CR Scuderia saw a record breaking weekend at Zolder turn into one of disappointment as the European leg of the FIA GT Championship drew to a close at the Dutch circuit.
Qualifying has seen Andrew Kirkaldy secure his place in series history when he secured the GT2 class pole position in the #56 Ferrari 430.
It marked a twelfth series pole for the Scot to cement his place as the most successful qualifier in the history of the series, although the sister car could only manage ninth place after Tim Mullen suffered a driveshaft failure.
“Everything went exceptionally well today,” Kirkaldy said. “We've had a good car for the last few races but it hasn't gone our way; pole at Brno but then a first corner accident, and a fast car at Nogaro but Rob was taken off by Montanari, twice! Hopefully we can go out and have a clean race tomorrow. It won't be easy but Rob and I will give it everything we've got. I'm really happy to now have 12 FIA GT pole positions. This is only my third year in the Championship and I hope there will be many more years, and poles, to come.”
Unfortunately for Kirkaldy, his hopes for a clean race came to nothing when the race got underway when team-mate Rob Bell was fired off into the gravel trap on the opening lap, with multiple contact putting the car out of the race.
“It's a massive disappointment as Andrew and I were on for a win today,” Bell said. “The car has been fantastic all weekend and we had the right strategy for the race. There was nothing I could do at the first corner. The first hit spun me around and the next one fired me off.”
Mullen made a good start in #55 car but fell back a few laps in when he outbraked himself at the end of the lap and had to drive through the pit-lane. He handed over to James Sutton around 50 minutes into the race who went out and did a professional job on his first outing for the FIA GT arm of the CRS team.
“There was a lot of pushing and shoving at the start,” Mullen said. “I got hit so hard from behind I thought I'd get whiplash! The car was running well today but I outbraked myself when the tyres weren't quite up to temperature and had no choice but to head into the pit lane. After that w! e were playing catch-up.
“This hasn't been one of my favourite weekends and I'm not happy to have to settle for sixth but hopefully our luck will change in Argentina.”