AMG Mercedes Benz F1 team endurance race for Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance
Date: 5 June 2016
Format: 12 hours endurance race around Montreal’s F1 circuit, Canada
On Sunday 5th June, The Race Hut welcomed 14 teams to compete in the inaugural 12 hours of Montreal. An endurance event, the teams came with energised drivers to drive the LMP2 Prototype specification ORECA cars (seen racing on the FIA World Endurance Championship). This event was the brainchild of Richard Pattinson, a senior electronics engineer at World Champion F1 team AMG Mercedes Benz F1, in nearby Brackley.
At the end of the event over £2000 was raised for the local Air Ambulance service.
Race Day Schedule
08:30 Doors Open
08:40 Open Practice Starts
09:40 Open Practice Ends
09:45 Race Briefing
10.00 Race Start
22.00 Race Ended followed by Trophy Presentation.
The main event…
Throughout the event, each team had to manage pitstops, tyres, fuel, staying on the track(!), keeping drivers fresh and encouraging one another. The 16 allocated race simulators are state of the art and were prepared for the enduro. Teams from the Mercedes Benz F1 team were there, as were from motorsport bible Autosport, as well games gurus Codemasters but importantly local businesses keen to get involved in a very cost effective motorsport race for a very deserving cause.
The race environment was tense; the eager anticipation was keenly felt. The stage was set, and at 10am on 5th June 2016, a rolling start saw the start of the #12hoursmontreal. A cheer from teams and driving partners once they gained a place; a groan from another once they lost a place. As the race grew older, so the teams got them into a pattern; pitstops became an art form. Communication, team building and engagement was absolutely essential. However, brilliant fun was had by all.
“Team Endurance racing on our race simulators is fantastic fun and gets highly competitive, if you have never taken part in anything like this before we urge you to do so, it will be a truly memorable event.”
At 4pm, the race met half distance, another 6 hours to go. Much for the teams to ponder; yet the race was being driven at a ferocious pace. When the drivers were not behind the wheel, the generous space at The Race Hut had was given to AMG Mercedes Benz, Autosport and Codemasters to display silent auction prizes. Here there was money can’t buy prizes such as a factory tour, technical drawings, games, subscriptions, autographed garments – lots of items so money could be raised for the local Air Ambulance service.
“Communication, team building and engagement was absolutely essential. However, brilliant fun was had by all.”
As the race grew to the finish, there were a lot of tired drivers, but everyone was thrilled that such a special event had been put on at The Race Hut, as Richard Pattinson explains:
Tracy Grunwell, on behalf of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service commented: “It was a terrific event, everyone had a great time and the funds raised was fantastic. This was a different kind of event that The Race Hut hosted for AMG Mercedes F1 from what we are used to. Its highly original and clearly encouraged those taking part to dig deep; we’re thankful for every penny.”
David Goode, Managing Director for The Race Hut: “We were delighted to be asked by Richard to put on their event to assist their nominated charity: the local air ambulance service. We love hosting events such as this; it’s our forte. We are no strangers to hosting events such as this, but each event is unique and tailored to our client’s demands. It has to be memorable, and that’s what myself and the team are dedicated to doing. We used our expertise to guide the team at AMG Mercedes F1 on how best to invite teams, raise funds and use the superb facilities we have here in Oxford.
It’s superb to get feedback from Richard on how the day went. Yes, it was tiring, but we love doing this. A phenomenal amount was raised, everyone had a great time and we hope to be welcoming AMG back very soon.”
If you think your charity or fundraising needs would benefit from an event at the Race Hut please call…
The Race Hut Oxford on 01865 771556 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) or
The Race Hut Berkshire on 01753 534363 (or email email@example.com)
Team Endurance racing is fantastic fun and gets highly competitive, if you have never taken part in anything like this before we urge you to do so, it will be a truly memorable event.