CAR 113 - DUQUEINE/LESSOUDIER/ROUSSELOT/LACROIX Anchorman Gilles Duqueine took the first stint and starting behind the sister car, soon profited from their problems, pulling up to 2nd in class by the end of an hour. A puncture during the 2nd...
CAR 113 - DUQUEINE/LESSOUDIER/ROUSSELOT/LACROIX
Anchorman Gilles Duqueine took the first stint and starting behind the sister car, soon profited from their problems, pulling up to 2nd in class by the end of an hour. A puncture during the 2nd hour hindered progress, entailing a long run to get home on a wheel with just the tyre sidewalls left. This meant a drop to 6th in class and the long fight back began, Duqueine again fighting back to 3rd in class G3. A further puncture and 2 unwanted stops to repair the rear lights dropped them back to 6th in G3 and 30th overall.
Given the inexperience of the crew and the team in 24h racing, it's creditable to still be there and competitive after 8 hours. Any problems have been (relatively) little ones and whilst a finish is a long way away, optimism is building.
CAR 114 - REID/KHAN/VAN SLPUNTEREN/DUMAREY
This crew had high expectations after qualifying in second behind the GT1 look-alike Aston Martin DBRS9. Anthony Reid took the start and set a strong pace, taking the lead of the G3 class after just 3 laps and holding it until a surprise pit stop "a GT2 Porsche side-swiped me into the pit lane, I didn't actually want to pit". His unexpected arrival plus fuel rig problems led to a slow stop, dropping the car down the order somewhat. Paul Van Splunteren took the car next but soon encountered a big problem as the front splitter, vital to downforce and cooling airflow, was badly damaged. He pitted and running repairs were made whilst a solution was found. When he pitted next, the attempt at repair failed and Maxime Dumarey was put into the car, without any front splitter at all, and told to put some laps on the chart. 17 year old Dumarey was incredibly quick in a car that was understeering madly and threatening to literally cook him. Ian Khan took the car with the same lack of a splitter and drove quickly and consistently in line with what you might expect given his experience of more than 25 24h races. And whilst Khan stood firm, the car slowly pulled itself to pieces around him as the front bodywork unpeeled.
Elevated under bonnet and cockpit temperatures sent a silencer up in smoke and an electrical fire after 8 hours eventually caused the team to withdraw the car. After so much hard work the team was thoroughly disappointed to quit but having led the class and recorded a fastest lap in G3 after 4 laps which stood for 6 hours, there are some strong positives to take away.
After his first race in the car, Paul Van Splunteren was clear about his feelings "I love this car" and it was obvious he wants to be back in it as soon as he can. Maxime Dumarey was exhausted but pleased with his efforts, whilst Ian Khan was relaxed "we made a good team today" he said. Anthony Reid had clearly done a great job and promptly headed off to his favourite spectating point at Le Radiion with a bottle of wine.