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Mechanical Gremlins Hit Pinkney At Silverstone

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David Pinkney left Silverstone empty handed thanks to the recurrence of a mechanical issue left him limping back to the pits in the first two races and scuppering his chances of a points finish.

The Vectra driver had qualified in 14th place for race one but improvements made to the car left the team confident of a good finish. Pinkney had battled well and thanks to a clash between the two Matt's of Neal and Jackson, he was up to ninth position. However, a gremlin had caused the electronic throttle to go into safe mode leaving the pink and black liveried car to slowly head back to the pits and out of the race.

Starting the from the back of the grid in race two left David with a tough battle for points, but the throttle issue was back and as in race one, it was an early visit to the pits leaving the team to try and rectify the problem in the hope that it wouldn't be third time unlucky in race three.

Thanks to a number of incidents involving other drivers in the days third race, Pinkney had made steady progress through the field. Had the race been a few laps longer, a points finish would have been almost certain. But as it was, David had to settle with eleventh place and no points from the visit to the famous Northampton circuit.

David spoke to the media afterwards and told them “It's been such a frustrating day. 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 was also understandably disappointed has the hopes of a good points tally were so cruelly dashed. He said, “It's not been ideal, but we live to fight another day”. He continued, “It's 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 though to eleventh place from the back of the field.”

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