Mike Simpson and Steve Tandy secured a top ten finish for Team LNT at Silverstone today (31 May), to add to the growing points tally of the #32 car following the three hour endurance encounter.
Starting from an unrepresentative 13thand 15thon the grid, a strong start for Rick Parfitt Jnr in the #44 car saw him pick up a pair of places over a somewhat chaotic opening lap, passing the sister car of Steve Tandy (#32) in the melee, before continuing his rise to 10th, where he remained for some time.
Losing out on the start, Tandy dropped a little down the order as a result of the reduced visibility as the pack navigated its way through the opening few turns, but as the circuit began to dry, he recovered to power onwards.
An incident up the road from the Team LNT cars brought out the safety car on lap 13, and as a result, almost all the field opted to take their first mandatory pit stop, including both Ginetta G55 GT3 cars who switched Tandy for Simpson in the change.
With the safety car still on circuit and the track beginning to dry, Simpson made a scheduled stop for fuel and slicks, however, a late dash to the pits by the #44 car saw a delay in the off-track turnaround due to the team’s sole fuel rig.
As racing recommenced on lap 21, the #32 car began to make its way up the order climbing to 14th, whilst the #44 was also on the move, jumping to 16thwith rivals ahead still set to make further stops. Hopeful for a double top ten result, Team LNT suffered disappointment at the halfway mark as an alternator issue forced the team to manually charge the battery between each – now unscheduled -stop.
Pro pilots Simpson and Oliphant managed the issues perfectly and, determined to reward the mechanics’ hard work over the three hour encounter, pushed onwards to claim 10thand 13threspectively at the flag, testament to the strength of the team.
Mike Simpson, driver of the #32 Ginetta G55 GT3 said;“The Team LNT guys once again showed they are a force to be reckoned with in the British GT, in spite of the issues we faced, they pulled together to secure a top ten finish and some all-important points for the #32 car, as well as a 13th place for the #44 car of Parfitt and Oliphant.”
Team LNT now face a month-long break before the championship reconvenes at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit on July 10/11.