Spyker finishes at Le Mans the second time it participates
Team Orange Spyker's C8 Double12 R (chassis number 009) finished the 2003 edition of the 24-hours of Le Mans in 31st position overall and 10th in GT class. After a night plagued gearbox and clutch problems the car performed without any fault between 8.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. Other than fuel problems and tyres the car required nothing.
Victor Muller, Spyker CEO, said at the finish line:"Last year Spyker was the first Dutch car manufacturer to participate at Le Mans. Only in my most ambitious dreams I believed we would be the first Dutch car manufacturer to finish at Le Mans. I wish to thank the ten thousands of Dutch supporters who came to Le Sarthe. It was an unforgettable moment when Hans Hugenholtz passed the finish line at 4 o'clock. I was speechless. Our crew under the management of Peter van Erp has performed so well and the logo of Spyker's "Nulla tenaci invia est via" (for the tenacious no road is impassable") applies to each and every one of them.
Hans Hugenholtz, four time Le Mans veteran: "This was the hardest fought battle I ever had at Le Mans, but we got there and the sight of the Dutch fans along the track gave us wings. What an achievement for an 18 month old team"