It was a very disappointing start to our Michelin Le Mans Cup campaign today in Barcelona, with two of our three cars eliminated at the very first turn by a rival spinning back into the pack.
Chris Short teamed up with Bryson Morris in the #15 Ligier JS P320 with the pairing running well all week in testing and practice. Chris was frustrated with the qualifying session, as multiple red flags made it difficult to get heat into the tyres and quick laps in the books.
Chris qualified 18th, while new teammates in the #13, Ben Stone and Santiago Concepcion Serrano were 23rd and #14 Andres Lattore and Daniel Ali were 26th on the grid.
Sadly, all the hard work was undone at the start by rivals running off the track, spinning back onto the circuit and eliminating both Chris and Ben from the race.
Andres survived the first corner dramas but then he spun the Ligier early into his stint. The car came to a rest on a kerb, beached and it took two laps before he was able to continue in 24th position. He concluded his stint and handed over to Daniel, who steered clear of troubles and brought the car home to complete his Michelin Le Mans Cup debut 22nd.
We hope for much better luck for the remainder of the race weekend here in Barcelona, with the first round of the European Le Mans Series taking place tomorrow.