Tornado causes damage for Douglas team
The torrential rain and gale force winds at Rockingham last Saturday took their toll on the Douglas Motorsport team, causing around £40,000 of damage.
Advertising boards and team pit wall awnings were blown around the circuit and in the paddock the Douglas team awnings were damaged beyond repair as a mini-tornado struck the circuit.
It meant the two awnings for their Ginetta Junior and Ginetta GT4 Supercup cars were unusable, leaving the team to work in the open on the Sunday.
“I reckon this will have cost £40,000, and the rest, to us,” said team boss Wayne Douglas. “We weren’t here to see it happen, but it must have been blown around against the fence behind us and they’re ruined.”
Douglas’ Ginetta Junior title challenger Stuart Middleton added: “One of the Supercup cars had its windscreen cracked too so that adds more cost and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The final Ginetta Junior race of the Saturday was postponed to Sunday as skies darkened meaning the Juniors couldn’t race due to their lack of headlights.