Hard work and perseverance paid off for both and at the end of the first hour it was time for the first stops, with Kaiser handing to James Dayson from ninth and Winslow making way for John Corbett in 11th. Both drivers were aiming to be in the top 10, but despite being only one lap down on the leaders, progress continued to prove difficult. Corbett had managed to take the upperhand to bring their car to the second hour in ninth, with Dayson directly behind.
It was time for the second stop with Andreas Laskaratos taking over from Corbett, with a double stint to take him to the finish. He was eighth at the end of the third hour and retained the place for the remaining distance. “We made very good progress since the first race and learned a lot as well,” he said. “Good solid stints from all our drivers,” Winslow added.
Dayson had to cope with both brake and grip problems during his stint, “he did well to keep it on,” Kaiser added. He then handed to Terrence Woodward for the penultimate stint, taking new tyres, which helped up the pace. He brought them onto the verge of the top six by the time he made the final stop to hand back to Kaiser.
The reward for the dogged perseverance was sixth place as the flag came out after four hours. “It was strange that I could match the pace of the front guys at the end, but could get nowhere near them at the start,” Kaiser concluded.
Report by Peter Scherer