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Rolex 24: DeltaWing dream ends after 90mins

DeltaWing impresses during the initial stages of the Rolex 24 but more gearbox issues consign it to a early exit.
DeltaWing's hopes of making an impression on the Rolex 24 at Daytona came to an abrupt conclusion just 90mins into the round-the-clock race after transmission issues reared again.

The car came into the race having turned heads with a remarkable run to fifth on the grid, despite failing to complete a single lap during qualifying, and proceeded to run with the leaders during the early stages in the hands of Andy Meyrick.

Getting as high as fourth, the Briton dropped back down the order due to a puncture but just as he was working his way back through the field out of pit sequence, the gearbox cried enough and forced the car into a premature stop.

A frustrating end to an otherwise promising weekend, though it was the new gearbox that ended DeltaWing's race, Meyrick believes it has shown itself as a massive step forward for the team going forward.

“You have to be respectful of your own car and everyone around you at the start of a 24-hour race. It was a bit of a game of poker at the start, to figure out where we were fast and where our positives and negatives were. The puncture put us out of sequence but it was clear that we had the pace to run at the very front and lead the race. From a drivability point of view, it really does feel like an endurance race car, which is a step forward. So for that, it's encouraging.

“I've become accustomed to how resilient and hardworking this team is. With a brand new component in the car and not much room to maneuver, they've gone above and beyond. To qualify so well and to run so well shows that they're the real heroes. The season looks really strong as soon as we get over these teething issues. We're very disappointed, but there's lots of positives to take away.”

Meyrick was due to share the car with Katherine Legge, Memo Rojas and Gabby Chaves.

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January 30, 2015 2:42 PM

Very disappointing for them, but also encouraging as was said. I find myself becoming more & more interested in this series now and less bothered about F1.. So much variety (as per Deltawing example), plus more coverage on TV ... great!

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