Third in FIA GT Championship
By Lindsay Morle
Oct 22, 2007, 09:15
Scuderia Ecosse rounded off the 2007 FIA GT Championship season at Zolder in Belgium today. Andrew Kirkaldy and Tim Sugden finished in sixth place with Tim Mullen and Darren Turner close behind them in seventh. After a season of hard, competitive racing the team ended the year in third place in the championship standings.
“The car felt really good at the start and I was able to catch Collard easily. I had a good battle with him; the Porsche is faster on the straights but we are quicker everywhere else, so I had to pile on the pressure and wait for him to make a mistake. Once I got past him I then caught Lieb but had the same problem getting past, staying behind him for a good 25 minutes. When I got in for the final stint the car felt awesome, absolutely flying. I caught Bruni easily but then there was a sudden change that felt like a slow puncture which really affected our performance after that. We’re disappointed to be seventh, especially after qualifying in second place.”
“Tim did a good job in the first part of the race. The car felt good initially and I was able to do reasonable lap times and close in on (Rui) Aguas. We struggled towards the end with tyre pick up and ultimately we’re disappointed to finish where we did.”
“Andrew did a great job at the start and it was looking really good for us. After he handed over to me I struggled a bit with braking – as the other drivers prefer a different brake set up to me - so I wasn’t as fast as I would have liked to have been. Other than that though the car felt good and the tyres were good so we’re disappointed not to finish higher up the standings.”
“I’m reasonably happy as during the first stint we were as fast as the leader. I was running comfortably in second until a Maserati put me onto the dirt and I dropped to third. We lost some time in the middle of the race but during the final stint the car felt good. It’s a shame not to finish the season on the podium.”