Nurburgring 1000 Kms JWA made the trip to the track many race people consider to be hallowed ground - Nurburgring high in the Eifel mountains in the most westerly part of Germany. With the legendary 14 mile circuit now only used for some ...
Nurburgring 1000 Kms
JWA made the trip to the track many race people consider to be hallowed ground - Nurburgring high in the Eifel mountains in the most westerly part of Germany. With the legendary 14 mile circuit now only used for some spectacular touring car races, road car testing and for members of the public to drive round, JWA were to be racing on the 3.14 mile Grand prix circuit for 1000 kilometres, some 195 laps.
The works Peugeots were totally dominant and were at times 4 seconds a lap quicker than the best of the rest. In the JWA GT2 class things were much tighter. The Ferrari against Porsche battles of the 60's and 70's were to be replayed. JWA lined up ninth in the class of nineteen cars after a somewhat fraught qualifying. Caused initially by an errant prototype colliding with the back of the JWA Porsche sending Joel Camathias deep into the gravel and then difficulties with a freshly rebuilt gearbox having a bent layshaft.
The race started well with Joel Camathias gaining a couple of positions in the first hour and then losing one when he was hit by the Speedy Spyker #85. As the first round of pit stops began the JWA Porsche had climbed to fifth before having to make its stop where Joel handed over to Dave Cox. The pit stop was swift but not swift enough to hold back the very tight knit pursuing pack, which left Dave playing catch up in thirteenth place. Dave consolidated this position and late on caught and passed two troubled cars. Dave handed over to Paul Daniels who put in a solid performance maintaining the eleventh position. However he had to call an earlier pit stop as in the pit stop Paul had been put in the wrong seat position which compromised his driving style causing severe pain in his back. He was also hit in the rear bumper by a prototype causing a trip across the gravel trap at some 160 mph. Joel then climbed back in -- no easy job as he is 6' 4" tall and began a stunning series of laps all within a few tenths of each other -- a great job. Joel handed over to Dave with just over an hour left to run and in Ninth place. All at JWA had their fingers crossed that one of the cars ahead would hit trouble allowing us into the points but it was not to be and in the last laps the JWA Porsche was overhauled by a couple of recovering cars to leave us eleventh in class.
In conclusion a race that held a lot of promise but failed to deliver. We will need to be quicker and more consistent if we want to earn championship points this year with so many cars in the class we cannot rely on other entrants having problems.
Spa 24 Hours Test
They say a day is a long time in politics but the same can apply to motor sport. After a long night removing the battle scars of the Nurburgring 1000kms the JWA team made a short trip from the Eifel to the Ardennes to take part in the test day for the forthcoming Spa 24 hours.
A strikingly successful test saw the JWA Porsche top the time sheets in very changeable conditions. With shower after heavy shower rolling across the circuit JWA was in the right place at the right time as the one and only five minute dry running saw us set a time that no one else could match. Those behind included some great names in GT racing -- Ebimotors, BMS, IMSA all with massive support and some with works assist6ance.
It was a very very tired band of guys who returned to the UK that night. With apologies to all on the Easyjet flight who had to suffer the snoring of the team as they caught up on some sleep - the previous four nights totalling 21 hours.