Fuji fuel-saving miscalculation for Cassidy

Motorsport.com report that Nick Cassidy’s Vantelin Team TOM’S Toyota team miscalculated the amount of fuel he needed to make the finish in last weekend’s Fuji race.

Read full article here: Cassidy reveals Fuji fuel-saving ‘miscalculation’

Raced in atrocious wet conditions, the Yokohama wet tyre compound was expected to last the entire race so the strategy was on fuel saving to avoid making any pitstops.

However, what was not taken into consideration was that the race would finish on maximum time (90 minutes), rather than completion of the full 55-laps. In reality only 53-laps were completed.

So for the first 30-laps it was all about fuel until both driver and team realised the mistake.

Cassidy had nothing but praise for both his race engineer and team manager and the communication that took place during the race.

Finishing on the podium in third, Cassidy commented, “It was still a good result and made for an exciting last 20-laps.”

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits both talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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