AMOC Racing, Brands Hatch, 12 August 2017

At 8:30 the day already promised to be a good one. The clouds were losing their greyness. Soon after the sun was smiling upon Brands Hatch.
The open practice session provided an easy start to this action packed day. After that the rest of the morning was dedicated to qualifying sessions.
I spent the morning exploring the track, trying to find various viewpoints for my photos. Brands Hatch is one of the most accessible tracks in that respect. There are many places you can access and usually you can see about 75% of the track. For spectators without cameras it is even better as the mesh surrounding the track is less of an obstacle.

The track parade during the lunch break was simply magnificent. There were so many cars on the track the first ones were right behind the last ones. Compared to last year there were more newer models, but I certainly spotted a few less common cars.

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The first race of the day was the Pre-War Challenge. It’s one of my favourite races. With one Talbot and several Bentleys and Aston Martins – all built in the 1920s and 1930s – it was nothing short of epic. They used the handicap format for this race: the slowest car started first and the rest were released at different times. These times were calculated with the aim of having all seven cars battling it out at the end. That didn’t quite work out, but it was a spectacle nonetheless.

Next up was the AMOC Intermarque Championship. Very early on there was drama when the #44 and #144 Porsches came into contact. The whole grid was very close together so for the cars nearby this was a near miss. The Porsches ended up in the gravel with damage that looked quite severe. They had to be recovered, so for some laps the rest of the field had to follow the safety car. Both Porsche drivers had by then walked off together, both unharmed.

The single Aston Martin in this race (the #007 V8 Vantage) had been next to the #44 when the Porsche lost control. It seemingly got away unscathed, but did retire from the race later on. I do not know why.
This left the race to the remaining BMWs, Porsches and Ferraris. The race was won by #170 BMW Evo M3 which was clearly going very fast and finished with a 40 second lead.

The #007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage in iconic Gulf livery.
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The AMOC ’50s Sports Cars race was no less spectacular. The yellow Turner Sports (#27) gave the #18 Cooper Monaco good chase, but could eventually not keep up. In turn he found himself under threat from the #26 Cooper T39 Bobtail. The Turner had to come in for an unscheduled stop, but later rejoined the race. The entire race was a wonderful battle until the end in a field with gorgeous cars. The #18 won the race.

More drama happened in the Aston Martin GT Challenge. The #007 Vantage GT4 (known as James) had one car less in front of him due to the #71 Ferrari not making the start. The Ferrari had trouble during the green flag lap and only managed to join the race after a few slow laps and two visits to the pit lane. James had lost quite a few positions at the start and was pushing hard to regain these. However, mere moments before the pit stop window closed it ended up in the gravel, which ended his race.

The #169 Ginetta seemingly had a bit of a misunderstanding with the #71 Ferrari which caused the Ginetta to momentarily try a career as a lawnmower – unsuccessfully. After an unscheduled stop it rejoined the race.
The #199 Lotus Evora was happily going around the track, apparently oblivious to the all the drama and eventually lapped the entire field. It drove off into the distance to victory. Aston Martin team mates #12 and #24 fought over second position as true sibling rivalry, but the #12 car kept his brother at bay and won the second spot trophy.

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The last race of the day was the Innes Ireland Cup. Unfortunately I only caught bits of this race as I was on my way to leave the track, but it was certainly good enough to stop here and there to appreciate the track action. There were only a few cars in this race, all lovely examples. The #85 Lotus Elan was the fastest and therefore the winner.
This fifth race concluded yet another brilliant day organised by the Aston Martin Owners Club.
I’ve been to quite a few race meetings now and I will continue to go, because the racing is superb, the cars on track are gorgeous, awesome or both and the atmosphere is always relaxed and welcoming. Bring on Silverstone in September!

AMOC Racing, Snetterton, 8 July 2017

The sun was blazing over Snetterton yesterday, the sky a beautiful blue and white blanket over the track filled with a large variety of cars, old and new.
Since I have now attended a number of AMOC race meetings, I being to recognise some of the cars out there. It just makes it all a bit more familiar. The turnout this time was absolutely amazing. This was possibly the largest number of Aston Martins (racing and attending) I have seen, apart from the Spring Concours, of course.

