Engine woes halts a successful Knockhill weekend

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Engine woes halts a successful Knockhill weekend


BTCC R07 Knockhill August 24/25 2013Harrison enjoyed a promising start to the weekend’s racing at Knockhill in the two free practice sessions on Friday, Harrison showing great pace and posting times in both sessions which saw him close the gap to Dan Cammish. In the first practice of the weekend Harrison posted the second quickest time of 49.925 which was only a couple tenths off championship leader Cammish.

In qualifying Harrison carried on with the fast pace he had shown in Friday’s free practises and set the second quickest time only half a tenth away from pole man Cammish. Both Harrison and his Falcon team thought it was enough, however as the session was closing Maranzana went ahead of the Essex racer and all three drivers were within a tenth of a second.

“I thought my times were quick enough for pole and was surprised to see we were only third. Nevertheless we would start all three races from grid 3 and with my pace over the three 20-minute races I was confident of some good results,” said 17-year-old Harrison, who was competing at the Scottish circuit for the first time.

Harrison did not get the best of starts in race one, dropping to fourth. However, due to a first-lap incident the safety car was deployed. This was the first time in his single-seater career that Harrison had been under one. He did not let this faze him and at the restart was alongside Kruger and managed to pull off a great move around the outside at the first corner. It soon became apparent that Harrison had some issues as his pace dropped dramatically and the Ford EcoBoost engine lost power. With five laps remaining Harrison tried to defend his podium position from Brabham but with his lack of straightline speed he was soon passed.

Overnight the Falcon Motorsport team tried to resolve the overheating problems. In the second race on Sunday morning Harrison had a good start, maintaining his third place, but with half the race still to go the mechanical issues returned and Harrison’s defending skills came into play as he held on to third place.

It was clear that Harrison’s Falcon team would have to change engines and with only three hours to the next race they set about the job. With the spare engine installed all were hoping that the problems would be fixed but on the third lap of the final race the disappointment was there for all to see as Harrison lost 10 per cent of his power, which was frustrating. Harrison then spent the remaining laps defending his position and finished fifth overall and third in the scholarship class.

Said Harrison: “This weekend was so difficult for the team and I. We were so fast up to the first race and then it was like someone switched my power off. We spent the weekend chasing the problem and still have no real idea what the cause was. I am sure once the car is back to the workshop the problem will be found. I made my car so wide and spent three races defending, which is so frustrating for me and others. I really thought we would have a win or two this weekend, but I guess that’s racing.”


Provisional championship positions after Round 21, 25/8/13

1 Dan CAMMISH / GBR 647
2 Nico MARANZANA / ARG 448
3 Harrison SCOTT / GBR 447
4 Juan ROSSO / ARG 354
5 Sam BRABHAM / GBR 301
6 James ABBOTT / GBR 300
7 Camren KAMINSKY / USA 265

Scholarship Class:

1 Harrison SCOTT / GBR 352
2 Nico MARANZANA / ARG 346
3 Sam BRABHAM / GBR 218
5 Fred MARTIN-DYE / GBR 54
6 Connor MILLS / GBR 10
Next rounds 24th-25th August Knockhill, Scotland

Next Race Meeting – Rockingham, Corby on 14th -15th September

Provisional Timetable

Friday 13 September 0950 & 1355 testing
Saturday 14 September 0900 qualifying, 1425 Round 22
Sunday 15 September 1040 Round 23, 1600 Round 24

Live timing www.tsl-timing.com

Next TV transmissions

 Live Rockingham race coverage Sunday 15th September 1045-1745 ITV4
7 Sept ITV4 1045: Snetterton highlights
10 Sept ITV4 1655: Knockhill highlights
14 Sept ITV4 0720: Knockhill highlights
15 Sept ITV4: 1045-1745 Live coverage from Rockingham

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