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Mechanical Dramas Stop Good Result in Zolder 24 Hour Race

Despite very good pace and running right at the front during the early stages of the race, mechanical problems stop what could have been a good result in the Zolder 24.

 

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Mechanical Dramas Stop Good Result in Zolder 24 Hour Race Ben got a late call up by Andrew Beaumont and British team Topcats racing to drive a Mosler in the 24 hours of Zolder. Joining Andrew and Ben on driving duties was also Jamie Smyth and Pat Gormley, making it an all-British line up to take on a predominately Belgium field.

With a race as long as 24 hours, qualifying isnít a very important part of the weekend. So with that in mind, all the drivers through the various night and day sessions drove very carefully, off all the curbs, and without using new tyres. Despite that, Ben was able to do the 10th fastest time, knowing there was still plenty of pace left in the car.

The young Silverstone based driver started the race and it wasnít long before he was making his way up the order. Half way through his 1 ľ hour stint he was up to 4th and catching 3rd. By the time it came around to handing the car over to Pat, the number 44 Mosler had honed in on the Porsche in 3rd, and was lapping as fast as anyone out there. Pat then jumped in to do his stint and set good consistent fast times to still be well in contention when the next set of pitstops came around. Next up was Jamie, and again he settled in to a very good pace, before disaster struck. A mechanical problem forced the Topcats crew into action, but despite a great effort from the team, it proved to be terminal, and ended their race and any chances of success on the spot.

Ben was really disappointed afterwards. ď Itís just a real shame. We had excellent pace with all the drivers and I think we were as quick as anyone out there. Obviously a lot can happen in a 24 hour race, so you can never be sure of a good result, but we were right up there, so itís just really disappointing not to get to the finish. Itís no-ones fault, the team did fantastically to try and get us back out there, but it just wasnít to be. Itís such an unusual fault; it has probably never happened before and never will again. It was still good to run up the front and hopefully we can come back next year and try and make amends.Ē

 

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