Barff’s Le Mans Diary
Day Six – Saturday Disappointment
I'm afraid the race report
itself is very short for #91, as we unfortunately retired after
only 56 minutes of the 24-hour classic.
I took the start in front
of nearly 250,000 spectators - an incredible experience - drove
a short first stint to calculate fuel consumption, pitted at 50
minutes and handed over to the car’s owner Richard Stanton.
As Richard came through
the Porsche Curves, three quarters of his way around his opening
lap he was distracted (maybe even tapped?) by a faster car (apparently
one of the little LMP675 WRs) and speared off into the concrete
wall at nearly 100 mph.
Richard worked on the
car for nearly two hours in searing heat, attempting to repair the
rear suspension which had been badly damaged in the impact, but
with no external assistance allowed it was an impossible task. At
7pm we officially retired from the race - a huge anticlimax.
There was some consolation
in the competitive run from the #92 car. It was well placed throughout,
reaching as high as fifth in class before a differential failure
ended its run at Midnight.
All in all, a great week
but with a disappointing conclusion. TVR will be back I’m
sure and I hope I’ll be there with them.