Team Parker pulls off Bent­ley re­pair

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The Team Parker Rac­ing crew had to work an all­nighter to get its Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 ready in time for the Bri­tish GT race at Rock­ing­ham last week­end af­ter it was heav­ily dam­aged on Satur­day morn­ing.

Rick Parfitt Jr was at the wheel when the car slid on oil out of Grace­lands cor­ner dur­ing free prac­tice one and col­lided with the bar­ri­ers on School Straight. The team mea­sured the im­pact at 4g.

Team Parker staff dashed back to its Des­ford base to col­lect spares and pulled an al­most 24-hour shift to get the car back out for Parfitt and Seb Mor­ris on Sun­day.

“The im­pact punched two holes in the chas­sis and took al­most the en­tire right-hand side out,” said Stu­art Parker. “We had to change both bumpers, the front cool­ing pack, both cor­ners and re­pair the chas­sis. The car­bon­fi­bre spe­cial­ist was work­ing un­til 0700hrs on the body­work.”

Parfitt and Mor­ris en­dured a dif­fi­cult race also. Parfitt was tipped into a spin early on and then col­lided with Jon Min­shaw’s Lam­borgh­ini, earn­ing a stop-go penalty. The duo fin­ished 10th.

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