MO­TOR­BASE LOSES GT AS­TON

Motor Sport News - - Rac­ing News - Pho­tos: Gary Hawkins By Rob Lad­brook

Mo­tor­base will be forced to run dou­ble duty with its sec­ond As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3 in or­der to race in the sec­ond Bri­tish GT round at Rock­ing­ham later this month af­ter its first chas­sis was writ­ten off at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Phil Dry­burgh was at the wheel of the car he shares with Ross Wylie when he was in­volved in a high-speed ac­ci­dent at Pil­grims Drop. Dry­burgh was at­tempt­ing to pass the Ginetta G55 GT4 of Nick Jones and the As­ton Martin Van­tage of Matthew Gra­ham when there was con­tact and Dry­burgh’s car was tipped into the bar­rier be­fore rolling re­peat­edly. All three cars re­tired. Stew­ards looked into the clash but la­belled it as a rac­ing in­ci­dent.

The ac­ci­dent brought out a lengthy cau­tion pe­riod, and de­layed rac­ing by 40 min­utes while bar­ri­ers were re­paired.

Mo­tor­base’s Ricki Martino said the car was a to­tal loss, and that the team would have to use its sec­ond car at Rock­ing­ham. That car is com­pet­ing in the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries at Misano this week­end.

“Phil’s car is to­tally gone, it was a very nasty ac­ci­dent,” said Martino. “We’ll get the wreck back and see what we can sal­vage from it, but there’s no way it’ll be re­pairable. Hope­fully we can have a clean race in Blanc­pain and still make Rock­ing­ham as we’ll use that car.”

Dry­burgh added: “I didn’t know too much about it re­ally. We touched and next thing I knew I was in the bar­rier and then the car dug into the wet grass and over I went. They build th­ese things strong.”

Dry­burgh was lucky to avoid in­jury in crash Dry­burgh and Wylie’s As­ton Martin

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