“I was happy going into Sunday as our race pace looked OK, even though we didn’t have real pace or a qualifying set-up. But I had been quickest bronze driver and Mark not far behind me,” Woodward added.
It was Woodward taking the first stint of the race, lining up on the 15th row overall and seventh row in the LMP3 Class.
It started well as he made two places on the opening lap for 11th.By the end of lap four he was 10th and closing in on the cars ahead.
But a lap later it was game over with the car extensively damaged after going head on into the tyre wall at Tosa.
“A car in front had dropped some fluid and it was all over my screen. I braked where I had braked before at the Variante Villenueve and it slithered wide. I then had to work hard to get back across for the line into Tosa, but I was on the marbles, locked up and off through the gravel into the barrier,” he explained.
Apart from some stiffness from the impact he was OK, but it was a premature end after a promising start.
“It had been looking good as the field was still bunched up and I could see the leaders ahead. I just needed a safety car to bunch things up a bit more, but I didn’t expect that safety car to be for me,” he concluded.
The next round of the Championship is at Monza on July 3rd.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing.