Erdos and Newton disqualified

A fine seventh place for Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen of Tommy Erdos and Mike Newton was lost at post race scrutineering when the fuel system was found to be over capacity by four percent

Erdos and Newton disqualified

The team had burnt the midnight oil following Erdos's big accident at Enna to get a car to the grid at Brno in the Czech Republic. Travelling back from Sicily and out to Brno had severely limited the workshop time available to work on the chassis.

Erdos qualified the car in seventh place and lost three places at the first corner of the race, gradually working back up to seventh in his first stint, although timing of pitstops meant that he actually led for a lap before handing over to Mike Newton.

Newton maintained a steady pace carefully managing rising temperatures during the later part of the stint and handing the car back to Erdos in good shape for a final push. Tommy ran strongly trading lap times with the leaders and bringing the car home running very strongly in seventh place.

Commenting on the disqualification team owner Graham Nash said: "The bag tank has an adjustment mechanism which increases or reduces the effective capacity of the bag. Unfortunately, this vibrated loose during the race and the scrutineers adjudged the car to be running with over the allowed capacity.

"Our data shows that we used 96 litres out of a permitted 100 in the first stint and then 85 litres in the other two. Clearly no advantage was gained but rules are rules and we'll be making sure that the lock nut is effective at all the rest of the rounds."

shares
comments
Brno: Biagi/Bobbi show rolls on

Previous article

Brno: Biagi/Bobbi show rolls on

Next article

Qualifying: Alzen storms to pole

Qualifying: Alzen storms to pole
Load comments
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021
How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations Plus

How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations

Time in a thoroughbred racer leaves you searching for time in yourself, especially when the rewards for total commitment are so high, as our man discovered at Snetterton

GT
Apr 28, 2021
How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

GT
Apr 8, 2021
Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers Plus

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers

The convergence between the World Endurance Championship and IMSA over LMDh regulations offers a bright future for sportscar racing, but the imminent demise of IMSA's GT Le Mans class creates wider issues to which no catch-all solution exists

GT
Feb 3, 2021