Fabio Babini and Jamie Davies battled to a top eight finish at Brno despite a tough weekend in the latest round of the FIA GT Championship.
The Scuderia Ecosse pairing endured a difficult start to the event with an accident during the pre-qualifying session which damaged the #62 Ferrari 430, but the car was repaired in time to qualify and start the race.
The pair were faced with an intermittent engine problem throughout the race however but an aggressive strategy and solid pit work ensured the car took the flag in eighth place – picking up the final point on offer.
“It is a shame we suffered from damage during first practice so eighth place here is the best we could do today,” Davies said. “The pit stops were perfect but it is disappointing that we were not able to show the progress Pirelli have made with the tyres.”
Team boss Stewart Roden admitted that the incident in pre-qualifying had had a big bearing on the way the weekend had panned out but was pleased with the performance shown by the new tyres on the car.
“Jamie's spin on Saturday set us back early on at Brno,” he said, “and coupled with the engine power issue we have struggled all weekend. The new tyres were very consistent and are a big step forward. After one and half hours running on the same set we managed our fastest lap time on the final lap of the race!”