FIA GT » 22 September 2003
Oschersleben ends in stewards' room.
"The second half of the race was not as good as the first, with Jamie struggling with the balance," Turner added, "At one stage, we dropped to third and then got back up to second. To have both cars on the podium is a big boost for everyone in the team, and maybe in the next race we can make sure we are on the top step.
"Incidentally, the drinks bottle didn't work for Jamie because I trapped the pipe in the door, so that was my fault!"
TMC team-mate Kelvin Burt finally got to see the chequered flag again, helping Tim Mullen bring the #89 Ferrari to the end of the race.
"It was quite hot out there, and it's the kind of circuit where you have to concentrate really hard - it's very busy," Burt admitted, "The other problem is that the slower GT cars are slower than us in the corners, and they can hold you up and then accelerate, so it's a bit of a yoyo."
"The traffic was a major factor, more so than at any of the other tracks we've been to," Mullen agreed, "The conditions of the track were changing every lap. But it's
a good result for the team - our car went pretty well throughout and caught up at the end, but we definitely have to do a bit of work to catch the Pirellis, and we'll have to push hard for the last two races."
The EMKA car finished fourth, after an extremely rapid engine change between the warm-up and the start, with the lead Freisinger entry fifth.
The #74 Eurotech Porsche finished in a good sixth position on the return of Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter to the championship, with the team reaching their objective of getting both cars to the finish line. The #99 RWS Yukos Porsche of Stephane Daoudi and Toto Wolff was seventh, dropping a place on the last lap, with the #51 Freisinger Porsche of Bert Longin and Gabriele Gardel taking the final point for eighth.
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