NME respond to criticism
|By Dieter Rencken||Sunday, August 13th 2006, 11:28 GMT|
Nicholson McLaren Engines have responded to claims at Silverstone by Grand Prix Masters' management that as many as 32 engine changes were undertaken in the course of the weekend due to failures.
'Reported engine difficulties here at Silverstone this week have affected less engine units than some statements may have indicated,’ a company statement said.
‘These problems were managed without delay by withdrawing the NME technical team from the circuit to the company’s technical centre in Wokingham in order that objective analysis could be made and repairs completed effectively.
‘NME technicians have worked around the clock to ensure sufficient engines were available in time for qualifying on Saturday to the praise of many of the personnel involved in the series.’
Every NME race engine had been subjected to extreme dynamometer testing to ensure reliability prior to race car installation, NME added.
Crowd favourite Nigel Mansell’s relegation to the back of the grid after the 1992 world champion failed to set a competitive time in qualifying was not linked to an NME issue.
The problem has subsequently been diagnosed as water hose failure on the Delta GPM06 dubbed Red Five after the Brit’s famous 1992 race number.