LMES - Silverstone - And Finally, From Silverstone’s LMES...
We could probably
fill a book on this event – perhaps we already have?
notes here, and images from some of the entries that might have
been overlooked (we need five of us, as we do at Le Mans, to cover
an entry of this size – and these races are only a quarter
of the duration, or a little bit less.
What about Nielsen / Thyrring / Ehret, third in GT2? The burly German
(with the French name) had started Monza’s race, and ‘got
into trouble’ with his team-mates, for having an incident
or two. Lars Erik Nielsen started this one, and he put in the drive
of his life, for two and a half hours. Both of Hugh Hayden’s
Sebah Porsches were in contention almost throughout the ‘1000
Km’ – which is a real tribute to his preparation. Wiper
trouble did afflict the RSR, but Thorkild Thyrring and Pierre Ehret
drove through that problem, and took a memorable third place at
22.00. Thorkild very graciously handed dsc his bottle of champagne!
What a star that boy is!
The link here is the colour orange: the #89 carried dsc stickers
(and we’re orange), as did the G-Force Courage – and
that’s very orange.
team was back with its original chassis (after dramas at Le Mans
and a replacement there), but Friday practice was the first serious
mileage put on the rebuilt C65, as Frank Hahn explained to Joost
“After Le Mans we had no time for testing, all the time and
resource we had went into the rebuild of our original chassis and
some development work. We've had little or no technical issues today
and have seen real progress both with the chassis set-up and with
the Judd powerplant."
Post-race, Hahn wasn’t quite so happy. “Whilst it's
great that we had absolutely no technical problems at all, and took
a championship point, there was disappointment that Tim Greaves
was involved in a few race incidents: all in all we lost about ten
laps. That certainly costs us a top 15 finish overall and, more
importantly, a top 5 finish in LMP2. But after all, we scored our
first point and we know that this could be the basis for the rest
of the season.”
G-Force is after
a podium at the Nurburgring.
Now this one is very orange! dsc stickers too….
“For me it was fantastic: the weather made it very difficult,
but I handed the car over in the lead – and not because the
others had problems, but because of our performance. But we could
the seat backwards for Marcel Tiemann – and it jammed, in
the ‘all the way back’ position. I tried to move it,
Marcel tried to move it – then the team tried to move it.
We lost a lot of time.
the last stint, but I was too far from the pedals – and the
screen was covered with oil, and the lights weren’t very good,
and we had to be careful with fuel, to avoid another pit stop. But
third place was very good for the team. I hope it rains at the Nurburgring!”
crew was another to work late into Friday night to have their car
ready for qualifying on Saturday morning. It wasn’t a class
win, but third place was still a huge achievement for this team,
with a heavily re-engineered car.
More dsc stickers here – and look at this night shot by Paul
Cherry – from Friday evening (Eddy Morris at the wheel). Del
Delaronde did a great job with the livery, but the shame of it was
that the car was out before 17 year old Eddy Morris had a chance
to race it. The ‘more mature’ drivers were full of praise
for the youngster – who should get his chance in just over
a fortnight, at the Nurburgring.