Blancpain GT: Melton racing driver Craig Dolby scorches to fastest lap in Moscow

Craig Dolby at the controls of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 EMN-150513-154822002

Craig Dolby at the controls of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 EMN-150513-154822002

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But both Dolby and MRS GT Racing team-mate Sean Walkinshaw felt the speed of their Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was stunted by the Balance of Performance (BoP) they had to run at Moscow Raceway.

The Britons had to race with 25kg of ballast in Russia – the heaviest their car has been all season.

The car also suffered with a reduction in turbo boost pressure at low revs, hampering their acceleration out of the low speed corners and compromising their speed on the circuit’s long straight.

In qualifying, the duo were left frustrated with 14th place on the grid and were only able to make up two places during the 36-lap qualifying race.

The feature race proved to be another source of frustration for Dolby and Walkinshaw, with the latter unceremoniously bumped off the track early on.

Dolby clocked the fastest lap of the race, but the pair were unable to climb any higher than 10th at the chequered flag.

Yet the result did ensure some valuable championship points.

Dolby said: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend and I think we were unlucky in qualifying, but there are lots of positives we can take from Moscow.

“Scoring points is always a good thing in a competitive series like Blancpain and setting the fastest lap gives us some heart.

“We’ve learned more about the car this weekend and underlined how much potential there is in our whole team.”