’s pace, it took him just 35 minutes to pick up 20 places, before dropping back again when the #32 made a scheduled stop for fuel. Although he was quickly able to regain the lost positions, his stint ended with the return of the rain, ensuring he had to concentrate before pitting under the safety car to hand over to Kevin Besancon for the run to the chequered flag.
“The last five minutes were particularly tricky, as the amount of moisture on my visor wasn’t representative of the amount on the track,” Findlay admitted, “Fortunately, I was still able to make good time and pass people to bring us back up to fourth position before handing over to Kevin. With Ines having taken our additional drive-
Again, the #32 moved from eighth to fourth, but Besancon appeared to have reached the ceiling of the team’s potential as the end of the race neared. Despite his best attempts, he could not close sufficiently to put the third-
“We gambled slightly in sending Kevin out on my set of slicks, but the damp track had saved a little in terms of degradation and he didn’t appear to struggle as he regained the places we lost in the stop,” Findlay claimed, “The strategy also saved us a little in terms of time spent in the pits and that made the difference in the end as we would have finished third had the #56 car made the right number of driver changes.
“After the blows we suffered in the first three races of the year, it is nice to see fortune finally shining on the #32. Fourth place would have been a good result in itself, but it was nice to learn that we had been bumped up into a podium position. Although it would have been better to have actually been able to get up there and accept the trophies, we’ll take the result and the points and use them positively going into the next round. It has been a good weekend all round, with fastest lap another plus to take away, especially from the first meeting where I’ve been classified as an ‘elite’ driver, and I’m already looking forward to Aragon.”
Round five of the 2014 VdeV Series takes place over nine hours at Motorland Aragon in southern Spain over the weekend of 29-
FORTUNE FINALLY FINDS GARRY IN FRANCE