Race Report - Round 5 Croft
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 13:39
Tough weekend for Eurotech at Croft
The British Touring Car Championship headed in to Croft in North Yorkshire for Round 5, a circuit known to favour rear wheel drive cars it was going to be a challenge for the Eurotech front wheel drive Honda Civic Type R’s.
The weekend started with much promise as the Eurotech Hondas showed really strong pace on Saturday with Martin Depper and Jeff Smith putting in top ten lap times in free practice one and Dan Lloyd impressing with another glimpse of his talent, in only his third round in the car topping the lap times in free practice two and qualifying in P2 for race one putting the Honda on the front row once again lining up next to the Subaru of Colin Turkington.
With Depper and Smith qualifying P23 and P26 after failing to string the sectors together on the busy narrow circuit and Smith falling foul of the track limits having his best lap time disallowed the two team-mates looked to have a hard job ahead for race one while all eyes were on Lloyd from his front row starting position. Lloyd made a perfect start against the rear wheel drive Subaru and had the nose of the Honda in front by the end of the straight but disaster struck as he clashed with Turkington who was still alongside him in to turn one and he was turned around and spat out in to the tyre barrier forcing him to retire with front end damage. Smith and Depper managed to battle their way through making some progress despite the rough conditions, their pace was curtailed by the slower Audi of Ollie Jackson who cut the chicane in order to stay in front. Eventually bringing the Hondas home just about in one piece to finish P20 and P18 in a messy race with numerous Safety Cars and a debris littered track.
Race two saw Lloyd having to start from last on the grid following his DNF, fighting his way through in what was another rough race he managed to bring the Honda home in 23rd making up eight places. Smith eventually finishing in 18th and Depper being on the receiving end of more contact was knocked back to finish 28th in what was proving to be a difficult day of hard driving for little reward with many of the usual front-runners struggling in the mid-field.
Just before race three gridded up the forecasted rain started to come down, the Eurotech cars were prepared for it and they went out on a wet set-up hoping to salvage something from a frustrating weekend. The rain became heavier as the race went on and Lloyd and Smith were suffering with visibility issues as an electrical fault hampered the wipers on both cars. Showing grit and determination all three drivers battled through the grim conditions competing against driving standards that left a lot to be desired. With Lloyd finishing in 13th, Depper in 16th and Smith in 18th respectively with all three cars looking very battle scarred from a rough day.
Comments from Eurotech ‘The whole team worked tirelessly all weekend for very little reward results-wise but there were moments of brilliance to draw from. We will gladly put this round behind us and keep building on the positives, our pace was there. Our cars suffered a lot of bodywork damage and during every race our drivers were doing their best with damaged cars it really was a battlefield. The cars will now be completely stripped back and rebuilt ready for a fresh attack on the second half of the season from Snetterton on 30th/31st July’.
Eurotech remain fourth in the Independent Teams Championship and are only three points short of third placed BKR Racing.
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