A Massive weekend to forget

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sitting on the start grid under the glorious Imola sunshine last Sunday, Massive Motorsport must have been thinking that they had finally turned the tide of misfortune that had been coming their way and a finishing result would be forthcoming.

Having missed virtually all of the first free practice session due to a technical issue followed by a vehicle damaging off in the second session the all Danish team found themselves languishing at the foot of the timing screens with very little set up data and mileage before the all important, but very brief qualifying session the next morning.

With Kristian Poulsen and Simon Moller undertaking qualifying duties this time around the duo would achieve an aggregated time worthy of only P4 in class but nearly two seconds adrift to the GTC class leaders.

Also sporting an additional 25kg in BoP ballast from that imposed after the first round at Silverstone Poulsen would be the nominated starting driver having missed out at Silverstone after their race ending smash into the pitfall.

Taking the green flag in the classical ELMS style the Vantage GTC car would only make it to the third lap before more technical gremlins would force him to pit and despite near heroical efforts by the mechanics the team would loose over an hour to a power steering fault.

Obviously the race by then was lost, so team efforts turned into making the remainder of the four hour race an extended test for both remaining drivers Caspar Elgaard and Simon Moller.

Many people would call these events as 'character building' whilst others would simply call it as being 'unlucky'. Either way Massive Motorsport come away from another event empty handed but also come away wiser as to what they need to do to achieve. They will use the eight week break in the series until round three in Austria to examine and correct what they did wrong and to build upon what they did right.

The Red Bull Ring might just be the circuit the Vantage needs to fully stretch its legs again?

Photo credits - Massive Motorsport
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