Yesterday was the 7th round of the VEC with the 6 hours of Interlagos in Brasil. It was a dramatic and interesting race with mixed weather conditions and a lot of action!
Our congratulation goes to #20 RGPL Endurance Team for winning the 6 hours overall and also to the class winners RGPL Endurance Team - SimTech Motorsport (LM-P2) and Pulse Motorsport (LM-GT). Great drive and great job!
Now let's have a look through the results of our 3 cars, starting with #6 LM-P1:
#6 LM-P1 was driven by Patrick Baaden and our guest driver Erhan Jajovski. Erhan made his LM-P1 debut and did a cracking job to put the car on P2 in qualifying!
The start went good and Erhan could take over the lead, after the pole sitters of Deltec had to serve their penalties. During his first 100 laps he had a great pace and was able to build a gap, with 1 lap in front of 2nd place. Unfortunately, in his 100th lap Erhan had some wheel issues and lost the car into the wall.
After that it was time to recover and Patrick tried to fight back and stay on track, especially when the rain was starting. But after 1 hour into his stint, he had an unfortunate contact with a GT car and crashed into the wall. A good result was gone and both drivers just tried to bring the car home.
They finished on P5 and it was a really disappointing result, especially due to the fact that our biggest championship containders won the race. It's not over, but it will be very hard to catch RGPL Endurance Team with 20 points behind them. We are sure, that our guys will try everything to fight back at Le Mans!
Finally we would like to thank Erhan for his effort, his great attitude and of course for his great performance. And also a big thanks to Team Vires, who gave us the opportunity to race with Erhan! Hopefully he got this experience for what you have looking for ;).
#81 GT-LM was driven this time by Shane Chancellor and Mike Horn. Shane qualified the car and was able to put the car with a great lap on P2.
The race start was good, Shane was battling with our teammates from #82, the guys from rSeat.fr Racing Team and had also a great fight with Thomas Hinss until Lap 53. It was a shock when a LMP1 hit him on the start/finish straight, but luckily he could avoid to crash into the wall. He lost some places, but tried to fight back.
After a long and really strong 3 hours stint from Shane it was time for Mike. He did a great job, especially because of his last minute call due to the problems of Alex, who couldn't drive.
Mike kept a clear head, in particular during the wet conditions. He had great pace, gained some places and our team was fighting for a podium spot. With a good strategy and a clean drive by Mike, the team made his final stop on P2 with 1 hour left. With a safe 2nd place it was just to finish the race, but with 30 mins left Mike crashed into a spinning LM-P1. He was clearly innocent, couldn't avoid him and suffered damage of 261 sec. The team lost 3 spots and finished on 5th place.
It's really frustrating but it could have been worse, because the team has still a 11 points lead in front of again strong Pulse Motorsport guys. It will be a thriller for the championship fight at Le Mans!
#82 GT-LM was driven by Andreas Schröder, James Duku and Fatih Demirci. Andreas did the qualifying and put the car on a good 6th place.
He did a really great 2 hours stint with strong pace, without any mistake and nice tyre management. Due to the fact that he double stinted the tyres he was able to lead some laps!
After that Fatih stepped into the car on P4 and did a good first stint. When he entered the pits for his first planned stop, he received two annoying speeding penalties in a row and as he entered the 3rd time into the pits, he lost the car and had contact with the wall. Our car fell back to 11th place.
At the same moment, it started to rain and the team decided to give the car to a fresh driver James. He did a fantastic job in this hard and demanding changing conditions, without any mistake and good pace, especially in the rain.
Due to his best performance of the season, he could gain place by place and finished the race after his 3 hours stint on P6.
Congrats to you guys for your best result of the season and with a bit more luck, it could have been a fight for a podium spot!
It was not the best race for our 3 teams, but still a good performance. Congrats to all finishers! Now it's time to focus for the big one, 24 hours of Le Mans! 8 Weeks of hard preparation are in front of our drivers! Good luck for that.
Black Hawk Racing