The top British finisher, at a phenomenal eleventh overall and second in class in their first year of Group N operation, Gilford Motorsport fielded three top drivers in their distinctive red BMW E36 M3 at the Spa 24 hour race this weekend. 82 cars started and only 40 finished.

Ross Bygrave celebrating his 21st Birthday - started the gruelling race 16th on the grid of this world famous race, realising a lifelong ambition - or at least 10 years since he drove his first go-kart!

He was followed by Jeff Wyatt of Milton Keynes - on his third successful 24 hour, having achieved 1st in class and highest British entry in the Nurburgring 24 hours in June of this year and 2nd at Spa last year, and the third driver was Tony Dunderdale - Group N and Group C racer.

Pulloxhill based Gilford Motorsport lead the Group N series in this great race for four hours, until a diff replacement lost 16 minutes, allowing one of Luigi Taverna's M3s to overtake and gain three laps.

Third in the Group N class was the GTS M3 also a British entry, driven by Ian Donaldson, Gregor Fiskin and Matthew Marsh.

Gilford's first year in Group N has brought 8th in class at Spa - with young Ross again, 5th in class at Nurburgring 24 hours, 3rd in class at Zandvoort piloted by Ian Donaldson and Joe Macari and now this latest 2nd in class.

Gilford's next race is at Misano in Italy in September, hopefully with Ross Bygrave again in the car, and also Joe Macari - of Zandvoort fame.