Crash.Net DTM News
Confusion costs Carroll
21 May 2007
Adam Carroll again narrowly missed out on his first points finish in the DTM, finishing eleventh at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz after a chaotic race ended with a collision that took away the chance for him to open his account.
Starting from the outside of row six, the rookie Team Futurecom-TME driver had an eventful race, but the whole event proved to be something of a muddle, with many other drivers unhappy with the overall result.
The 24-year old made a solid start, but pitted just six laps into the 48-lap race in an effort to gain a strategic advantage later in the race. However, two safety car interruptions ruined the flow of the race, the first coming after Audi stand-in Marcus Winkelhock hit the barriers after a coming together with Mercedes driver Mathias Lauda. Carroll continued to run in the top ten through the middle stint of the race, but was then caught up in a misunderstanding with fellow Briton Jamie Green, resulting in the collision that ended his points aspirations.
"I could see Jamie in my mirrors and I thought he was going to try and pass, but the next thing I knew he hit me from behind and I spun," Carroll commented.
The Northern Irishman pitted his 2005-spec Audi A4 for the second time when the safety car reappeared following the incident, resuming in 13th position and unable to make up the ground he needed to reach the top eight.
"I was aware of the confusion going on during the race, and that is why I didn't pit under the safety car but many other drivers did," Carroll said, noting that some of the leading pilots stopped twice while the field was running at reduced pace, removing the need to stop again, "I had hoped the result would be changed, but it's not, so we must move on!”