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My 2018 top 6…… #4

My 2018 top 6…… #4

Reviewing my 2018 season, I have written up my top 6 highlights of the season for all the cool things I’ve got upto! Make sure you visit back in the final days of December to read up on these highlights! Enjoy!

#4 – Winning the Spa6hrs again!

With the race winning Elan being rebuilt since the last time it was raced at Portimao at the end of the 2017 season, and only having done 2 historic races all year, I was interested to see how we would fair this time in the 6hrs with it being so close last time out.

Shaking the car down on the Thursday the car was quite different to how it had been, quite a bit more understeer than previously, so with Andy Wolfe and I sharing the set up duties, we managed to get a bit more speed out of the car which was comparible to the previous year, but without the set up balance we had last year.

Going into Friday’s qualifying, the tracktime had been moved to later in the evening to allow the Masters Le Mans Legends to have the sunset slot. However this meant our qualifying took place in complete darkness which was pretty crazy! There were obviously a lot of people either not use to or couldn’t drive in the dark meaning there was a huge amount of traffic and some questionable driving standards. After a few more attempts than I would have liked at beating my time from last year, I came up .01 of a second short but with SO much more in the tank. Either way, it was pole position and time to hand back over to my co-drivers Shaun Balfe and Oli Stirling who were doing a great job at jumping into the car and turning consistent and competitive times! A strong line up!

Shaun would start the race and did a fantastic job gapping the rest of the field by running away with the GT40’s that surrounded us on the grid and put us in a fantastic position for the remainder of the race, not having to take huge risks in traffic to maintain the large buffer we had.

I would take the middle dusk to dark stint which I really enjoyed, almost driving 2 different circuits as the light drops away, as mentioned consistent laps and low risk overtakes were the order of the day and that’s exactly what we achieved, with a clean fuel stop in the middle, before handing back over to Oli to finish up in the dark.

The remainder of the race was handed to us further with multiple lengthy safety cars which neutralised any chance our competitors had of catching us, and until the final 20mins the mighty little Elan was running P5 overall, but with the green flag conditions allowing GT40s to save fuel and close the gap on us we would end up P7 overall, matching the best result for the car in the event.

A great event with some amazing cars and people. Defiantly a recommend a trip if you’re into anything like the Goodwood Revivial!

DPM