Such was Sandy’s pace, he posted back-to-back fastest laps of the race, his quickest being 1min 46.714secs. And the Scot was quick to pay tribute to his Barwell crew which had to change the gearbox in the Lamborghini in the 60 minutes before qualifying.
“It was a fantastic effort by the team to change the gearbox in an hour,” he acknowledged. “It was crucial they managed it otherwise we would have missed qualifying and obviously wouldn’t have the race win.”
Starting from seventh on the grid for the second one-hour race, Sandy eased into sixth place before handing the car over to Balfe. But having served their additional 10-second success penalty, a result of their win just hours earlier, the duo took the chequered flag in ninth place.
“We achieved our primary goal in the second race, which was to score more championship points,” Sandy, personally backed by Huntly-based Black Bull Scotch Whisky, Tunnocks, Lamborghini Edinburgh, Upper Dysart and Alan Davie Transport, continued. We knew the combination of our starting position and the extra penalty was going to make it tough. Without the penalty we’d have been mixing it with the top four cars which finished the race.”
“Getting our first win of the season is a terrific boost for everyone in the Barwell team. Importantly, we also now head to the next round, the three-hour race at Portimao in Portugal, without any additional time penalties, which is a big bonus.”