Pinkney Motorsports endured a “disappointing” weekend at Rockingham after being caught out by changing track conditions in race one and then having their weekend cut short by an accident early in the final race of the day.
Trying to follow up a promising opening weekend at Thruxton where driver David Pinkney scored points in all three races. Pinkney started the first race from 13th on the grid for the first of Sunday's three races his NGTC-spec engined Vauxhall Vectra taking the gamble on starting the race on four wet tyres on a track drying after morning rain.
With the circuit continuing to dry throughout the 16 lap race Pinkney was forced to pit for slick tyres, dropping him down the order, despite being able to set some good lap times with the new rubber. However, the weekend went from bad to worse on the opening lap of the final race.
Starting from 16th, where he finished the second race, the no.55 car was able to make up several places, before turn four – the right hander at Chapman Curve. There he was hit by Matt Hamilton in the Honda Civic, which pushed Pinkney, in turn into Alex MacDowall's Chevrolet, sending both cars spinning into the grass, the Vectra heavily damaged on both sides.
The car was retired at the end of the lap, but the damage already meant the team faced a week of hard work to get the car repaired an ready for Brands Hatch, with on a single week inbetween the two races.
“You never want to come away from a weekend with a lot of damage to repair, but especially not when there is only a week between races,” says team manager Andrew Dean. There is always a risk that you can get caught up in an accident, but with such a short turnaround between Rockingham and Brands Hatch, you'd hope people would drive with their heads.”
“Instead there is a lot to be done in a short space of time and the team is working hard to repair the damage in time for this weekend.”
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