FRUSTRATING FINALE


The fifth and final round of the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup failed to provide the send-off either Matt Parry or the #62 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 crew was looking for as a couple of incidents derailed an otherwise promising weekend in Barcelona.

A fixture in the top half of the 45-car field throughout practice and the early stages of qualifying eventually saw the distinctive grey R-Motorsport entry line up on the outside of row eight for the last three-hour event of the year. The race, however, proved less satisfactory for Parry and team-mates Matthieu Vaxiviere and Maxime Martin once the Belgian veteran had been nudged into a gravel trap during the early skirmishes. Although his ensuing comeback drive moved the #62 back up the order - and was matched by both Parry and Vaxiviere - a drive-thru' penalty dashed all hopes of a top 15 result, leaving the trio to accept an unrepresentative 19th overall..

"This obviously isn't how we wanted to end the season, but the Blancpain Series is so competitive that the slightest misfortune means that you'll be playing catch-up for the rest of the race," Parry conceded, "It was unfortunate that Maxime was pushed off the road in the early laps, but we showed the potential of the #62 car in our fight back through the field, only for the penalty to finally end our pursuit of points."

The short Endurance Cup schedule also leaves little scope for recovery in the points standings, and the two R-Motorsport entries endured something of a roller-coaster ride, despite consistently strong pace and performance. While a lone podium at the final round lifted the #76 sister car up the rankings, and helped R-Motorsport end the season in sixth place in the teams' championship, the #62's poor fortune again prevented it from showing its true potential..

"Maxime, Matt and Matthieu were unlucky today," team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger confirmed, "Immediately after the start of the race, Maxime was pushed into the gravel bed, which cost many positions and, after that, we lost every chance of a second top ten place due to a drive-through penalty and came in 19th. All in all however, we are very satisfied with the end of the season after a difficult year in the Blancpain GT Series and want to celebrate the podium result tonight with our team, who worked hard all season."

 

Article created by Craig Llewellyn.