Yesterday was the third round with the 8 hours of Silverstone. This race have had all what endurance races can bring to with it. It was amazing to see all this cars on track and over 100 drivers from all over the world. First of all we wanna say thank you to all teams and drivers for this amazing race, it was tough but also a lot of fun out there. Also congratulation to RGPL Endurance Team for winning the LM-P1 class with this pace and great performance. Also a big thanks goes out to Joshua Anderson who have done again a very great job with his commentating and dont forget Jimmi Allison for making all this possible. Now let's move on and have a look what happens during this 8 hours with our three cars, starting with the #6 LM-P1:
#6 LM-P1 was driven by Bernd Schmidt and Patrick Baaden. Bernd Schmidthas driven the qualifying and he was able to get P9. His start was still fine for us without any troublel. After a few laps the first run of overlapping the GT come and it was pretty tough on this track, Bernd Schmidt has lost a few positions but his pace was good and consistant and with his tyre choice he was in a good position for the first double stint. At the end of his stint he finds his self on P4 and then it was time for Patrick Baaden. Patrick has choosen another tyre choice for his first stint and he was also able to go a great pace. Then in the second stint from Bernd Schmidt it should be frustrating for both drivers, Bernd on P3 and in T6 his game crashed and he lost 2 places and were 2 laps down from now. Every chance for the podium were lost at this point. Patrick and Bernd was fighting as hard as possible and at the end they were able to finish this race on P6. We’re so sorry for you guys but we’re also very happy that your pace have raised up and we wish you good luck for the next race. Congratulation for this performance.
#81 LM-GT was driven by Shane Chancellor and Alex Bräutigam. Alex has driven the qualifying and he gets pole position. This is what you call a perfect race from the start on. With an amazing pace an perfect strategy and without any incident it was an absolute perfect job from both drivers. They lead the whole race and doesn’t give up P1 over the race and with this brilliant drive they bring it home. Don’t forget David Jundt for his great support. Huge congratulations to Shane and Alex for this amazing race, very very well done, you really deserve the victory in the GT class. Thanks for the first VEC GT victory in our history and good luck for the next race.
#82 LM-GT was driven by Fatih Demirci, James Duku and Martin Swaczyna. Fatih was driving the qualifying and he brings the car on P11. Fatih has a good first stint and gained some positions but had trouble during his first pit stop. After two hours James Duku steped into the car, continued in a decent way, had a great pace and he was able to bring the car on P6. But then the nightmare has started with two major incindents from Fatih with an LM-P1 and unfortunatly with an LM-P2. Fatih has given the car then to Martin Swaczyna and he brings the car home on P13. This was a tough race for this car and we’re really sry for you. We wish you good luck for the next race.
We dedicate the victory of our GT car to Gilles Racing Team especially to Vicent Simeón who sadly passed away a few days ago.
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