A (presumably nearby) dealership brought in a ‘few’ Aston Martins for everyone to enjoy. Very cleverly, they also provided a marquee where you could ask about any of the cars for sale and a financial plan, if you require one. It was tempting…

This is the Aston Martin I really want, the DB11. I will keep on dreaming…
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The day was filled to the brim with track activity. Practice first thing in the morning, qualifying sessions immediately after, race 1 before lunch. The other 5 races were in the afternoon. It simply never stopped. Just how we like it, right?
The AMOC Intermarque Championship and GT Challenge were of course the main races, but the other races were certainly just as entertaining and enjoyable.

I have to admit that my favourite non-Aston race was the MRL Historic Touring Car Challenge. I have been car crazy since a very young age (approximately 4) and to see a few Ford Capris out on track absolutely made my day. The MKII Capri was my first car love and I still turn around in the car (only when I’m a passenger of course!) when I see one out and about. In addition there were some Rovers out there too. I remember a neighbour had a big Rover when I was about 8 and I loved it. Add a Mustang and an old Alfa Romeo and you have my attention. It was a wonderfully diverse grid with some astonishingly beautiful and well kept machines.

Another favourite is the 1954 Austin-Healy 100M, driven by Paul Kennelly. He races this car in the AMOC ’50s Sports Cars and it’s always a delight to watch. What a beauty!
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When you go to an AMOC race meeting you’d better skip lunch. Because lunch time is parade time!
I was lucky enough to be part of a parade as a passenger in a beautiful DB7 at Brands Hatch last year. There were about 70 cars on track that time. It seems there were more at Snetterton yesterday, but I honestly didn’t count them. They only got three laps, so I spent all my time enjoying the view and trying to photograph as many as I could.

I did just say that the Capris made my day, but the Capri is no longer my absolute favourite. Aston Martin has the largest part of my car loving heart.
One of the reasons I keep on attending AMOC race meetings is because of the DB4 Lightweight. I cannot express how much I love that car. For a long, long time the DB4 (series 1, I should add) was my favourite Aston Martin and this particular one is just that bit more beautiful.

A firm favourite: the DB4 Lightweight.
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Apart from all the wonderful cars, Aston Martins or otherwise, the races themselves are great fun to watch. I have said this before: it does not matter what level people are racing on, they take their racing seriously. It just makes it great for the spectators as well.
You can see a car lock under braking and the next time they come through the same corner they almost lose the car, just as if they did not already have a moment the lap before. These cars are all being pushed as hard as their drivers can push them.

There’s one more car I want to mention. I am not a big fan of the V8 Astons. Don’t dislike them, but their looks are just not my favourite. And then this one appeared:

The 1972 Aston Martin AMV8 driven by Simon Watts and Roberto Giordanelli.
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Now, is that car not absolutely stunning? I had never seen one of these as a race car before and I think it carries the racing look very well!

And this is another reason AMOC race meetings are the thing for me. In short: AMOC members bring their cars, the racing is amazing and some of the race cars are stunning. What more could you possibly want?

British GT, Silverstone, 10 and 11 June 2017

British GT at Silverstone is something a little bit special, because it is known as ‘Silverstone 500’. It’s a three hour race.
I think British GT is a great series anyway, but having a race this long on the agenda is a bonus. In addition the support races are quite good too!
The only thing you can never be sure of is the weather. And this year Silverstone decided on sunny with clouds and a lot of wind. So much wind that the commentators mentioned it as it affected the cars out on track.

The Aston Martin of the defending champions was having issues, which was reflected in their result.
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As usual I attended the whole weekend which allowed me to enjoy as much of the supporting races as possible. I had never witnessed a Caterham race before. It was a lot more exciting than I expected. To be honest, I’m not sure what I was expecting. However, seeing 4 cars fighting for the first spot at the very end of the race is more than you would expect from anything other than Blancpain. It was great to see and I ensured I caught another Caterham race the next day.

My favourite cars with faces – the Ginettas – were also having the time of their lives. The Ginettas did not only have their own series and races, they are also part of British GT itself.
Ginetta race cars are available for various classes, so in some cases they race with what one would consider the ‘big boys’ and definitely hold their own!
They may look cute…these are serious race cars and the races are quite something to watch!

