The third round of the Gathering of Tweakers Endurance Series took the team to Watkins Glen, with the team looking to better the two 7th place finishes from the first two rounds of the season.
After a tricky build up to the race weekend where both drivers were struggling for pace, starting in 5thwas a pleasant surprise. A disrupted start procedure meant the race would start having run behind the safety car for a couple of laps. Darren would get a little boxed in as the field got underway in earnest, but this setback paled in significance to that suffered when the FRT Hawker prototype collided with the car on approach to the bus-stop chicane, pushing the car into the barriers.
The car was clearly damaged but was able to continue with the loss of just one position. The FRT Hawker Co team would receive a 30 second stop and hold penalty for causing the collision, as they became the second of a number of teams that would incur the wrath of the stewards throughout the race. Some reparative work was carried out whilst the fuel tank was refilled and the tyres changed at the first stop, with the team still running in 7th.
Another incident saw the prototype receive more rear end damage for the Legends Corvette, and a mandatory pitstop dropped the team further down the field, and out of contention for a top 5 finish.
Whilst the car would avoid any further complications in the race, only one place was to be gained.
Finishing the race was a relief after the multiple incident the team were involved in, and a season best 6th place was a bonus.
Despite their most incident filled race to date, the team retained the top position in the CleanX Challenge standings.
The Legends duo will look forward to a less eventful race in the next round at the historic Spa-Francorchamps.