F3000 debutant Marc Hynes is hopeful of appearing at the next round in France, despite crashing out at Monaco.

The reigning British F3 champion has struggled to find the finance to step up to the grand prix support class this season but, having been given his break by the World Racing Team [WRT], is understandably reluctant to throw it away. He still needs to find the funding to complete the campaign, however, and his accident in the Principality will have done little to ease the burden.

Having failed to make the cut on his first outing at the Nurburgring, Hynes qualified 20th in Monaco, benefiting from his first proper test with both team and car to outperform the likes of Tomas Enge and Jaime Melo Jr, neither of whom made the field. He was then running in the top 15 when his race ended abruptly against the wall opposite pit-lane.

Hynes put the accident down to experience, claiming that his Lola had been in handling difficulties almost since the start of the 50-lap race. He admitted to having possibly brushed another car in the melee at the start, but the team revealed that a suspension failure was the likely cause of the Briton's impact with the wall.

''It's difficult enough when you don't know the track or the car properly,'' he explained, ''but, when the track is somewhere like Monaco, it's even more so. I just need to go away from here and do some more testing.''

WRT has admitted that Hynes needs to come up with some money if he is too see out the season, but reveals that it is keen to keep the Englishman on board. Both expect to be lining up together at Magny-Cours at the beginning of July.



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