2018 Charity Driven 24 Hour Race Review
Our annual Charity Driven 24HR race took place on April 28/29th and once again was a massive success, not just in the racing, but with the £6k raised in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. After previous events using tracks such as Nurburgring and Suzuka, this year’s event went back to 24hr racing basics to mimic the world’s most famous 24HR race – Le Mans. The faster and more regular Race Hut teams were grouped into the slower, more challenging GTE class whilst the annual charity racers were assigned the much faster LMP1 cars. This combination went down very well, and all parties enjoyed a fantastic 24 hours of pure racing.
PRO CLASS – GTE
In the PRO class it was a great fight throughout the order with the consistently fast team from Bath University taking the top step after 24 hours in the Ferrari. Closely following Bath home on the lead lap was the luckless Team Amanda who, despite trying to emulate their idol Ricky Bobby, lost the lead after falling foul to a large collision with a kerb…
After being locked in a battle for the podium from the early morning it was SIB Racing who stepped forward to stop a Ferrari wash out on the podium and put their Aston Martin on the final step by just 25 seconds. Scuderia Cirout, who had been keeping quiet during the first quarter of the race, had a very impressive night putting them in contention come Sunday morning. However, Oxford Brookes Racing outsmarted a tiring Cirout in the final stint with fuel strategy to take home a valiant 4th position by just 18 seconds after 24 hours of racing.
“Competitive throughout our class – positions 3-5 very close and all teams were performing at a very high level. Definitely enjoyable and would do again.” – Scuderia Cirout
Behind the podium contenders the racing was equally as fierce with Bath’s second team coming in 6th, whist a mighty fight pursued to avoid being awarded the wooden spoon. This ended with just 30 seconds difference between 7th position Last Minute Racing and Team Amanda’s 8th place finishing Porsche entry.
- Bath University 1 (Ferrari) – 342 Laps
- Team Amanda (Ferrari) – 342 Laps
- SIB Racing (Aston Martin) – 340 Laps
- Oxford Brookes Racing (Ferrari) – 340 Laps
- Scuderia Cirout (Ferrari) – 340 Laps
- Bath University 2 (Ferrari) – 337 Laps
- Last Minute Racing (Ferrari) – 335 Laps
- Team Amanda (Porsche) – 335 Laps
AM CLASS – LMP1
Despite struggling during the night and dropping down the order somewhat, Team Lambo came back fighting as the sun came up clinching a very respectable 4th position. Behind them it was Team Bandit made their own problems in the opening stint by running out of fuel. With the aid of a spare car they were pushed around the circuit back to the pits for a re-fuel and back into the race.
“It only took 19hrs to work our way back into the same position!” said Team Manager Dion Price.
Sporting Bears had just the one driver to start the race, as the other team members couldn’t arrive until 11pm! So, with other teams stepping in for the first half of the race to ‘crowd drive’, they reached a high of second position… only for the other team members to eventually arrive at which point their fortunes very much changed – ending with a 7th position in class, just 21 laps off the leaders!
- Omnium Racing (Toyota) – 371 Laps
- Pirates of the Car-ibean (Porsche) – 368 Laps
- T M Racing (Toyota) – 367 Laps
- Team Lambo (Toyota) – 364 Laps
- Gentlemans Jolly (Toyota) – 364 Laps
- Team Bandit (Audi) – 352 Laps
- Sporting Bears (Toyota) – 350 Laps