RACE REPORT - 6 HOUR OF PAUL RICARD
A very unfortunate end to the weekend for the whole Reiter Engineering team with Tomas Enge having a high speed accident in the opening stint of the 6 hour race. Fortunately Tomas has no major injuries but sustained 2 broken ribs from the impact. It has been a very tough introduction into the Blancpain GT Series for both Wood and Helistekangas this season, with this being the 2nd accident preventing them from continuing in the races.
Wood reports, "It has definitely been a character building year so far, the main thing is that Tomas is okay as it is never easy watching your teammate and friend have such a high impact accident. I guess the only thing we can do now is turn around and look at the positives from the weekend. Both Marko and I were continually improving and progressing through the practice and qualifying sessions setting quite competitive lap times. I had quite a spectacular high speed 360 spin in my qualifying session on my first flying lap which flat spotted all of my tyres so I was unable to set a competitive time, but Tomas went on to qualify the car in P38 out of 60 cars in Q3 - only 1,4 seconds off pole. The Blancpain fields are super close and competitive which shows in qualifying when there is only 1 second separating the top 30 drivers, so to be apart of this field and learn off such high caliber drivers is such a great experience."
"I have definitely felt a whirl of emotions the past 48 hours, as we have taken so many knocks this year with our last meeting at Brands Hatch also being quite disappointing where Marko crashed in practice and the car being too damaged to continue for the race. However, I can't let this get me down. I felt very lucky to have such great support from everyone racing along with me on the rear wing of our Lamborghini Gallardo at Paul Ricard. I am extremely grateful to be apart of such a great team with Reiter Engineering, the guys here work so hard to make sure we can go racing so I only feel more motivated to keep pushing hard so we can come back stronger and give the team the result they deserve."
The next Blancpain Endurance race on the calendar for the Reiter Young Stars is the last round at Barcleona at the end of September. If you want to put your name on the rear wing and race along with Caitlin in Barcelona make sure you head over and follow the directions here.