Team boss Dick Bennetts has revealed that Team RAC is on course to repair Stephen Jelley's car in time for the next round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park.
Having set the pace in both free practice sessions and qualified in the top six at Donington Park, but his home rounds of the year came to abrupt end in the opening race when he spun off heavily into the wall exiting Redgate following contact with the Vauxhall of Matt Neal.
The resulting damage forced Jelley out of the remainder of race day and left the WSR-run team with work to do ahead of Oulton Park, but Bennetts said the team was on course to ensure the former single-seater racer is out on track for the fourth round of the year.
“We now know Stephen hit the wall at 125kph,” he told BTCC.net
. “Luckily it went in at an angle on the left rear so he stayed safe. He's needed to see the physiotherapist a few times but he's OK.
“Stephen's car ended up with extensive front and rear damage because when it hit the barrier it got flipped around, back to front against the wall. And bear in mind that's a concrete wall. The roll cage did a very good job, though – it suffered no deformation which we've now confirmed by putting it on our rig here back at base.
“We had a new rear new sub-frame turn up from Germany on Tuesday and the team has probably put in double the hours it normally would the week after a race, but now it's starting to look like a racing car again.”
Bennetts added that the team did have a back-up car which could be used if Jelley's race car isn't repaired in time for the event.
“It's still going to be tight but we are confident it wall all be done,” he said. “We have a third car we could switch to at the last minute, although that is not fully ready to race at the moment, but we don't think it will come to that.”