2015 Dunlop 24 – Silverstone: Live Blog Part II


www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk are covering the return of 24 Hour racing to Silverstone with the Dunlop 24. We’ll be keeping you updated throughout the race with updates and we’ll also be following the race with our Live Blog coverage.

This live blog will be updated during the second six hours of the race, taking the race through to half way.

James Broomhead April 25, 201522:04

We’re at Silverstone for the Dunlop 24 where it’s wet, but we’re racing towards midnight.

James Broomhead April 25, 201522:05

Team LNT’s Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 leads by nearly two laps from Simpson Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS

James Broomhead April 25, 201522:13

The Ginetta comes into the pits – this is not on schedule.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:24

The Simpson Motorsport Audi R8 has now taken the lead as the Ginetta languishes in the pits. Apparently it is an oil change that is keeping the LMP3 in the garage.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:25

Meanwhile the Team Russia by Barwell Motorsport boys get to work on their MARC Ford Focus V8.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:27

Team LNT is out of the pits now, only a lap ahead of the delayed Marco Schelp Porsche.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:28

LNT are back in the pits. Is the LMP3 now showing some fragility?

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:30

And Charlie Robertson takes the erstwhile leader back out of the pits. They have held on to third though.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:42

So, the #8 Audi of Simpson Motorsport continues to lead from Witt Gamski’s Ferrari 430 GT2. Team LNT are running in third place but don’t seem to be making much progress in catching their rivals.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:45

The #92 Team Russia by Barwell is in the garage with accident damage while the sister car of MARC Cars Australia is dropping down the order, victim of the great British weather.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:49

Radical are in the pits with the RXC, that is pit stop no.7.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:52

Mensley Motorsport are in with the Fiesta. The car made it back to the pits by itself but couldn’t complete the run down the pit lane. Cue much shouting and a horde of running team members.

Nick Smith April 25, 201522:56

The MJC Ferrari has taken the lead in the stops.

James Broomhead April 25, 201523:03

Safety Car is back out. What’s going on….?

James Broomhead April 25, 201523:03

The SICL.com crew are straight into the pits from 2nd in C4

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:06

 The safety car is about to out-classify the Rollcentre Racing BMW which officially retired in the first hour of the race.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:09

Now the leading Ferrari, the second placed Audi, the #41 Speedworks Aston Martin and the #91 MARC Cars Australia Ford have taken to the pit lane for service.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:13

We have now been told that there is a car off by the Wing. It’s been recovered though and the safety csar has returned to the pits. Green flag.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:15

The Gamski Ferrari is back in the pits too.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:16

The Ginetta-Nissan of Team LNT is now on the same lap as second place and chasing hard.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:17

In other battles Beechdean and Speedworks have resumed their ding-dong where they left off. 10.213 seconds separate the class 3 battle.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:20

Re-assembly is well underway in the Team Russia by Barwell Motorsport pits now too so that car may return to the action before long. The WEC Motorsport SEAT Leon is about to return to the ‘running’ part of the classification too, overtaking the excluded Mike Moss BMW.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:24

The Childrens Heart Foundation charity effort continues to run strong, sixth in class 4 and only four laps behind the #33 BMW diesel of Saxon Motorsport.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:26

It must be drying out, the MARC Cars Australia machine has stopped its headlong dive down the timing screens and is holding 14th overall, remarkably still the class 2 lead.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:26

Safety car is out again.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:28

This is the fifth safety car, the Volvo starting it’s eleventh lap of the race. The Simon Green Jaguar has just 19 laps until it is displaced by the V40.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:29

Welcome back to the pits to the Radical as a vehicle is snatched at Maggotts and Becketts.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:33

A flood of cars have come to the pits for their 25l of Sunoco.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:34

The safety car is in the pits.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:35

Sorry, its headed to the pits

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:36

Now we are green.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:37

And now we are not. The timing screen is struggling to decide

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:39

Consensus says the Radical is off. The safety car is still out.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:41

We are off again, for definate this time.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:42

Ok, the top three cars are all on the lead lap. MJC is 13 seconds clear of the Team LNT Ginetta which in turn is under strong attack from the Porsche of Marco Schelp.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:45

