£4650 Raised with our 2019 Charity 24 Hour Race!
The fifth instalment of our 24 hour Charity race for The Brain Tumour Charity took place on 2/3rd of March and saw teams battle it out in the awesome selection of GT3 machinery around the challenging Portuguese circuit of Portimao.
After a 90 minute free practice session on Saturday morning, grid positions were set by fundraising amounts of each team through their JustGiving pages. Dominating the front of the grid was the 3 car entry from Team Amanda who together raised a total of £2,005! Closely following was Omnium Racing, our AM class pole sitters who raised a fantastic £518.
A rolling start in 2 by 2 order started the race and very quickly the light hearted charity event took a serious turn as drivers raced wheel to wheel whilst trying to save their tyres of the 60 minute stints that make up our Charity 24HR Race.
PRO Class Battle
It was University of Bath Motorsports A-team in their immaculately turned out Ferrari 488 GT3 who fought to the front and took an early lead after some robust driving in the early stint. The reigning 24 hour race winners were off to a good start however pit strategy and what was proving to be a consistently fast driver line-up saw the cars from Team Amanda challenge in the 2nd and 3rd stints.
After keeping out of trouble, it was Team Amanda A in their Ferrari 488 GT3 who soon settled into a comfortable lead. Despite setting the fastest lap of the race with an incredibly fast 1:41.264, some mistakes from Bath A-team deeper into the race meant it was a lead that they never managed to recover. After 756 laps (3514km) and missing out on the win in 2018, Team Amanda A eventually took the overall win by over a lap.
Behind the leading pair it was a 2 way dice for the remaining podium spot which went all the way through the night and came down to the final 30 minutes. It was the Team Amanda C Porsche 991 car that ended up clinching the remaining podium spot after a great battle with the SIB Racing BMW M6.
AM Class Honours
The most interesting tussle throughout the race was in the amateur class with the leading challengers Token Fat Guy and Omnium Racing swapping places in almost every stint. With the AM class cars limited on fuel level and subsequently having shorter stints, race and driver strategy proved to play a big part in the outcome. At the end of the gruelling 24 hour race it was the enthusiastic and brilliantly bright TFG Porsche 991 which came out on top by less than a lap over the Omnium Racing squad.
With over 70 people through the door across the 24 hour event weekend and with money raised by each of our teams, lap time challenges and our silent auction a final figure of just over £4650 was raised for a cause very close to home in The Brain Tumour Charity.
We must thank all our teams for their continued support of our annual 24HR Charity Race and we look forward to hosting the event for years to come.
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