Egor Oruzdhev believes that the brake failure suffered by team-mate Ben Hanley stopped the #5 Team LNT crew from achieving a good result at last sunday’s 6 Hours of Fuji.

Orudzhev, Hanley and Luca Ghiotto finished last in the LMP1 class after their #5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 suffered a number of issues during the race, which left them 16 laps down on the winning of , and Kazuki Nakajima.

Despite the troubles, SMP Racing-backed Orudzhev was able to see the positives from his second race with the upstart British outfit.

Orudzhev almost passed the #7 TS050 Hybrid driven by Kamui Kobayashi at the start of the racing, attempting to overtake the championship leader round the outside at the first corner, but was unable to pull the move off.

The second part of my stint turned out to be difficult – we did not guess correctly with the tyre pressures. And when Luca took over from me, we, of course, took this into account and fixed it, so further our car had a good pace, especially when it started to rain.”

Ben Hanley then suffered a spectacular brake failure at turn one, as he was seen shooting onto Fuji Speedway’s runoff area in a cloud of black smoke.


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