02 June, 2014
United Autosports only has one kind of luck currently in this year’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship and that’s bad luck. The Anglo-American team endured a miserable race for the third time but remains adamant its poor fortune must turn around some time soon.
Season regulars Matt Bell and Mark Patterson retired their Audi R8 LMS ultra in the fourth round at Silverstone today after damage to the underfloor, rear diffuser and exhaust after a bizarre pit-lane accident when the Audi was hit up the rear as Patterson entered the pit-lane.
Meanwhile 2011 British GT and reigning Supercar Challenge (Super GT) Champions Jim and Glynn Geddie, making a one-off return to the series, retired after suffering a broken front right upright on their McLaren MP4-12C following an opening lap pit-stop to replace a rear wing that had been damaged due to first lap contact.
The fifth and sixth rounds, both one hour races, are staged at Snetterton on 22 June.
May 31-June 01 Silverstone (one, three-hour race)
Rd 4 Qualifying: 8th #23, 4m 08.259s (combined). 21st #24, 4m 13.015s (combined). Weather: Cloudy/dry.
Race: DNF #23. DNF #24. Weather: Cloudy/dry.
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“Two DNFs is very disappointing and marks the first retirement for the McLaren in 12 months of racing. As for the Audi, Mark and Matt really can’t do anything right. I don’t think we have had a season since United Autosports began racing when we’ve been so competitive and on the pace but have had such little return in terms of results. We got nothing from the second race at Oulton Park, Rockingham and now here but could quite easily have won all three! But we’ll just keep battling away.”