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BELT FAILURE HALTS TITLE CHARGE - 14th September 2009

An Auxiliary Belt failure in Race One of the final outing of the GT4 European Cup put an end to the title aspirations of the RSWilliams run Aston Martin GT4. 

The final meeting of the year took place at the Portimao Circuit, in the Algarve at the weekend, with two 45 minute races set to decide the title. 

Despite mechanical issues plighting the early part of the season, the Michel Mallock driven Aston Martin had closed within 8 points of the Championship leader going into the final round, after mounting the podium in 5 of the previous 6 races. 

After qualifying 5th and 2nd for the two races, Michael was feeling upbeat about the races; 'We made a mistake on set-up for Q1, which has clearly cost us a few places, but we rectified that for Q2 and the car was competitive. This is going to be a tough race, and I think it'll be alot more down to looking after tyres than just driving flat out, so I'd say we are in a good position.' 

Race One started well, with Michael immediately moving from P5 to 3rd at the first corner, and holding position in close formation with the leaders until the pitstop. Following the stop however, Michael lost Power Steering on entry to Turn One, following this the engine coolant temperatures began to climb and Michael was forced to bring the Aston Martin into pitlane. The RSWilliams team quickly established that an Auxiliary Belt failure was to blame and set about replacing the item. Following a very quick replacement, Michael left the pits to claim whatever points were available, but was unfortunately unable to push the car due to coolant loss on the way into the pits. 

A steady end to the race saw the RSWilliams car finish in 7th position claiming 2 valuable Championship points. 

  

Race Two saw Michael take the lead on the run into Turn One, and holding that lead for the first 3 laps. The Nissan was closing fast as soon as tyre temperatures got up and passed Mallock at the start of the 4th lap. Michael was not unduly concerned however, being keen to look after the tyres rather than get into a dogfight early in the race, however the plan to stick behind the Nissan was scuppered by the huge amounts of oil leaking from the 350Z. Unable to keep on the tail of the Nissan Michael held second position through the pitstop, and kept the position to the end of the race despite a determined charge from the 3rd placed BMW. 

 

‘Its great to get another podium this weekend, our sixth in the eight races we’ve had the new brake package,’ said Michael after the race, ‘Unfortunately its not the results we came for, without the failure in Race One we could have still had a shot at taking the Teams Championship for RSWilliams, but these things happen.’ 

RSWilliams ended the season in 3rd place in the team standings, with Michael 4th in the drivers. 

Michael Mallock also thanked the team after the event: ‘I’d like to thank everyone at RSW for their efforts this season, we were really compromised at the start of the year with the issues we had but they have worked flat out to give me the best Aston Martin GT4 available. We dominated the points in the second half of the season once the issues were solved, but unfortunately the season started at Silverstone, not Spa! Its been a pleasure working with them again this year and I am very excited about looking at our options together for 2010.’ 





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