But with just 3 hours 20 minutes of the race remaining, Mapelli was forced to pit as the car suffered an electrical failure.
“The car had been losing battery voltage and the condition of the electronics was going to get dangerous, so Marco had to pit,” Sandy, personally backed by Huntly-based Black Bull Scotch Whisky and Tunnocks, explained. “The crew immediately set to work to repair the car. When they took the floor off the bottom of the car they could see a wire that was actually broken. It had sheared and we weren’t getting any electricity from the alternator back to the battery.”
“They did a brilliant job to get the car running again, but the delay cost us eight laps and obviously put us out of contention. “It was a real pity because we knew we had a super fast car. We qualified fourth on the grid of 71 cars and posted the fastest lap time in the race of all the competing Lamborghinis.
“We also ran comfortably in the top six for much of the race before a couple of 30-second penalties for exceeding track limits dropped us back a bit.”