The 24H Series rolled into Silverstone last weekend for the first major event of the season. The newly resurface circuit combined with some wet and foggy weather throughout the race offered some challenges to the small grid of TCR entries. The first part of the race ran alongside the last part of the debut 12H race for GT’s and Prototypes, puting the three categories of car together on track for the first time in the Creventic series.
It was an outright win for Netherlands team Red Camel-Jordans.nl in their SEAT LCR. Konstantins Kalko and Ivo and Rik Breukers managed to cross the finish line on Sunday morning more than 5 mins ahead of the SEAT Leon of Team Bleekemolen, last years winners. While in third place was the SEAT LCR of LMS Racing. Confirming SEAT’s dominance in the championship.
The race got off to a good start for the low grid of fifteen entries but the changeable conditions and fresh surface meant there were multiple instances of cars spinning off track throughout, two entries that dropped out early on were the Volkswagen Golf of Motorsport Developpement,
completing just 36 laps before it became evident they wouldn’t be able to complete the rest of the 24 hours. While Team Hyundai Denmark had to pull out after the seven hour mark when a lack of spare parts sadly brought their race to an end.
There were many incidents for the pit teams to deal with including a complete engine change for Honda factory team Synchro, in a repeat of similar circumstances in last years race.
The Swindon based team were joined by British Touring Cars champion Matt Neal, but despite their incredible efforts a second bout of engine problems meant Synchro had to withdraw from the race almost 22 and a half hours in.
Also beset with engine problems was the Excelr8 Motorsport Mini JCW driven by Max Bladon, Rob Smith, Ricky Coomber, Szeto Wing Shun and Clement Tong. Requiring a full engine change and five hours in the pits the team however did manage to complete the race finishing last.
While the Excelr8 Motorsport Audi RS3,co driven by 12hr ROFGO Racing entrant Stuart Hall, also encountered problems in the form of electrical faults but managed to finish in eleventh place.
As fog rolled across the circuit at 2am the race was suspended, not resuming until 6.45am and the final thirteen entries pushed on to the 10.30 am finish.
The next round takes place at Navarra April 20th to 22nd
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