Double Podium in Dijon

We travelled to Dijon for the Peter Auto Grand Prix De L’Age D’or and the second round of the 2.0L Cup. The competiton at the first round at Spa was fierce and just 0.5 seconds sepreating the top 5 cars in qualifying. It was set to an exciting weekend on track.

The weather in the build up was dismal and torrential rain washed out the circuit.  Come practice though the sun was shining and our cars ran well with a trouble free session and ended up P2 and P6.

About an hour before qualifying the heavens opened again and the circuit was very wet. With the heat and the sun it began to dry but was still wet in places when the session started. All cars went out on what looked like a drying track but with big dark clouds looming over, no one knew what was going to happen. That meant everyone had to get a good lap in early on in case it rained again. In the end the rain never came and as the track dried everyone was getting quicker. At the end of the session Olly Bryant timed his last lap perfectly and put the 64 car on pole and Martin O’Connell qualified the 167 car P6.

At the start of the race Olly got a great start and began to work on gradually pulling out a lead. Martin in the 167 car got an amzing start and went from P6 to P3. He was enganged in a great battle with Phil Hindley in 4th place. Eventually Phil got past leaving Martin 4th. At the halfway stage and the pitstops Olly came in to hand over to Andrew Smith (fresh from his 850km drive from Modena, and arrivng just before the start of the race). Andrew went out and was on the pace from the word go and continued to build a gap to 2nd place. Martin came in for his pitstop and rejoined to race. Once everything settled down Martin was stiull running P4 but with P5 only 0.5 seconds behind. With a car dropping out in front of Martin he was now running P3 with half an hour to go and a car 0.5 seconds behind. Martin drove superbly and held on to the 3rd place.

An amazing drive by all and huge effort from the entrie team all weekend earned us a superb first double podium for the team.

Now on to Le Mans Classic.