Sau Paulo 6Hr

31 October 2012

Off the back of a win at Silverstone the team were feeling confident at the start of a four race long haul which takes in Brazil, Bahrain, Japan and China, regular drivers John Martin and Tor Graves were yet again joined by the experienced Jan Charouz for the Sau Paulo round. The Brazilian circuit is steeped in history and character but for the drivers is less of a challenge than some of the modern designed circuits, the free practices were all about getting track experience and working on tyre mileage but yet again the car had a good feeling. Going into qualifying the Signatech cars had shown well along with Starworks and the two Oak cars so it was going to be a tough session. John Martin was yet again at the wheel and as usual got the maximum from the car to produce a time to go second quickest with nemesis Sarrazin taking the pole by just a couple of tenths. John Martin Prepares for Qualifying

Saturday was race day and it was hot, the race was starting at the hotest time of the day but the end of the race would be in much cooler conditions after the sun had gone down so it meant the balance of the car was going to change during the race. The race started well with John slotting into second behind Sarrazin and starting to chase him down when from nowhere the front left wheel came off, John was able to get the car back to the pits but we had already lost a lot of time to our competitors. The team needed to check the car over for safety reasons before fitting a new tyre and sending John back out on track. A podium position was lost but we kept pushing on to the end of the race and finished 5th which still keeps us in Championship contention.

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