Le Mans aspirant Garry Findlay is keen to get back on track after being left to wonder what might have been after reliability issues stymied a possible run into the top ten on his second VdeV Series appearance of the year, at Paul Ricard in southern France.
Having been forced to miss the previous round at Mugello, Findlay and co-
Having qualified the #27 car on the fringes of the top ten, Findlay made further inroads as he climbed as high as seventh in the early going, and was able to hang onto the coat-
Not only did the damage hamper Findlay’s lap times, but also attracted the attention of the race officials, who ordered the Suffolk native to pit for repairs. The time lost while replacing the broken part dropped Findlay out of the top ten, and left the G-
“The engine map rules are different for VdeV and, not having had a chance to test the car between events, we kind of expected the issues to carry over from Barcelona,” Findlay revealed, “We were losing around three-
“On the positive side, however, the team worked hard to get the handling of the car dialled in so that it suited both me and Neil, and that improvement showed, particularly in Neil’s performance.”
Having completed an extended 2hr 10min opening stint, during which the former single-
“The result is obviously disappointing as we couldn’t fault the efforts of the team,” Findlay reflected, “Without the various problems, I am sure we would have finished in the top ten, which would have been a great result given that it was only our second outing of the year.
“On a personal level, however, I was very happy with the weekend. My lap times were very consistent and it was probably the best I have driven all year. The car definitely improved over Barcelona, particularly in its handling and, if we can get the engine mapping sorted, I really think it can be a contender for better results.”
While nothing is set in stone, Findlay’s next outing could come in VdeV’s three-
“We’re still working on the budget for the rest of the year, but Brands Hatch would be the ideal event to do,” Finlay concluded, “The circuit is right on the team’s doorstep, and it would present an opportunity to entertain potential sponsors, so I hope we can pull something together.”
GARRY FRUSTRATED BY RICARD RELIABILITY