ALMS: Fire ends win charge for Maini/Higgins/Farano in 4 Hours of The Bend
Indian Arjun Maini continued his 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series campaign for RLR MSport in the #59 Oreca 05 Nissan team alongside John Farano and Andy Higgins in the LMP2 category's Pro-Am class, in 4 Hours of The Bend in Australia.
After the Pro-Am win in 4 Hours of Shanghai, the team started Round 2 well by leading the class in both the practice sessions, where they were fifth and seventh in the overall standings. In Qualifying, Maini helped the team to take pole in Pro-Am, while they were sixth overall.
The session was interrupted by rain but the Indian's lap time was enough for a solid position, which they held on to at the start of the race as well. It was going well for the British outfit until the first round of driver change, where the rivals utilised a FCY period to gain on the lead built.
Maini stopped to hand over the car to Farano but on Lap 26, the car caught fire in the rear, which ended its strong run. They lost crucial points which has helped #52 Rick Ware Racing to take the lead with 43 points as opposed to 26 for RLR MSport.
RLR MSport Director of Motorsport Operations, Nick Reynolds, said: “Having won on our Asian Le Mans Series debut in Shanghai and been in contention for a second victory here in South Australia, we’re naturally devastated.
"The extent of the damage prevents us from identifying the cause of the fire, but we’re just pleased that John (Farano) extricated himself from the car safely. We’re also grateful for the quick actions of The Bend Motorsport Park marshals, who were immediately on the scene to extinguish the flames."
[Image courtesy: Asian Le Mans Series, The Bend]