Works driver Rossiter celebrated his birthday on Saturday with LMP2 P7 in qualifying (14the overall), while Holzer put the sister car in P14.
Unfortunately the #32 car was unable to make the distance in Sunday’s endurance race. An engine change meant Rossiter had to start from the pitlane and a lap down. He fought successfully to make up positions but then had to pit with a broken exhaust. Waeda attempted the second stint but had to pull over after a few laps due to engine failure.
Car #31 finished 12th in LMP2. Due to an unplanned service on the last lap the result is not as strong as had been hoped.
Thomas Holzer: “Today, we got a lot of track experience and learned a lot about the car. We had the race speed and could do constant laptimes. We are improving race by race and this is important for us.”
James Rossiter: “It is a shame we couldn’t finish the race after we experienced another engine failure. After we had to start from the pitlane, I was able to overtake a lot of cars and make up many positions. Suddenly, the exhaust broke and the engine wiring loom caught fire. There was a lot of smoke in the cockpit and I wasn’t able to see anything. The mechanics couldn’t fix the car again and the engine failed again. It is just a weekend to forget.”