Garry Findlay’s debut season in the VdeV sportscar series ended in disappointment as the number 32 CD Sport entry was forced into retirement at the final round in Portugal.
Returning to the circuit where he made his series debut in late 2013, the Fressinghfield racer had been looking for another good podium position having taken his car from 12th to first, passing the leader in the pits, before his engine cut out.
Initially, things looked good as Findlay and co- drivers Kevin Besancon and Ines Taittinger showed good pace in practice, but a rainstorm ahead of qualifying left them well down the grid, despite Findlay’s good times.
Findlay took over in 12th and was making great progress, lying first, when he rounded the final corner midway through his stint only for the engine to die.
“It couldn’t have picked a worse place to fail as I had already passed the pit entry,” he said, having managed to do a master switch reset, but still seeing it cut in and out as he came down the pit lane.
“Then it fired again so I rejoined – only for the engine to cut again midway around the next lap,” he said.
Returning to the pits once again, the CD Sport team wheeled the car back into the garage, its podium chances gone as it lost more time working on a repair.
With time up on his stint, Findlay handed over to Besancon, but the Frenchman’s race lasted only 45 minutes before the problem returned and the team decided that enough was enough.
“It was a shame as we were all driving well,” said Findlay. “We have had a few problems this year that probably cost us a podium or two, but the team think that they’ve found the cause. If they’re right, we’ll definitely be a team to beat next year.”
Although he has nothing concrete in place for 2015, Findlay is keen to remain with CD Sport, with the 2015 VdeV Series getting under way in Barcelona in March.