Kevin Weeks and John Allen’s bid to win Targa Wrest Point suffered a crushing blow in today’s opening stage, with Weeks crashing and substantially damaging the rear of the Supaloc Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.
While the team was able to repair the car, they received a ten-minute time penalty for missing two stages and ultimately finished 17th overall.
“Today’s stages were wild, some of the roughest stages I’ve driven on,” Weeks said. “At one stage, we were airborne at 180 km/h.
“On the opening stage, I was flying. I was two seconds quicker than our rivals, the Whites, in the other Lamborghini, after the first two kilometres of the stage.
“Unfortunately, one of the corners came up more quickly than I expected, and I wasn’t able to pull the car up. We haven’t worked out yet whether it was a misread pace note or a driver error, but the end result was that we didn’t make the corner and did a lot of damage to the right-rear corner.”
Amazingly, Weeks and Allen managed to limp to the end of the stage and record the fourth-fastest time.
“The brake disc had a huge chunk missing from it, there was a lot of toe-out and we had to replace the entire right-rear corner,” the team’s technical director Oscar Fiorinotto explained.
“It’s so disappointing for the team, because Kevin was showing really good pace and I reckon he could have won the rally. It was going to be a great battle between us and the White team, that’s for sure.”
“If there’s anything positive to come out of this weekend, it’s that I’ve used up my bad luck before Targa Tasmania!” Weeks concluded.
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