RML started this years Le Mans 24 Hours race today with the teams three drivers Mike Newton, Tommy Erdos and Nathan Kinch securing a 7th row grid position with the MG Lola EX257.
Tommy took the start of the 24 Hour race and a clean getaway saw him maintain his position on the first lap. The following early laps saw him climb the leaderboard and gain 10th position before he began to experience a throttle problem and was forced to pit. A few minutes were lost before he was back out on track where he rejoined in 37th position. He drove a trouble free run for the next hour, gaining a place, before pitting for Mike to take over.
Mike's first stint was delayed when a starter motor problem had to be rectified during the driver change and resulted in the team losing approximately 6 minutes on track. Rejoining in 43rd position he drove a fantastic stint, gaining places consistently and taking the MG up to 15th. The team optimised a safety car period to refuel which also enabled Mike to extend his stint to over twice its scheduled length. Despite being pushed into a spin by another car he drove superbly to rejoin the race before pitting to hand over to Nathan.
Nathan began his stint in 16th position and after one and a half laps the MG lost power and he had to make an unscheduled stop. The car was found to have a broken exhaust manifold and the team worked tirelessly to replace the complicated system for the next two hours. Nathan rejoined the race in 43rd position and with darkness fallen he drove a very impressive two and a half stints, setting the fastest time of the day, and lapping consistently to maintain 41st position. After over two hours in the car he pitted for a driver change and Tommy took to the track for his second drive of the race.