Ricardo Tormo, Spain
Round Two, 18 - 20 May 2018, Valencia, Spain.
Pure McLaren GT Series
Day 1, 19th May 2018
After only managing a handful of laps in practice due to illness I was pleased to qualify 3rd for the first race. Standing start for this race and unfortunately my start was slightly hampered by a slight cut out (in place to protect the clutch) when I left my foot on the brake for a fraction of a second when applying full throttle. Lost a few places but by turn 2 I had managed to move into second place. Unfortunately the gap to the leader had grown after my messy start and the rest of the race was basically a run to the flag but without any more dramas. Finished 2nd only a few seconds behind the winner and considering the limited number of laps I had managed on this circuit I was pleased with this result.
Watch below the footage from Day 1 Qualifying Session
Day 2, 20th May 2018
After qualifying 2nd only 0.02 seconds off pole I knew I had a good chance in this race. My race pace was good in practice but unfortunately I left the aircon on in the car during qualifying which lost me some horsepower that might have been enough for pole…
Once again I messed up my start… Rolling start for this race and with a very short run to the line I was in the wrong gear and got away too slowly. This allowed for several other cars to interlock wing mirrors with me heading into turn 1 at 180km/h. I had contact on my left front but managed to get through turn 1 in 4th. Heading into turn 2 I was right at the back of the car in front and as that car ran wide I moved up the inside. When that car rejoined the track after running wide I took a full side on hit and lost my right wing mirror and my front end plate. This car now being fully on the grass is unable to slow the car down and I take a T bone hit to my front right wheel causing massive vibrations for the rest of the race. I’m now running 3rd and chasing down the leaders. Manage fastest lap of the race but unfortunately I’m unable to get to a position to make a move on 2nd. Considering that I was hit three times before turn 5 causing understeer and a wheel alignment issue I’m still pleased to yet again be on the podium.
Still leading the GT Series Championship and looking forward to Portimao!
Watch below the footage from Day 2 Qualifying Session