Team Loctite Make Significant Progress at Brands Hatch
TEAM NEWS: Brands Hatch is arguably the most entertaining circuit in the UK and drivers always love to drive there. That said, Jordan had never driven on the GP circuit before and the Team had never run an F3 car there, before this weekend.
Our expectations were high as we had a test day on Friday to get to grips with the circuit. After 3 50 minute sessions we were closer to the best class lap time than ever before, at this stage of the weekend and had we not been stopped by the production of a red flag near to the end of the last session, shortly after we had fitted our first set of new tyres, we would have been even closer.
We were in good shape for qualifying and knew that we would have to sacrifice our race tyres in order to give Jordan more laps on the circuit on Saturday. In order to compensate for this we opted for a less aggressive setup and knew that we would be slightly off the pace as a result of this decision.
Q1 went well with Jordan running 4th for most of the session but fell back during his mid session stop and eventually qualified 8th but much closer to the pace of the more experienced teams and drivers.
Q2 also went well for us as we were once again closer to the pace of the faster cars and drivers. We had again opted for the less aggressive setup to allow Jordan to run for most of the session and were pleased to have maintained our progress even though this was a slower session than Q1 as the track had slowed considerably. Jordan qualified in P6 and ahead of International class drivers who were put to the back of the grid for yellow flag infringements during qualifying.
Sunday was a brilliant day sunny and warm with no wind and the track looked superb. Jordan was very optimistic for the race and we as a team hoped to make more progress.
Jordan had a little concern about some low rev vibrations that he had not experienced before but the data looked ok and we had no reason the think there was a problem, however Jordan had a problem getting the car off the line and an engine stall caused him a 7 second delay to restart. H e made light of catching the cars ahead and was past Christian Einar in the Carling car easily, catching the others was less easy and he eventually finished in 8th place.
During the interval between races we checked the data again but found nothing to indicate a problem.
His race 2 start was magnificent and he was past 6 cars by the time the cars left the arena to disappear onto the GP circuit. On the straight he was passed by all of those cars and could not understand why. He raced well and was 5th in class for most of the race ahead of an International class car for many laps, only being passed close to the end eventually finishing 7th. After the race he complained about the vibration which was eventually traced whilst at the circuit to an electrical problem, which had left him considerably disadvantaged and unable to compete on equal terms.
‘The Team and Jordan made significant progress this weekend and we were saddened to have had a very small problem which had major implications on our ability to compete equaly, we are catching up and it is disappointing that we had a problem which slowed down our progress and definitely affected our results, but that’s racing and we have been fortunate to have been lucky with this sort of thing so far. We will be back stronger and wiser than before. Jordan drove superbly and we look forward to Spa where he has driven once before on a Formula BMW test day’ Commented Trevor Powell, Team LOCTITE owner.