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The best is yet to come!

Posted 02 Jun, 2013 by in Race0
The best is yet to come!

The Hexis Racing team had a stunning race in the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone. The no. 7 McLaren, which qualified twenty-fourth, fell back to forty-seventh place at the end of lap 1 after being punted into a spin. Alexander Sims, Stef Dusseldorp and Alvaro Parente, with fantastic backup from the pit stop crew, managed to fight their way back up to seventh place by the end of the 3-hour event.

Overall, the team had a tough time on the Northampton circuit as in qualifying the best it could do was a place on the twelfth row of the grid. The first lap of the race sent shivers down the French squad’s spine when Sims was pushed into a 360° spin in Stowe. “I felt a blow at the rear when I was under load in the middle of the corner,” explained the English driver. “Luckily, the car didn’t leave the track but I lost a lot of places. I pulled back several during my stint thanks to the fact that the car was handling perfectly in race trim. While it feels good to overtake other cars it’s a great shame we lost so much time when you realise that we finished only three seconds off fourth place!”

Alexander had already gained around thirty positions when Stef Dusseldorp took over for his stint and the Dutchman fought his way up to seventh place just before half distance. Then Alvaro Parente consolidated this result with brio enabling the French team to finish in front of all the other McLarens entered for the race. “The team did a fantastic job during the pit stops and found the ideal setup,” chorused the Portuguese driver and Philippe Dumas. “We needed to make a strong statement about our team spirit  and I think it would have been difficult to do better. We’re not here to score seventh places, though. Our watchword is to do everything to race at the front, to be the best and to win. Today, we can be proud as we had a very solid race. There was the little hiccup on the first lap and the three drivers were simply great. I’m happy to work with these guys and I think it’s reciprocal. The best is yet to come!”

The car that raced at Silverstone and the team’s other McLaren will now go to the English manufacturer’s workshops in Woking to be prepared for the Belgian round of the French FFSA GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps on 8-9 June.

 

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