The weekend to Spa Francorchamps proved to be a very busy weekend for David, as well as picking up the GT4 win in British GT in Race 1, less than 2 hours after finishing race 2 in 5th place after the #51s success penalty, David was bolted back into a race car to start the annual FunCup 25hr of Spa!
Driving with regular historic co-driver Graham Wilson, as well as new drivers Andrew Baron and James Rogerson, David juggled cars between sessions, prioritising his British GT duties, therefore only completing the minimum 3 laps in qualifying to enter the race and allow the extra seat time for this co-drivers, but in these 3 laps would qualify the car 89th out of the 120 starters.
“I am very greatful to Graham for the invite. The FunCup championship is a great organisation and the 25hrs of Spa is an epic event. The perfect way to get night track time at the legendary circuit. Having never driven the car before, it would be a tricky start to the weekend, FunCup wise, as I was winning in the British GT championship, however with plenty of track time over the 25hours, I knew I’d be upto speed come the race”
After only 90mins finishing Race 2 of British GT, David was on the grid to start the FunCup 25hrs and with cars lined up from the Classic start line, on the run to Eau Rouge, almost all the way to the final chicane, the double stint was going to be tricky!
“Priority 1 is to bring the car back. I wasn’t going to take any risks in the first 2 hours as I want Graham, Andrew and James to also have a good run at the race. Therefore I took my time off the start and once the traffic had thinned out a bit, got stuck into the FunCup way of racing, which meant a lot of drafting!”
David would make up a staggering 56 places in the first hour alone to have the Stanbridge motorsport car running in 33rd overall before the first fuel stop. A second hour of many safety cars meant David’s progress was haulted and after a second stint of 90mins pitted from 36th place, with the fastest Diesel lap which would stand to the end of the race, to hand over to co-driver Graham.
Unfortunalty this would be the last time David drove the car, as 30mins before he was due to jump back in at Mid night, an injector failed on the engine, and with a sealed engine and no spares avaliable, it was an early finish for the Standbridge team.
“It was a shame to have finished as early as we did. I was really looking forward to driving Spa at night, however the start of the race was a huge buzz! While having some beers after our race finished, we were all thinking about entering the race again next year already! Again a huge thanks to the guys for having me along for the experience. I loved it!”
David’s next outing will be at the Silverstone Classic where he jumps back in the Lotus Elan 26R with Graham Wilson, to jump their car back up the Gentlemen 3hr series after a Red flag haulted their progress at Magny Cours last time out.