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My 2018 top 6…… #2

My 2018 top 6…… #2

#2 – Creating history winning the FIA Historic Sportscars in a Chevron B8!

The opening round of the FIA Historic Sportscars at the legendary Imola circuit in San Marino! After what seemed like a very long winter, it was awesome to get to Sunny south Europe for some historic racing again! With my partner in crime Graham Wilson, I would share his Chevron B8 in the FIA Sportscar championship race, a 60min pitstop race in the Bonnier class, a mid grid class for 2.0 litre cars of which we would share the circuit with the larger engined Lola T70s and Lola T290s if different classes.

Imola is a super old school circuit, even with the chicanes added in. Very fast and flowing that follows the Italian landscape and has a fantastic flow of long straights, big braking zones into some medium speed corners as well as some faster flowing corners which really ask you to commit on entry! In the Chevron it was a pleasure to drive! Especially along the long start finish straight which flows from left to right and allows you to pick up some big speed before it narrows into Turn1. It made for some big slip streaming!

I hadn’t seen Graham drive this well since I have been driving with him. It was also his first time to the track, but showed his pre season preparation had paid off and he was one of the fastest in his class in both the Chevron and the Cortina he was driving that weekend. This made my job easier as Graham held his own off pole position, at the beginning of the race against some stiff competition before handing over to me at the ½ way point. We had qualified highly already, but with quite a scrappy race, there were a few incidents, mechanical problems, where we benefitted to gain track positions while still maintaining the class lead. The race continued its theme with a few safety cars thrown in as well, meaning that my team had stopped showing place in class on the pitboard but now overall positions! P5, P4, P3 and now chasing down P2 and pressuring them into a mistake gave us P2 overall as we finished the race which we were already over the moon with! Then after the race the leader was excluded for contact leaving us with the win! The first time a Bonnier 2.0 litre, class car had done this!

***Motor Legend Festival Imola 2018, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy***

An amazing track, a beautiful car, beautiful weather and record breaking result! The perfect start to the year!

Watch my VLOG “Winning Imola FIA Masters Historic Sportscars” on my YouTube channel below:

DPM