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.
We’re at Silverstone for the Dunlop 24 where it’s wet, but we’re racing towards midnight.
Team LNT’s Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 leads by nearly two laps from Simpson Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS
The Ginetta comes into the pits – this is not on schedule.
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.
Meanwhile the Team Russia by Barwell Motorsport boys get to work on their MARC Ford Focus V8.
Team LNT is out of the pits now, only a lap ahead of the delayed Marco Schelp Porsche.
LNT are back in the pits. Is the LMP3 now showing some fragility?
And Charlie Robertson takes the erstwhile leader back out of the pits. They have held on to third though.
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.
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.
Radical are in the pits with the RXC, that is pit stop no.7.
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.
The MJC Ferrari has taken the lead in the stops.
Safety Car is back out. What’s going on….?
The SICL.com crew are straight into the pits from 2nd in C4
The safety car is about to out-classify the Rollcentre Racing BMW which officially retired in the first hour of the race.
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.
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.
The Gamski Ferrari is back in the pits too.
The Ginetta-Nissan of Team LNT is now on the same lap as second place and chasing hard.
In other battles Beechdean and Speedworks have resumed their ding-dong where they left off. 10.213 seconds separate the class 3 battle.
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.
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.
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.
Safety car is out again.
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.
Welcome back to the pits to the Radical as a vehicle is snatched at Maggotts and Becketts.
A flood of cars have come to the pits for their 25l of Sunoco.
The safety car is in the pits.
Sorry, its headed to the pits
Now we are green.
And now we are not. The timing screen is struggling to decide
Consensus says the Radical is off. The safety car is still out.
We are off again, for definate this time.
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.
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.
And the Volvo safety car returns to the track.
We are still looking for which car it is but we are awaiting both the Aston Martin Lagonda entry and the Carvell Jaguar.
The Aston Martin Lagonda team are preparing for a car, as are the Beechdean, Speedworks, Bas Koeten, Cor Euser and MARC Cars Australia machines.
WEC Motorsport’s team manager has been summoned to the race director to answer questions about the #58 BMW.
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.
Spinner at Brooklands, its the Witt Gamski Ferrari. The #14 Porsche leads.
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.
Reports of the Ginetta LMP3 stranded at the Vale, it has just a lap over the class 3 leading Aston Martin of Beechdean AMR.
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.
The Team LNT car isn’t very far off the pace so we can only assume that the problem has been solved.
Team LNT are in the pits again.
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.
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.
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.
Safety car is back out, thats number 8 for a car off at Copse.
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.
All we need is the safety car back in and we are laughing.
That will be happening this lap.
The safety car is in now. We are green.
The Audi is now ahead of the Ferrari, with the three overall podium spots all on the lead lap.
The SICL.com SEAT is back into the pits, that nine times to the class leaders seven.
And Topcats Racing have followed them in with the #15 Marcos.
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.
The #50 SEAT now heads the #34 Porsche of APO Sport.
Thats in the battle for 7th place overall.
LNT have brought the Ginetta back to the pits again. Looks routine for the LMP3 car.
Oh, no. Its going into the garage and will no doubt lose track position to the Beechdean Aston Martin.
Beechdean are now a top 4 team. It wont be long until the Speedworks Aston does it to the Team LNT machine too.
Speedworks have also now passed the Ginetta LMP3, the class 4 leader is next to overtake the factory Ginetta effort.
Safety car is out again.
The second placed car now pits, as does the #61 BMW.
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.
And the usual run of pit callers come to the lane under yellow.
Safety car coming in this lap. Marco Schelp Porsche’s leads from the MJC Ferrari
Back to racing in the Dunlop 24 at Silverstone
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.
Team manager of the APO Sport Porsche has been summoned up for a talk at race control
It’s quietened down a bit down, the lead three teams nicely spaced out
Marco Schelp’s Porsche leads, going away from MJC’s Ferrari, going away from the Simpson Motorsport Audi
The Porsche pits from the lead
the class three leading Beechdean Aston is also in the pits, giving up 4th overall
The Safety Car is back out on track
Reports say someone has gone into the tyre wall at Copse – potentially that’s not a small crash
The Porsche’s most recent stop has dropped it onto the same lap as the MJC Ferrari
It could be the APO Sport in the Copse barriers, but no confirmation is forthcoming
The APO Sport team were third in Class 4 after nine hours, eighth overall
This is a long safety car, as we said earlier Copse is not a place for a small crash
The safety car is set to come in this lap – just a tick up 14 hours to go
Green flag back out here at Silverstone
The Marco Schelp Porsche has a lead of a lap over the MJC Ferrari
The Team LNT Ginetta-Nissan – now 6th – comes into the pits
The Marco Schelp Porsche looks like it’s headed into retirment with a clutch related issue
So the MJC Ferrai is back in the lead….
It also moves the lead Class 3 car – that of Speedworks Motorsport – into third overall
And now the safety car is out once again
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….
Just a quick safety car in this time – it’s coming in this lap
Team manager for MJC is being called to race control
Green flag back out
The Simpson Motorsport Audi is in the pits from second overall
Safety Car back out. Lots of things going bump in the night.
Safety car ready to come in – just over 13 hours to go.
The Green flag flies and the MJC Ferrari gets a drive through!
The #4 Ferrari’s penalty has been increased to a 30 second stop-go. The #91 MARC Focus gets the same penalty
That is penalty for – potentially – overtaking behind the safety car
The MJC car has maintained the lead, despite the penalty, with a 1 and 3/4 lap lead over the Audi
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
Of the two Astons Beechdean example is pulling away from the Speedworks rivals
The Red Camel SEAT of Class 5 is now in the top 10 overall
Only Class 2 – led by Topcats Racing’s Marcos in 15th – is not included in the top ten
The Ginetta now splits the C3 Astons in fourth overall. It’s about 20 seconds a lap quicker than them
The MJC Ferrari is in the pits from the lead
This a long stop for the Ferrari. It’s allowed the Audi onto the lead lap
And now the Audi takes the lead
And the Safety Car is out once again
The MJC Ferrari is back into the race with Rory Butcher at the wheel
The Beechdean AMR Vantage GT4 has moved up to second, Team LNT are third. The Ferrari is back to 4th
Now the Audi pits from the lead. Still under safety car
Our pit lane spy describes the MJC Ferrari making “very gearboxey” noises as it left the pits. Yes, we’re tired.
Safety Car is coming in this time around
The stops through the safety car period have elevated the Team LNT entry back into second overall
Green flag out again, four minutes short of the half way mark
The MJC Ferrari is back in the pits, being pushed down the lane by mashals
Team LNT are back in the lead!!!
The Simpson Motorsport Audi remains in the pits
We’re over half way and onto the third installment of live blogging. Follow it here: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/04/2015-dunlop-24-silverstone-live-blog-part-iii/