Croft Disappointment

NGMSport Mosler MT900R

It was a disappointing weekend for the NGMSport team with an electrical failure in the Mosler taking the car out of the Dunlop Endurance race at Croft after just 45 minutes. With the Renault RS01 still waiting for replacement parts to arrive from France it was another single car effort for the team with drivers Javier Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano returning to the north east circuit for the first time in several years.

Qualifying saw Morcillo scrub in a new set of tyres leaving Cintrano to post the 4th fastest time meaning he would take the start against the faster drivers, leaving Morcillo to chase the gentlemen drivers at the end of the race.

Unfortunately the plan wasn't to be when on lap 21 an alternator problem saw the Mosler slow to a crawl half way around the lap. The chasing Whitebridge Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 gratefully took the position from Cintrano but the following Century Motorsport Ginetta wasn't so lucky and took a glancing blow off the stranded Mosler. With just minor damage the Ginetta was able to continue but with a complete electrical failure, Cintrano was left stranded with no way to talk to the pit crew.

The Mosler was eventually recovered under a safety car and returned to the pits and whilst the faulty alternator could have been replaced it would have left the team too many laps down so the decision was made to retire.

Speaking to championship co-ordinator Claire Headley, Morcillo said, "There was an alternator problem, which we knew right from the start, so eventually we had no power, and when it stopped Manuel had no battery charge to re-start, and the radio wasn't working either. This car is an old lady now, and though we could fix it we will be a long way behind, and Manuel wants to save the car for the next round at Silverstone."

The team is looking forward to returning to full strength at the next round of the championship at Silverstone on the 13th August.

Text and Photography: Jurek Biegus / V12M

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