The Porsche has taken the LMP3 machine and is not hunting down the race leading Ferrari. The #8 Simpson Audi is also now ahead of the P3 car.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:46

And the Volvo safety car returns to the track.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:49

We are still looking for which car it is but we are awaiting both the Aston Martin Lagonda entry and the Carvell Jaguar.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:52

The Aston Martin Lagonda team are preparing for a car, as are the Beechdean, Speedworks, Bas Koeten, Cor Euser and MARC Cars Australia machines.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:54

WEC Motorsport’s team manager has been summoned to the race director to answer questions about the #58 BMW.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:56

Green flag.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:57

We seem to have deduced that it is the Carvell Motorsport Jaguar which is out of action on the track but the XF has yet to be returned to the pits.

Nick Smith April 25, 201523:59

Spinner at Brooklands, its the Witt Gamski Ferrari. The #14 Porsche leads.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:03

Welcome to Sunday. Your class leaders at the turn of the day are, Marco Schelp’s #14 Porsche leading overall and in class 1 while Beechdean AMR hold 5th overall and the class 3 lead. Class 2 is still the preserve of MARC Cars Australia, in 14th and thirteen laps down while the 8th placed SEAT of Bas Koehen Racing are in control in class 4. Class 5 is all about the #62 Red Camel SEAT.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:05

Reports of the Ginetta LMP3 stranded at the Vale, it has just a lap over the class 3 leading Aston Martin of Beechdean AMR.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:09

The Ginetta has just crossed the line, so either it was another car stuck or the Team LNT guys have talked the driver Gaetan Paletou though resetting the system.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:12

The Team LNT car isn’t very far off the pace so we can only assume that the problem has been solved.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:15

Team LNT are in the pits again.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:18

We are back into green flag pit stops now, the Team LNT machine is back out and the SICL.com SEAT is now receiving the team’s attention.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:20

A battle is developing for second overall with the Simpson Audi and the MJC Ferrari, (3rd and 4th respectively) within fifteen seconds of each other.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:25

The SICL.com SEAT is falling down the order a little. It has now dropped behind the JR Motorsport BMW and is headed towards the Aston Lagonda Vantage.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:30

Safety car is back out, thats number 8 for a car off at Copse.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:33

So, close fights in the field. Second and third, the Ferrari of MJC and the Audi of Simpson Motorsport are close together but with cars between them. The Beechdean/Speedworks battle has settled briefly but APO Sport’s Porsche is under close attack from the Koeten SEAT in 7th and 8th.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:34

All we need is the safety car back in and we are laughing.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:34

That will be happening this lap.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:37

The safety car is in now. We are green.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:38

The Audi is now ahead of the Ferrari, with the three overall podium spots all on the lead lap.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:41

The SICL.com SEAT is back into the pits, that nine times to the class leaders seven.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:42

And Topcats Racing have followed them in with the #15 Marcos.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:43

The Audi is now closing down the #14 Porsche in the lead of the race. The MJC Ferrari is doing all it can to keep up.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:46

The #50 SEAT now heads the #34 Porsche of APO Sport.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:46

Thats in the battle for 7th place overall.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:47

LNT have brought the Ginetta back to the pits again. Looks routine for the LMP3 car.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:47

Oh, no. Its going into the garage and will no doubt lose track position to the Beechdean Aston Martin.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:51

Beechdean are now a top 4 team. It wont be long until the Speedworks Aston does it to the Team LNT machine too.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:55

Speedworks have also now passed the Ginetta LMP3, the class 4 leader is next to overtake the factory Ginetta effort.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:56

Safety car is out again.

Nick Smith April 26, 201500:57

The second placed car now pits, as does the #61 BMW.

Nick Smith April 26, 201501:01

So we pass into the tenth hour under a safety car with the #14 Porsche leading class 1, the #35 Beechdean car in fourth and leading class 3. The Koeten SEAT leads class 4 from 7th with MARC Cars Australia in 15th, leading class 2. Red Camel head up class 5 from a remarkable 12th place.

Nick Smith April 26, 201501:03

And the usual run of pit callers come to the lane under yellow.

