Frustrating weekend on track for racing duo

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Bury St Edmunds’ Matt Parry endured a problematic time on the famous Nürburgring circuit in the fourth round of the Formula Renault Eurocup at the weekend.

The 20-year-old former County Upper School pupil began well to finish seventh at the end of the practice session and secure that place on the grid after qualifying.

Parry quickly moved into sixth position once the race started, but was forced to visit the pits after being hit from behind and subsequently spinning across the track.

The Fortec Motorsport driver qualified in 16th for the second race and suffered niggling mechanical issues to prevent any further progress than a 14th-place finish.

“Although our luck and results haven’t been the best in the opening four rounds, the gaps to the drivers ahead of me in the standings remain small,” said Parry.

The series returns from its summer break for the fifth round at Hungary’s Hungaroring track on September 13.

n Great Finborough’s Oli Basey-Fisher had factors beyond his control rob him of a podium finish at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on Saturday.

The Ginetta G55 driver secured pole position for round seven of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, with teammate Matt Nicoll-Jones doing likewise in the round eight session.

With the duo on course for their first silverware since winning round three at Rockingham in May, an engine blow-up during the second-half of the opening contest on Saturday morning led to a hugely-frustrating retirement and also resulted in the teammates having to sit-out race two.

“We really thought our luck had changed,” said the 19-year-old.

“The team worked so hard all weekend and we deserved more than we got in the end.”

There is now a seven-week break from action before the ninth round of the season on August 31 at Brands Hatch.