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Unexplained power loss dashes Hexis Racing’s hopes

Posted 15 Apr, 2013 by in Race0
Unexplained power loss dashes Hexis Racing’s hopes

Hexis Racing, which arrived at Monza after three consecutive victories, suffered a major disappointment on the famous Italian circuit. It was all looking good for the French squad at the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series with their three very talented drivers, a McLaren MP4-12C well adapted to the layout and a reputation for excellence that is known far and wide. Unfortunately, right from the start of the race Alvaro Parente complained of a down-on-power engine. The Portuguese driver and his team-mates Stef Dusseldorp and Alexander Sims could do nothing about the situation, and they bravely soldiered on to a disappointing twenty-fifth place finish overall and thirteenth in the Pro Cup.

In the huge field of 60 cars in the Blancpain Endurance Series on the ultra-rapid Monza circuit the three Hexis Racing drivers did not have an easy time. Despite the blows to their morale on the long straights they never gave up trying till the chequered flag. The pit stop men, who made a super-human effort to limit the damage, were also beyond reproach.

Half-an-hour after the race, team manager Philippe Dumas still hadn’t got over the race from hell he’d just lived through. ”On Saturday we had no problems in practice; everything was under control. We thought we could win the race even starting on the seventh row. But being on the pitwall for three hours watching the car lapping several seconds below its potential was a really soul-destroying experience. We don’t understand the reason for this loss of power, and this evening we still haven’t found any explanation. It’s very frustrating for the whole team, but despite everything we were determined to keep on running till the very end.”

The Hexis Racing team will soon put this disappointment behind them, and they are already concentrated on preparing for the opening round of the French FFSA GT Championship at Le Mans on 27-28 April.

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