Joe Osborne made Blancpain Endurance Championship history at last weekend’s Nürburgring 1000km, with the Brit becoming the first driver to drive two cars in the same race.
Osborne started the race in the PRO-AM MP Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage, with the 25-year-old moving up to eighth from 21st on the grid at the two hour mark before handing over to MP Motorsport team mate Richard Abra.
“I was really happy with my stint,” said Osborne. “It was chaos out there, but I avoided the spinners and the contact and got to a point where I got traction and could make up places. We were on the front foot from then on and Richard did a good job and pulled us up a bit further and took the fight to the other Pro-Am boys.”
Osborne then nipped down the pit lane to the Oman Racing Team pits, with the BRDC SuperStar replacing the ill Stephen Jelly in the PRO car alongside Michael Caine and Ahmad Al Harthy. By then the race had gone downhill for the Motorbase Performance led team, with contact in the early stages dropping their Aston down to 32nd come the race end.
“Motorbase required a third driver to be able to race,” Osborne continued. “David approached me and asked if I would be able to drive the car and to check with my team. Yep, that was fine, and that was literally it. I did the opening two hours in the MP Motorsport Aston, had a break, then took my seat pad with me, jumped in their car and did best part of two hours in it.
“It’s really cool to be the first to do that. I get on with David Bartrum and despite never having raced for him; I’ve always respected him. That’s the good thing about GT3; there are always opportunities to drive – sometimes in the same weekend! There was no contract, just a mutual understanding that I would respect the car and do a good job. To be fair to SRO, I’m surprised they let me do it; it’s obviously really good they did though and great to help Aston Martin Racing have another car on the grid.”