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:08

Safety car coming in this lap. Marco Schelp Porsche’s leads from the MJC Ferrari

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:09

Back to racing in the Dunlop 24 at Silverstone

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:11

The Corum Motorsport Chevron gets a 90 second penalty – our investigations suggest it may be because the car took on more 25litres in a single stop under the safety car.

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:24

Team manager of the APO Sport Porsche has been summoned up for a talk at race control

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:27

It’s quietened down a bit down, the lead three teams nicely spaced out

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:30

Marco Schelp’s Porsche leads, going away from MJC’s Ferrari, going away from the Simpson Motorsport Audi

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:32

The Porsche pits from the lead

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:34

the class three leading Beechdean Aston is also in the pits, giving up 4th overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:35

The Safety Car is back out on track

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:39

Reports say someone has gone into the tyre wall at Copse – potentially that’s not a small crash

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:40

The Porsche’s most recent stop has dropped it onto the same lap as the MJC Ferrari

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:45

It could be the APO Sport in the Copse barriers, but no confirmation is forthcoming

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:49

The APO Sport team were third in Class 4 after nine hours, eighth overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201501:56

This is a long safety car, as we said earlier Copse is not a place for a small crash

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:02

The safety car is set to come in this lap – just a tick up 14 hours to go

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:03

Green flag back out here at Silverstone

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:06

The Marco Schelp Porsche has a lead of a lap over the MJC Ferrari

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:15

The Team LNT Ginetta-Nissan – now 6th – comes into the pits

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:32

The Marco Schelp Porsche looks like it’s headed into retirment with a clutch related issue

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:32

So the MJC Ferrai is back in the lead….

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:33

It also moves the lead Class 3 car – that of Speedworks Motorsport – into third overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:33

And now the safety car is out once again

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:36

The MJC Ferrari comes into the pits only a few laps after their last stop, but this is probably a tactical move by the old Britcar stagers….

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:38

Just a quick safety car in this time – it’s coming in this lap

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:40

Team manager for MJC is being called to race control

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:42

Green flag back out

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:43

The Simpson Motorsport Audi is in the pits from second overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:46

Safety Car back out. Lots of things going bump in the night.

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:52

Safety car ready to come in – just over 13 hours to go.

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:54

The Green flag flies and the MJC Ferrari gets a drive through!

James Broomhead April 26, 201502:59

The #4 Ferrari’s penalty has been increased to a 30 second stop-go. The #91 MARC Focus gets the same penalty

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:00

That is penalty for – potentially – overtaking behind the safety car

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:06

The MJC car has maintained the lead, despite the penalty, with a 1 and 3/4 lap lead over the Audi

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:19

Team LNT’s recovery is well underway – they’re back onto the same lap as the Class 3 leading Astons, 4 laps off the overall lead

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:20

Of the two Astons Beechdean example is pulling away from the Speedworks rivals

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:25

The Red Camel SEAT of Class 5 is now in the top 10 overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:25

Only Class 2 – led by Topcats Racing’s Marcos in 15th – is not included in the top ten

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:29

The Ginetta now splits the C3 Astons in fourth overall. It’s about 20 seconds a lap quicker than them

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:34

The MJC Ferrari is in the pits from the lead

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:40

This a long stop for the Ferrari. It’s allowed the Audi onto the lead lap

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:42

And now the Audi takes the lead

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:42

And the Safety Car is out once again

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:46

The MJC Ferrari is back into the race with Rory Butcher at the wheel 

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:47

The Beechdean AMR Vantage GT4 has moved up to second, Team LNT are third. The Ferrari is back to 4th 

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:48

Now the Audi pits from the lead. Still under safety car

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:51

Our pit lane spy describes the MJC Ferrari making “very gearboxey” noises as it left the pits. Yes, we’re tired.

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:51

Safety Car is coming in this time around

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:53

The stops through the safety car period have elevated the Team LNT entry back into second overall

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:55

Green flag out again, four minutes short of the half way mark

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:57

The MJC Ferrari is back in the pits, being pushed down the lane by mashals

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:58

Team LNT are back in the lead!!! 

James Broomhead April 26, 201503:59

The Simpson Motorsport Audi remains in the pits

James Broomhead April 26, 201504:01

We’re over half way and onto the third installment of live blogging. Follow it here: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/04/2015-dunlop-24-silverstone-live-blog-part-iii/