“Having moved up to fifth, I had a fantastic restart after the final safety car, getting past two cars coming into Turn One. One of them got back past me, but then I got him again which put me into P3,” Sandy explained.
With 47 minutes remaining, he was 5.1secs behind the second-placed McLaren. After a storming series of laps, when he was at times a second faster than the two cars ahead of him, with 29 minutes of the race left to run Sandy had catapulted himself to just 0.6s behind the McLaren.
For the remainder of the race, the Scot hounded the rear bumper of the McLaren but despite throwing everything at the car he couldn’t ease himself into second place.
“We had the pace,” Sandy, who missed out on the fastest lap of the race by just 0.047s, stated, “but catching the leaders is one thing. Overtaking them is another. When you’re only two- or three-tenths a lap faster than the car in front it’s extremely difficult to overtake with the dirty air coming off the car in front. I put him under a lot of pressure and he had to defend a couple of times, but I wasn’t able to quite make the killer move. To come out with a P3, especially considering where we were early on in the race, was a fantastic effort by the whole Barwell team. I’m really happy with the way we responded and delighted with the podium.”