Media Release: Outstanding FW Motorsport Effort Ensures Snetterton Points
Snetterton, Norfolk – Saturday 3 August 2013; FW Motorsport put in an outstanding effort to ensure that team owner/driver Fergus Walkinshaw was able to take all-important championship points for 11th place in round 15 of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Snetterton today (Saturday).
The fledgling Chipping Norton-based outfit worked through the night, with barely two hours sleep, to change the Ginetta G55’s 3.7-litre engine after a problem was detected following official testing at the Norfolk circuit yesterday.
The four-strong team completed the rebuild with just minutes to spare, allowing 22 year-old Walkinshaw to join the qualifying session on Saturday morning. With the car running straight out of the box, the team owner/driver completed the necessary installation laps before managing to post a few flying laps and clock in a respectable 10th.
Despite a strong start from the fifth row for the first of three GT Supercup battles this weekend, it soon became clear that Walkinshaw could do little to retain ninth place. Suffering from a lack of power out of the slower turns around the 2.99-mile circuit, Walkinshaw was powerless to truly mount a race charge but managed to cling on to 11th place to claim important championship points.
Walkinshaw commented: “It’s with massive thanks to the FW Motorsport crew that we got the car on the grid today. The guys put in an outstanding effort around the clock, so it’s a bonus to have scored some points. However, we are still suffering from some significant performance issues, so we’ll be working hard again tonight to try and get to the bottom of those in time for race two tomorrow morning.”
Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup action continues at Snetterton tomorrow, with two 12-lap races scheduled at 09.05 and 15.20.
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