Team/Driver news News : Mechanical gremlins rob Pinkney at Silverstone
Mechanical gremlins rob Pinkney at Silverstone
Sat 4th September 2010 David Pinkney was left to reflect on what might have been during the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after mechanical issues at Silverstone robbed the Harpenden-racer of the chance to fight for points.
David qualified in 14th place for the third successive race meeting, but changes made to the Pinkney Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra on Saturday left the team confident of challenging for points on race day.
The opening race saw David make a solid start to move up one position on the first lap before he battled ahead of both Tom Boardman and James Nash on lap two to sit just outside the points in eleventh.
Keeping pace with the cars ahead, David was in the ideal position to move further up the order when Matt Neal and Mat Jackson clashed on lap eight but only seconds after taking ninth place, an issue with the electronic throttle on the car sent the engine into safe mode and left him to return slowly to the pits to retire.
From the back of the field in race two, David was looking to move forwards up the order but a repeat of the same technical gremlin saw him back in the pits at the end of the opening lap. While he was able to return to the circuit, a series of slow laps were all that the Vectra was able to manage as the throttle issue continued.
That left David at the rear of the field for the final race but he was able to battle his way through to finish just outside the points in eleventh place, although there was understandable disappointment at being unable to make the most of the pace of the car earlier in the day.
“It’s been such a frustrating day,” David said. “In the first race, the car felt mega and I honestly feel we could have got up to at least seventh place and been on for our best weekend of the season. Then, we had the problem with the car and that was that. We came out of it with eleventh in race three, but it should have been more.”
Team manager Andrew Dean shared in David’s disappointment that a race day that had promised much ultimately failed to deliver.
“It’s not been ideal, but we live to fight on another day,” he said. “It is extremely frustrating to have our efforts thwarted by mechanical issues when the car was so great in race one. It wasn’t as good in race three as conditions had changed but it was nice to come through to eleventh place from the back of the field.”