Cars with faces…you can’t go wrong.
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For some reason they (whoever ‘they’ are) decided to do something weird this weekend. The result? A 1965 Routemaster (yes, that’s a double-decker bus) joined the British GT cars on track. Judging by the video from on board the bus it really was going about as fast as it could. Compared to the race cars it was seemingly standing still.
Regardless of reason, it was quite the sight and I do like the Routemasters. There’s always time for a laugh…

British GT itself had five Aston Martins on the grid. What a treat! Next to that there’s of course the Bentley Continentals and I never say no to a few McLarens or Lamborghinis out there.
The Aston Martin of Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston had power steering issues (as in: they lost it) and this was clearly reflected in the result. Derek Johnston started the race and spun on the first lap due to this issue. Defending the championship is not as easy as some people may think, especially with bad luck like this.

The 1965 Routemaster out on track.
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The race was exciting from start to finish, which did not come as a surprise to me. British GT is quite unpredictable. Especially in a longer race like this one anything can and will happen.
The Team Parker Racing Bentley took the first spot after a stellar drive, but it would be unfair to say that even the last car to cross the finish line didn’t try as hard as they could. This is hard racing, just three hours long.

Of course I should also mention that it was Supercar Sunday. I have to say that the organisers and I do not agree on the definition of supercar, but there were definitely some mighty fine cars on display. Lamborghinis and McLarens were rubbing proverbial shoulders with Maseratis, Aston Martins and Audis (of the R8 variety). Quite a few of these took to the track during the lunch break, providing some very nice sights for the public. Supercars or not…I was not complaining.

6 Hours of Silverstone 2017

You’d think that after last year’s snow I’d be able to prepare for pretty much anything Silverstone can throw at me. You’d be wrong.
It is surprising how cold it gets when it’s grey and windy for three days in a row. But of course that doesn’t stop a motorsport fan from being trackside most of the day every day of that three day weekend.

The #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche.
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With it being Easter weekend I expected a busier weekend than before. As it turned out there were 2,000 people less over the weekend, which could be due to Audi not being there this season.
It also felt less busy, probably because more grandstands had been opened. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see the action on track from various locations. I believe I went to almost every stand that was open throughout the weekend.

As always it’s a joy to be able to access both the WEC and the ELMS paddock whenever you want. The teams are approachable, so you can have a chat with your favourite drivers if you want. That’s an opportunity I never miss.

The Sunday pit walk was planned very early this time and the autograph session was moved to a later time and to the paddock. As a result the pit walk was extremely quiet. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it gives you the time and space to check out the cars in the garages. The autograph session was a bit messy, depending on which team you visited, but not as busy as I expected. There was still plenty of time to have a quick chat with the drivers and wish them luck for the upcoming race.

I also did the ELMS pit walk on Saturday. This also doesn’t attract that many people. So again, plenty of time and space to check out the cars and talk to some of the drivers.

Vaillante Rebellion’s #31 car which would end up in second position in class.
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Throughout the weekend the position lights on the LMP2 cars did not work, which meant we couldn’t really keep up with who was in what position in that class. That didn’t take away from the enjoyment of seeing them go. Apparently the new chassis in the LMP2 class meant that the cars were 6 seconds faster on average than last year. That’s a big difference!
As in LMP1 there has been some movement with teams leaving and, thankfully, LMP2 also sees some new teams this season.

Even though GTE Pro and Am are my favourite classes, I do enjoy the LMP classes as well. There’s always plenty to watch during a 6 hour race and this time was no difference.
It was interesting to see it took quite some time before the safety car was needed. Usually there seems to be more drama earlier on. But no safety car means more racing, so no complaints from me.

WEC provides some very close racing indeed!
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Unfortunately this was not a good race for Aston Martin Racing. The #95 had taken pole during qualifying, but both GTE Pro Astons ended up outside the podium positions. It seems they simply lacked the overall pace, even though it was never explained why this was the case. There have been speculations that the lower number of tyres allowed have an impact, but this has not been confirmed or denied.
This year sees the introduction of ‘automatic BoP’ (Balance of Performance). It will be very interesting to see what the consequences of that are for following races.

A closer look at a motorsport fan

The 2016 WEC season has just come to an end. The 6 hours of Bahrain was the last race and it finished about 90 minutes ago. My emotions are still all over the place.
Of course that is the perfect moment to write about how a motorsport fan feels when attending or watching races. (Note: not every fan will feel this way, this is me.)

