19|04|2016 - WEC SILVERSTONE
SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR MERHI AND MANOR ENDURANCE RACING AT SILVERSTONE
The weekend proved to be a success for Manor Endurance’s first ever race in the 2016 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone. MB Partners' driver, Roberto Merhi also made a very strong debut driving #45 car with his team mates Matt Rao and Richard Bradley, finishing a very respectable P10.
After difficult track conditions in qualifying, the weather improved for Sunday's race as Roberto was first to take the wheel, making a good start and progressing well up the field. The car remained reliable throughout the race, despite a small incident where contact was made. Fortunately no major damage was sustained and both cars were able to continue.
At the final stop, Roberto rejoined the race a few seconds behind the Baxi DC Racing Alpine. A determined attack saw him catch and pass the Frenchman leaving him with 20 minutes to the flag
When the chequered flag fell, Roberto had a clear margin to the cars behind, and the team were able to celebrate their first finish in a WEC event.
Roberto commented:"This was the first time I really got to push in the car and we are learning so much. I had a good start and made up two or three positions, it was a really fun part of the race. We are in a good position now, at the beginning maybe we suffered from a lack of experience with the car but then we improved on our strategy and at the end we had really good pace."
Team Principal John Booth, added:"I'm very happy with the result for Car 45, everybody did a great job and the times we were setting towards the end of the race were comparable with those set by the guys on the podium. We are racing against experienced teams and we have shown that we can compete against them. We've learned a lot from this weekend and we’ll put that to good use in the coming races. From here we move to Spa Francorchamps, another circuit that we know well and I'm confident we'll make another step forward there."
The team return for the second race of the series on 7 May for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.