Tor­nado causes dam­age for Dou­glas team

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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.

Rock­ing­ham ex­pe­ri­enced ex­treme weather last Satur­day

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