Surreal Surprise at Spa

21st September 2013

The MRM Motorsport team are out of the Spa Six Hours at two thirds distance.

Owner Martin Melling started the 1961 Jaguar E Type Low Drag Coupe a strong 17th overall. With a full tank of fuel and new tyres Melling’s brief was for a steady first stint. This he achieved allowing the field to settle down as he completed a marathon 1hr 45mins in the car.

Handing over to Peter Snowdon in P34 the blue E Type gradually climbed the order despite a persistent misfire which was costing some 20 mph in top speed. 32 laps later and now in P15 there was a Safety Car period allowing Snowdon to head for the pits to hand over to Rob Hall.

Sitting in the SC ‘crocodile’ with three corners to go the car immediately in front of the Jaguar suddenly jinked left – unsighted Snowdon saw the wheel lying directly on the racing line and swerved to miss it unfortunately just clipping it with the right rear – the impact broke the suspension upright and whilst managing to get the car back to the pits the Jaguar was out of the running.

Quotes:

Martin Melling
“It’s a real shame – we were looking to be on for a really good result but you can’t plan for something like that”.

Peter Snowdon
“I’m just gutted for the whole team knowing how much hard work goes into this one event”. “I feel particularly sorry for Rob as he was so fired up to get us a good finish”.

Rob Hall
“These things happen – it’s motor racing – time for an early beer I think!”

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