I guess motorsport fans are no different to any fan of any other sport. Maybe we’re less violent/aggressive than some, but I assume we’re just as passionate about what we love. We buy the merchandise, we want our favourites to sign stuff (lots of it!), we want selfies, we have flags, we laugh, we cry, depending on the result of our favourite team/driver(s). And that can be strange to people who don’t share that passion.
“It’s just cars going around in circles.” That’s one I hear often enough. Well, for your information, most tracks are not circular. And there’s much more to it than that. However, you need to be interested in the technicalities behind it to appreciate that. The strategies, the cars and their technology, fun stuff like downforce, tyre degradation, how a full course yellow can influence the outcome; it all matters.

The #95 Aston Martin – the Dane Train – which has just won the GTE Pro class in the 6 hours of Bahrain resulting in the WEC GTE Pro drivers championship for Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen, here in action at the Nürburgring in July this year.
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Growing up I was very fond of cars and also interested in the technology, but I didn’t understand anything about racing. I just enjoyed watching the cars (F1, at the time) do their laps and listening to the noise. Only recently have I started following several series in earnest. Now I know a lot more!
This additional knowledge makes the whole thing a lot more enjoyable as well. Like the commentators (both on television and at the track) I am calculating where a team or a driver needs to end up in the race to gain a place or keep that first spot in the overall standings.
But with the enjoyment come all the other emotions: the disappointment when your team/driver doesn’t finish, the joy when they win, the elation when your favourite driver makes a fantastic move (yes, an overtake can be beautiful), the worry when someone crashes (which team is not important!). It is a rollercoaster.

I have thought long and hard about how I came to be an Aston Martin Racing fan. And I am not actually sure.
A long, long time ago I ended up loving Aston Martins, but that is no guarantee I would end up loving the team, which they didn’t even have at the time! Of course it did interest me when they started up a racing team again after a very long absence. And I guess it’s not strange at all to want to support the racing team associated with your favourite car brand. No surprises there.
But for some reason I got more into this, quite naturally.

The #97 Aston Martin in action at the Nürburgring in July 2016.
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For me the team comes first. I am an Aston Martin Racing fan first and foremost. But I do have my favourite car within the team (the #97) and within that a favourite driver (Darren Turner). And I cannot, for the life of me, explain why.
The team runs several cars and they are identical. So why did I pick the #97? No idea.
Explaining my preference for Darren Turner is a bit easier. He’s been in that car since they started using that number and I’ve even heard people refer to him as ‘Mr 97’. He is also very fast and that is how he got my attention. Voila! A fan is born.

Aston Martin Racing is active in WEC – World Endurance Racing – so that quickly became my favourite series. That is not only due to the fact that AMR races there, but also because I have had a love for the 24 hour race at Le Mans for a very long time.
AMR has three cars running in WEC currently, so I have one team to support in two classes (one car in GTE Am and two in GTE Pro). But there are two more classes, LMP1 and LMP2. Even though I like the LMP classes, GTE is by far my favourite. There is just something about those bulky monsters growling while chasing each other around the track. But I managed to get favourites in the LMP classes too: Audi in LMP1 and RGR Sport in LMP2.

The #43 car of RGR Sport in action at Silverstone, April 2016.
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Now how does that happen?
This is something you will hear from more motorsport fans. Because drivers tend to move between teams you get introduced to other series and teams. In the case of RGR Sport the interest comes from following the career of Bruno Senna. Thanks to him I now follow Formula E, Blancpain and RGR Sport in WEC.
This via-via system happens across the board. For example: Aston Martin Racing is also involved with customer and partner teams. And they race in series like British GT and Blancpain. Here we go, another series to add to the list! And these teams have different drivers, who sometimes race in yet other series. The list becomes virtually endless.

Before I forget: Audi gets my support because:
1. they are simply awesome in LMP1;
2. I just like the brand.
Recently they announced they will no longer race in WEC, so the race in Bahrain was their last one. A very sad moment.
And that brings me back to the emotional rollercoaster.
WEC is a very close-knit bunch. When Toyota almost won Le Mans this year everyone (and I mean everyone) was sympathetic. The other teams went to the Toyota box to show their support. The fans were practically unanimous in their outpour of support.
So next to the emotions I described earlier there is that strong sense of belonging. It doesn’t really matter who you support. You love the race, so you belong. There will be playful teasing, of course. But I’ve never seen it get vicious.

