Fulvio MussiThere was only one new name on the grid for the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup qualifying at Rockingham. It was traffic free, but gearbox cooler pump problems made the YourRacingCar.com (YRC) car sluggish resulting in a consistent but mid-order qualifying position of sixth for the weekend’s three races. Saturday afternoon’s race saw YRC’s car squeezed out, but YRC’s driver Fulvio Mussi held on to the car in fronts rear and took his place back on lap 4. Then Fulvio hounded down close Cup rival Tom Sharp and made a move on lap 8 which resulted in YRC taking the chequered flag of the 10 lap race in 5th despite some rear damage from the action.

Sunday morning’s contest saw an early racing incident lifting the YRC car and weakening the left rear bodywork. Further on in the race Fulvio was again defending his position as his car was bumped up the rear several times by Sharp. Eventually the heavily damaged left rear shearing into the rubber was too much for the tyre – puncturing as Fulvio came out of the hairpin. Skilfully he got the car back to the pits for an unscheduled stop. Other incidents and mechanical problems for competitor’s cars shuffled the pack and Fulvio rejoined the race in 8th and held position until the end.

The final race saw a second corner run in with title chasing Frank Wrathall leaving the YRC car without a bonnet. Incredible driving from Fulvio ensured the YRC car came over the line despite the body damage. The loss of another car from the front of the pack meant that despite the aerodynamic disadvantage to the YRC car, Fulvio brought it home for the fans in sixth; only to lose ten Cup points as a result of the judicial enquiry into the early incident with Wrathall. It’s still enough to take Fulvio into the final race weekend of the Cup fourth, but with Sharp and returning previously retired Christian Dick close on his wheels.

Hannah James, Team Manager, said; “Fulvio showed why he is the fan’s favourite this weekend. Despite a mid-pack qualifying he has fought hard to retain our Cup position. Whilst the television coverage is welcomed by our sponsors we’d rather not be racing with a battle scarred car throughout the weekend – Fulvio’s got talent! Others would have struggled to bring the car home at this circuit let alone in sixth in the final race.”

YRC are looking forward to seeing more of the YRC fans drop by the team’s garage at Brands Hatch on 3rd and 4th October and by joining YRC before 24th September fans will have time to get their name and picture on the car this year. Their money will go towards the repairs on the car. It’s simple go and press the ‘Engine Start’ button at www.joinyrc.com. Businesses wanting to come to the racing to see their website over a wheel arch as one of our tyre sponsors should email Kathryn@yourracingcar.com.