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18-11-2013
Harry Tincknell speedy but out of luck in Macau

British rising star Harry Tincknell was out of luck in the Macau Grand Prix despite showing very strong speed that should have put him among the leading contenders.

The 21-year-old from Devon was among the leading runners from the moment practice kicked off on Thursday, but a startline crash in the qualification race meant he started the Grand Prix itself from the back of the grid.

Tincknell showed some strong overtaking form in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen to rise from a starting position of 27th to 14th at the chequered flag. A good effort – but disappointing as his form earlier in the weekend suggested a podium finish was possible.

Harry was fourth fastest in the opening qualifying session on Thursday, proving the latent potential of his ability. “I was fastest for a while after putting a strong banker lap in,” he said. “It was generally a good day and I’m happy to be fourth. Also, this is only my second time in Macau and, looking at the number of times the people in front of me have raced here, they’re super-experienced.”

Tincknell was fourth again in the Friday free practice session, so was disappointed to qualify eighth fastest in the afternoon, when nearly everybody improved their times over Thursday.                                          

“To be honest it was all down to not getting a tow, which is crucial here because the slipstream can gain you so much time on the straights,” he said. “Compared to the pole man I was more than seven tenths off in the first sector, which is all flat-out!

“I did get a nice tow off my team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, but then his car broke down in front of me on the twisty part of the track, which delayed me. I feel fast, and I’m confident there was more time in me.”

Unfortunately, at the start of the qualification race Tom Blomqvist stalled and Harry had nowhere to go, crashing into the back of him. “There’s an infinite amount of grip on the track with it being so hot and Tom stalled – just as I did on the green-flag lap,” said Tincknell. “It’s difficult now I’m going to start the GP from the back, so I just need to have fun and see what I can do.”

He did that, picking his way through the field – and the accidents around him – to make up 13 positions.

“I did some nice moves but it felt like I lacked quite a bit of grip to do a fast lap time,” said Harry. “At least I avoided the carnage.

“After second free practice and first qualifying I was right up there, and we were a little bit unlucky in qualifying. It’s just a story of what could have been.”

Far from his season being finished, Tincknell, who is a member of the BRDC Rising Stars initiative, is now looking ahead to four races on the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit of Sakhir in the India-based MRF Challenge. He will be racing on the support card to the FIA World Endurance Championship round, in which his mentor Allan McNish is already crowned as 2013 champion and which takes place on November 30.

 

 

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