The #7 Audi at Silverstone, April 2016.
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Many motorsport fans will get up at what we call ‘stupid o’clock’ to watch that all important qualifying session and, obviously, the race – even if it starts at 3 AM in your timezone.
Le Mans, being the mother of all races, is not to be missed and I’m sure I’m not the only one who tries to not miss a second – and fails (people do need their sleep, apparently).
Being at the track itself is a bonus. The experience is direct, you can get to the paddock where you can do a spot of driver spotting or even get an autograph or photo. And there’s the atmosphere.
In 2015 I went to the 6 hours of Nürburgring on my own. I can tell you there weren’t many Aston Martin Racing fans around. Most people were wearing Porsche and Audi shirts. As I said above: it doesn’t matter. People were accepting, friendly and ready to share a laugh or have a chat. You simply belong.
I guess that is one of the things that makes me go back again and again, also online. You make new friends and you have something in common. All of a sudden those races become social events as well.

Additionally you get a chance to meet your favourite driver(s). If you’re lucky you can join the pit walk during which the signing sessions are held. Trust me, the banter between drivers and fans can be quite something. And no mistake, most drivers like this interaction! There are quite a few drivers in WEC alone who are very active online and love interacting with their fans. They ask questions, run competitions and tell their fans they love them lots.

At Nürburgring my best friend had her Aston Martin tattoo signed by all AMR drivers. The drivers thought it was pretty cool and the photographers were also quite curious (in the background).
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All these different experiences add to the passion.
So today Audi had their last WEC race (which they won), RGR Sport became second in the race and the overall standings in their first season, the #98 Aston Martin retired in a fairly spectecular and smoky fashion, the #97 Aston Martin lost a wheel and had to fight back to a descent position and the #95 Aston Martin won the race, resulting in their drivers winning the 2016 WEC GTE Pro drivers championship. I was a blubbering mess…
I’m not sure if everything in this piece actually explains why I shed happy tears (mainly), but I hope it does.
For now I will have a few months of peace until the team announcements and car unveilings start early 2017. Then the emotional rollercoaster starts again and I will be on it.

The #98 Aston Martin, often a winner in GTE Am, which had bad luck today. On this photo she is racing at Silverstone, April 2016.
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AMOC Racing, Silverstone, 1 October 2016

A few years ago, when I was still a member of AMOC (Aston Martin Owners Club), I was aware they organised races. Because I didn’t have a car, I never got to attend any of these race meetings. This year I’ve been to four of them. The last one of this year was at Silverstone and it was quite something.

In 2016 Silverstone has been ‘behaving’. I’ve been several times and we’ve seen snow, rain, wind, sun (too much of it) and more rain. On 1 October it was predominantly rain. It made the racing all the more exciting to watch. I can only imagine what that must be like from a driver’s perspective when you’re trying to keep your classic race car on the track.
Despite the weather the entire day was very enjoyable.

Tom Black’s Aston Martin GT4 during the Aston Martin GT Challenge.
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As was to be expected, it was not very busy. Only one grandstand was open (BRDC Grandstand) and it was not 100% filled. It is however a wonderful place to view a race from due to how much of the track you can see. Luffield corner is a spot where a lot happens normally anyway and this day was no exception.
Several classics did drift off the track, but thankfully most managed to save the car before it went into the gravel and rejoin the race. Often this resulted in applause from the grandstand.

The variety of cars on track is astounding. Of course there are Aston Martins, but this time there were a lot of MGs. The Intermarque Championship/GT Challenge saw the return of the Porsches and BMWs. The 50s Sports Cars race had several absolutely gorgeous Austins and Jaguars. For me the icing on the cake were the pre-war Astons: an Aston Martin Le Mans (1933), Aston Martin 15/98 2 seater (1937), Aston Martin New International (1932) and Aston Martin Ulster (1934). In that race there was one more pre-war car: a Bentley MK VI of 1948 which was unbelievably fast. The sound was a delight…I think I know where the current Bentley team gets their slogan (Bring The Thunder) from.

