Last minute spares flown from home saves the day
Team SW1 Capitalwrote its own fairytale story in Istanbul on Sunday with victory in the SuperSport Class Endurance Race of the Turkish Grand Prix of the Sea.
Having crawled back to the dry pits after snapping a shaft during Saturday’s Sprint Race, the crew ofTeam SW1 Capitalstaged a miraculous 24-hour turnaround with driver Dan Cramphorn’s brother, Jamie, flying out the necessary spare part from London via Taunton, Somerset to Istanbul in time for emergency overnight repairs.
Hero of the hour Jamie Cramphorn, who couriered the shaft, said: “I think [Dan] owes me about a week’s wages but I couldn’t be happier for the team. They fully deserve their victory.”
A far happier throttleman, Kim Collins said theTeam SW1 Capitalduo must be either braver or more stupid than their rivals after romping home by a margin of 44 seconds.
“It should’ve been our weekend. We had big problems on Saturday but Sunday was perfect and the boat didn’t miss a beat.”
Driver Dan Cramphorn echoed Kim’s sentiments.
“It was a great team effort and a great end to the weekend. All the hard work, frantic phone calls and plotting seems worthwhile now. It now puts us back on the right track in the World Championship so these points were really important.”
SW1 Capitalrepresentative Simon Luhr, who flew out for the weekend, said: “It was a fabulous day. Just to get the boat back in the water was fantastic. We’re all very happy about the result and looking forward to a great partnership.”