Twenty hours gone and four to go

April 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

#139 Sub Zero Wolf - competing in Touring Car Endurance Series a#139 Sub Zero Wolf - competing in Touring Car Endurance Series a#139 Sub Zero Wolf - Seat Leon Cup Racer (2000cc) Drivers: Robert Smith (ENG) - Paul Smith (ENG) - Craig Davies (ENG) competing in Round 1 of the Touring Car Endurance Series. Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire England. 1st - 3rd April 2016. Photo: Dave Ayres - Picturesports 24 Hour Endurance Racing is unique. More than just a race to see who is fastest, it is a whole team event. 

Four hours in to the Silverstone 24HSeries race, the #139 Sub Zero Wolf Seat Leon blew a turbo and filled the pit lane with smoke. Take that to the local Seat dealer and you are waiting weeks for the car. Yet a few hours later Sub Zero Wolf are back out racing and still going with 4 hours left to run.

TeamBRIT – 16 hours of perfect running and working their way up the order when the DSG gearbox on the VW Golf decides to “pack a sad” and they limp back to the pits. Less than an hour later though, complete with new gearbox they are back on track and chasing to make up positions.

However perhaps the best example from the first 20 hours of the race is the #246 Abba Commercial Rollcentre Racing  BMW M3 V8, who started at the back of the grid and had spent practice and qualifying eating driver shafts and gearboxes, yet now are leading the race.

That said, it isn’t over until it is over. Just ask Team Bleekemolen

#246 Rollcentre Racing competing in 24 Hour International Endura#246 Rollcentre Racing competing in 24 Hour International Endura#246 Rollcentre Racing - BMW M3 V8 (4000cc) Drivers: Richard Roberts (ENG) - Charles Lamb (ENG) - Martin Short (ENG) - Richard Neary (ENG) competing in Round 3 of the 24H International Endurance Series. Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire England. 1st - 3rd April 2016. Photo: Dave Ayres - Picturesports After 15 hours leading the race, the engine on the #127 Team Bleekemolen Seat Leon Cup let go in a spectacular fashion on the opposite side of the circuit from the pit lane. 15 Hours and pulling away, until … but that is Endurance racing. Everything and everybody plays there part. 

Four hours to go. I wonder what will happen next?

The images from the first 20 hours are online - just click here


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