RACE: NASA: Bullet Performance Thunderhill 25 Hours summary

A news flash from the gang at bullet performance, after a grueling 25 hours (more like 72) the Bullet performance team finished first in class E0 after a stellar performance by all our drivers and crew. We entered our old world challenge car ...

A news flash from the gang at bullet performance, after a grueling 25 hours (more like 72) the Bullet performance team finished first in class E0 after a stellar performance by all our drivers and crew. We entered our old world challenge car #56 and it performed flawlessly as did our drivers, Mickey Miller, Scott Lang, Travis Weltzien, Jim Mihal, Chris Welch (1.5 hours) and our new best friend Neal Looney. Those guys drove like rock stars for a total of about 5 hours a piece. The car needed only two quarts of Mobil 1, 8 Michelin pilot sports cups and about 230 gallons of fuel. No other repairs where necessary except a switch to some rain tires for the 5 hours that it rained. A special thank you goes out Bob Lee at Stop Tech for a spectacular Front Brake system and Brian Wilmers at Power Slot for the rear set up which looks brand new. We used Hawk HT 10 and HT 8 for the rear which lasted the test day and the complete 25 Hours.

The main competition in the first 12 hours was Taz Harvey's team with Paul Bonacorsi in a Honda world challenge car. We traded spots for about 8 hours In 5th overall behind the Glenn Yee Porsche team and the Rennsport Flying Lizard Porsche, followed by the Car and Driver Caterham 7. Taz and the boys had some engine problems that that caused them to fall back which left an opening for John Prall in his world challenge e-36 325 and the good old Arizona Mafia led by Andrew Sanchez in there "David" 2.5 e-30 M3. Pralls team had been involved in unfortunate collision and they fell back while making repairs but still made it back in. The rest of the race was spent fending off the Arizona Mafia of Bill Bentzen, Jason Bredis, Mario Rigoli and Andrew Sanchez who ended up with second in class for both the 12 and the 25 hour marks. Who says BMW club racers can't drive. It turned out to be a great event and went off with very few incidents.

Congratulations to all the competitors and all other class winners, And to all our new parents in the club. Bill and Tammy we really missed you guys!

Our second team in Rich Elliott's e-30 had more than it's share of problems early on,but made a some serious progress during the night. I think that brake rotor and pad changes cost us too much time to make a serious charge in the E2 class. Rich, Gil,Geoff,Klaus and a special guest Carl McGuinn who made a great charge until a "crash avoidance" caused a oil cooler failure for the Bullet 2 team. We were able to make repairs so Rich could drive the final laps to finish the 25 hours. They made it up into the top 20 at there best.

-bpe-

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