Arriving at the Circuit de Catalunya off the back of a fantastic conclusion to the sister Northern Cup season a fortnight ago, where the Scottish 17-year-old and team-mate Csaba Mor finished fourth in the championship, hopes were high of mounting a strong challenge at the Spanish F1 venue.
Instead, the duo were unable to participate in either of the weekend’s Southern Cup encounters when the No.10 McLaren unexpectedly caught fire at the end of the first qualifying period when Mor was at the wheel, causing damage far too extensive to be repaired at the track. Mor had posted the 12th fastest time overall for the race one grid, 10th quickest in the Pro-Am class, lapping just half a second shy of the outright top four.
But as he headed to the pitlane on his ‘in lap’ the fire sparked.“It’s obviously disappointing the way our weekend ended, well it didn’t really get started to be honest, but it’s just one of those things unfortunately”, said a phlegmatic Hutchison,
“We came to Barcelona hoping to carry on where we left off in the Northern series a couple of weeks ago, but we didn’t have that opportunity in the end.“Csaba was heading in on his in-lap in Q1 when the car caught fire, it was obviously unexpected and a big surprise, and the damage was just too much to fix.
We have to say a huge thank you the guys at Equipe Verschuur, they’ve managed to arrange for the car to go back to McLaren’s HQ and the mechanics will fly over to England to get it fully prepared for Paul Ricard in two weeks.”
Dundee teenager Hutchison, who is supported by In Home Displays, Fitbox Virtual, Evoson and Hutchison Technologies, is relishing being back behind the wheel of the McLaren in a fortnight during the final event of the 2017 GT4 European Series Southern Cup.Paul Ricard in the south of France will host rounds 11 and 12 of the championship season over the weekend 14th/15th October.