↩ News | Portimao round 2 - V De V Championship in the Ginetta G57 (10/05/2017)

After a long wait from the first round at Catalunya, Sennan Fielding was desperate to get back behind the wheel and replicate his outstanding performance at round one, where Sennan paired up with Charlie Robertson and Colin White.
 
The sun was shining and so was Sennan and his teammate Jordan, as Simpson Motorsport provided him with a superb car to test. Fielding posted the quickest time of the session with an outstanding 1.39.458s after leading and continually kept improving throughout the 90-minute test. He was leading by a remarkable 2.6 seconds! Considering this was sennan’s first time driving this circuit, he was more than happy with his results and felt confident for qualifying.
 
Friday was a mixed day of sun, wind and rain. With qualifying starting at 20:00, Fielding knew it was going to be more of a challenge with him not having any testing with the conditions he was going into. However, early that day he managed to go quickest in free practice 2 and 3, which boosted his confidence. Mike Simpson went out in qualifying and put himself P1 within a matter of time, Sennan soon found his feet and snatched P1 away from Simpson by 0.2 seconds, putting in a competitive time of 1.50.7. The battle between the two made it almost impossible for anyone else to challenge the Ginetta G57. With the competitive levels soring, mike had the option to change to a new set of wets and ultimately came out on top. However, a Ginetta P1-P2 was an amazing result for the 6-hour endurance race, which was yet to come.
 
Race day! Jordan was the first out on track; he channelled the adrenaline, which had been building up from anticipation of the race and swept around the outside on the first corner to take the lead. He had a strong pace and managed to get himself into a comfortable lead. 1 hour down, it was time for fielding to jump in the seat for his double stint, lasting approximately 120 minutes. Sennan was setting consistent, fast times, which left Simpson Motorsport feeling confident of a win. Jordan was back out for his double stint when the Simpson’s luck slowly started to decrease. Unfortunately, a win was too good to be true. With a mechanical issue causing too much damage to the car meaning they had to retire from the race 4 hours 30 minutes in. Leaving the whole team devastated.
 
Sennan “Even though we didn’t get the result we deserved, it has been a very good weekend for me, Simpson Motorsport and Ginetta. We have showed the true pace that we have. We have just got too take the positive’s from this weekend and move on to Paul Ricard, Where we will be back on that top step.”