Alex Brundle powers to head of the pack in Spa before running into trouble
PUBLISHED: 13:11 17 May 2017
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Alex Brundle can feel robbed of a decent haul of points in the latest World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps after taking the lead in the LMP2 category halfway through the six-hour event.
Team mate Tristan Gommendy started the Jacki Chan DC Racing #37 car from eighth place on the grid and after a double stint was holding third place.
Brundle took over and powered to the head of the pack before team principle David Cheng took a turn handing the car back to Gommendy in fourth and in contention for a podium place.
However, Gommendy had a high speed accident at Eau Rouge and smote the barriers hard but he got the car back to the pits for the Jota Sport squad to repair sufficiently for him to resume before handing back to the King’s Lynn driver.
Sadly another stop was required for electrical repairs after Brundle became stranded on track and had to ‘re-boot’ the car’s electrical system to get it back to the pits.
“Not the result we wanted but a good step to lead the race at half distance,” said Brundle, who also praised the efforts of the Jota Sport pit crew for their speedy repairs as the team end up in tenth place.
George Russell can reflect on a solid, if not spectacular, start to his GP3 season which has left the King’s Lynn racer in joint fourth place after the opening round at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.
“P4 in qualifying, didn’t quite have the tyres in the right window. Not where we would have liked to be, but not overly disappointed,” remarked Russell.
However, the Norfolk racer was disappointed with his start to the opening contest at the Spanish circuit which saw him fall back to eighth place with Russell preserving his tyres for a late push which netted him fourth at the finish.
“Happy with the recovery today but very disappointed with my start,” said Russell.
The top eight places from race one are reversed to make up the race two grid with Russell finishing in fifth place having enjoyed a race long battle with ART team mate, and race one winner, Nirei Fukuzumi.
“Tough weekend,” reflected Russell. “Two very poor starts made it difficult to fight of the podium. Work has already begun to come back stronger.”