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Difficult start ends with podium in Brno - 15th September 2008

 

The first run of the newly built RS Williams prepared Aston Martin N24 started with a difficult qualifying session in the penultimate event of the GT4 Cup, at Brno, Czech Republic.

After 2 laps of the session, the engine lost the water pump and PAS pump, putting Michael out of the rest of the session, and the immediately following second qualifying.

Having not set a representative time, Michael was forced to start in 8th position for race 1, the 50 minute race, and race 3 the second of the short races, and 16th in race 2, another 25 minute sprint.

 

Race One saw Michael make a good start and quickly moved up to 5th place. Entering turn One on lap six whilst battling for 4th place, the race came to an abrupt halt when the N24 suffered brake failure once again. After bringing the car to a halt at the edge of the gravel trap Michael slowly brought the car back to the pits and into retirement. A couple of laps later the similar Aston Martin of Niki Mayer-Melnhof limped back into the pits with a similar failure.

With several other N24s suffering severe braking issues, the Aston Martin engineers on site amended the homologation to allow a different pad and disc package and increased cooling.

Race Two was always going to be an exciting race, with Michael starting from 16th position, a fantastic first lap saw the RS Williams car cross the line in 9th place. After battling through the traffic Michael crossed the line in 4th position, less than a second off the podium.

Starting in 8th for race three another fraught opening lap saw Michael pick up 2 places. Getting his head down he set about chasing down the leaders and after some great overtaking moves was soon in p3. After the team told him that the 2nd place car of Niki Mayer-Melnhof  had been awarded a drive through penalty Michael was soon on his tail and expected him to quickly head to the pits. After 3 laps of severe blocking and ignoring the penalty things were getting very exciting with the 4th placed car back on his tail. After getting the run on the Jetaliance run Aston Martin into turn 4, Michael was very surprised to see the Austrian attempt to retake the position by outbraking himself and running into the gravel, only to rejoin the circuit and hit the side of the his car!

Once free of the following pack Michael set about chasing down the leader, but unfortunately ran out of laps, finishing in a strong 2nd.

"While one second place isn't the result we were hoping to come away from here with, it was a great result given our starting positions." Commented Michael post race, " It is a small reward for the huge amout of work all at RSWilliams have put in to get the car built up and here, and I am certainly hoping to go one better next time for guys!"

The final rounds of the GT4 European Cup takes place in Nogaro, France October 3-5th.





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