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Lichfield’s Adam Christodoulou was left to rue his misfortune after a rollercoaster weekend at the 24 Hours of Spa race.
The 27-year-old’s Black Falcon team saw technical problems hamper their efforts in the latest round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
The city driver and his team-mates Andreas Simonsen and Hubert Haupt had an eye on the podium before a suspension issue with seven hours remaining forced them to pit and drop out of cotention.
And the race came to a dramatic end inside the final hour when Simonsen was wiped out by an out-of-control rival during a heavy rain shower.
“I was happy with the performances of everybody on our car, all of my stints were extremely clean and I was able to make good progress,” Christodoulou said. “The crew executed everything very well at the pitstops and our strategy was on point as well, but sadly the final result didn’t reflect the work we put into it.
“It’s a real shame how our race ended after all the hard work the Black Falcon guys put in to get everything ready. But Mercedes-AMG build a strong car and Andreas was able to get out under his own steam after such a big impact.”