26 June, 2012
British sportscar racer Sarah Reader endured a tough two races in Rounds 5 and 6 of the SPEED EuroSeries at Imola, Italy last weekend. Sarah and her new TFL Racing co-driver, Garry Findlay, were forced to retire their Juno CN sports prototype from both races, but still managed to pick up four valuable championship points after being classified P9 in Race 2.
Findlay made an impressive start from 5th in Race 1 and immediately showed great pace, holding position before having to back off when the water temperature soared. A closer inspection revealed a stone had pierced the radiator, causing a sudden loss of water, and forcing retirement on lap 13 before Warwickshire’s Reader was able to start her stint.
In Race 2, Reader started from 3rd but lost out in the opening stages, dropping a couple of positions but she kept up solid pace once the race settled and completed an error free stint before handing over to Findlay on lap 19.
Findlay rejoined and continued the pace before a broken left-rear driveshaft forced the #24 TFL Racing entry to retire with only a handful of minutes on the clock left.
“It’s been a frustrating weekend as we showed good pace which we were just unable to convert into a good result. However, we need to take the positives away with us and we’ve come away with a few points which is better than no points. Garry was on the pace straight away and TFL Racing and Juno have put in another great effort – it’s just disappointing to have such misfortune, especially through no fault of theirs.
“We’ll turn our focus to Donington now which I think will be a strong track for us. We’ve tested there recently and, after showing such good pace this weekend, we’ll definitely be looking to make up for lost ground, so I’m looking forward to fighting back already.”
There’s now a three-week break before Rounds 7 and 8 of the SPEED EuroSeries which take place at Donington Park, Derbyshire on 13th – 15th July.