24h Spa 2022: ERC Endurance Ducati forced to retire after fuel pump issues
ERC Endurance Ducati had to retire early from the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps with its riders Xavi Fores (ESP), David Checa (ESP) and Chaz Davies (GBR). After ongoing problems to the fuel pump system, the team was forced to quit early.
Xavi Fores had taken the start on the EWC-spec Ducati Panigale V4R and made a solid opening of the race, with David Checa and Chaz Davies to follow. All three riders were giving their all for bringing home a good result and were fighting in the group behind the podium.
However bad luck was coming in with a fuel pump issue. The team changed the whole fuel unit twice and was investigating the occurred problems directly on site with the outcome the race had to be over for the Karlsruhe based squad.
After 280 laps and a race time of 11:45 hours ERC Endurance Ducati was out of the 24 hours of Spa.
“This was of course not the outcome we had expected or hoped for but this is also Endurance racing and anything can happen. We had some problems this weekend and it climaxed in the race unfortunately. Our pace was good and we could have done more, but we have to accept it. We now take our learnings from it and move our heads to Suzuka.”
“We can clearly see Endurance is on another level today and almost all teams had their fair share of problems in this race. Unfortunately for us they were so big we had to retire early. We will draw our lessons from this week and then move on to Suzuka.”
“It is a pity we could not make it to the finish in my first 24 hours race but I have enjoyed this experience. It was great fun riding this EWC spec Ducati Panigale V4R and to share the bike with such experienced and fast riders. With the withdrawal from the race it was to hard way to learn what is meant by ‘In Endurance anything can happen’, but it is, what it is. I thank the whole ERC Endurance Ducati squad for giving me this opportunity.”