The Bentley MK VI (1948) driven by Michael Haig took victory in t he Pre-War race. We’d seen this car in the paddock, but on track it is a magnificent beast.
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During the lunch break some of the AMOC members took their Aston Martins to the track for a parade. I was lucky enough to be able (and allowed!) to go to the pit wall and watch them go by (camera in hand, of course).
Some of the boxes were open, so I wandered in here and there to snap a few photos of the cars. It was an amazing opportunity to see some of these classics up close.

The participants in the MG Acers/pre-War race are waiting in the rain for their race to start.
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It was once again a fun filled day with beautiful cars and a very relaxed atmosphere.
I have enjoyed the four race meetings I’ve been to so much I intend to go to as many as I can next year. So keep your eyes peeled for more beautiful Aston Martins of various ages in 2017.

Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Nürburgring (2016)

Only last year did I discover Blancpain and I am already hooked. So much so that I went back to the Nürburgring (second visit this year) to see the Endurance Cup finale.

If you follow this series you will know there is a very large number of cars on track. There is huge variation in cars and the action never stops. Additionally, the races are never predictable. Anything can happen and will happen, often in the last minutes.

Practice happens before all the action, early in the morning.
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I have a habit of arriving early at the track, but usually not before all the action starts. This time I had a hotel a few minutes walking away from the track, which meant I got there around 8 in the morning. I never realised the marshalls have practice time!
The safety car, medical car, etc. all head out on track while the marshalls go through all the options: yellow flag, safety car, red flag, etc.
During this weekend I also heard that the marshalls should be able to see to the marshall station before and after them. Due to very heavy fog on Sunday they most certainly could not. As a result Q1 and Q2 for Blancpain were cancelled. At times the fog was so heavy I could not see the track at all from stand T4 (which is at the end of the pit straight). Quite a contrast with Saturday when we had lovely weather.

Hugo de Sadeleer during the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC race on Sunday morning after the fog cleared.
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There are several supporting races during a Blancpain weekend. One of those is Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. They did manage to race on Sunday morning, but initially the cars almost completely disappeared in the mist. I believe the race was shortened due to the weather. It really was a strange weekend with sun, fog, overnight rain and a lot of wind. Of course that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it all less…

Another supporting race which I have mentioned before is the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Like Blancpain this series has a large grid. There were 40 cars in total. That’s 40 Lamborghini Huracans. That’s a lot of horsepower!
The Huracan just looks great as a race car and it’s mighty fast. With a field that large you’re guaranteed to have a lot to look at. I watched the Lamborghinis from T3 (which is along the pit straight) and saw a lot of very close racing. Roughly translated that means the drivers tried to fit as many cars through that one hairpin as they possibly could (or couldn’t, as the case may be).
Just imagine a number of Huracans speeding down the pit straight as fast as they can, then braking hard trying to prepare for that sharp corner, but then four or five simultaneously. It just doesn’t fit and some had to pick something other than the ideal racing line.

The Lamborghini Huracan of Leipert Motorsport.
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Being at the track for the entire weekend means I could admire all that horsepower, regardless which series they appeared in, for two full days. Unfortunately I also saw the #7 Bentley crash at the end of the pit straight during practice. It was a sickening, very loud thud. The moment the marshalls started to cover the scene your heart sinks. Thankfully Steven Kane, who was driving at the time, was declared fit shortly after. Even better: Bentley had been running some tests in Spain and “commandeered” a car which arrived on time to race on Sunday.

The Aston Martin of Oman Racing
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Of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention Aston Martin.
There is only one participating in Blancpain this year – Oman Racing. After putting the car on 6th position (overall, first in class) during qualifying they were unceremoniously pushed off track shortly after the start (that damned hairpin again!) and spent the rest of the race trying to catch up. It was a tall order and they never got close to a class podium. But hey, that’s racing!
I still thoroughly enjoyed watching the Aston chasing the other cars in its class. I was lucky enough to see a few beautiful overtakes (not only by the Aston, mind you), so there was enough to keep me happy.

The #23 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 exiting a corner.
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Like the previous races, whether I was there at the track or watching them on television, this race had it all: close racing, some scraps, cars breaking down, teams having to catch up. Non-stop excitement for three hours. Unfortunately that was it for this year. Rest assured, I will be back to witness another year of Blancpain Endurance in 2017.