Winton 6 Hour Relay 2012

It’s been a busy couple of weeks of motorsport.  I didn’t plan to compete in this year’s Winton 6-Hour, but Bruno convinced me to enter in one of the Maranello Pur Sang customer teams.  At the last minute I got switched into an experienced team ‘Maschi di Alfa’ to replace a driver who could not compete.  These guys were taking it seriously, and were quite experienced at the relay having won it in the past.

I went out in the morning for my planned stint – 90 minutes behind the wheel. I had a mixed bag – a few bonus laps and a few penalty laps, in amongst two safety car periods. Not so bad, but nothing to be proud of. I was basically ready to pack up my car just after lunch and watch my team complete the rest of the event, and then one of my team-mates spun an engine bearing and another was having electrical issues. Quick refuel and back on stand-by to do another session in the afternoon. Ended up doing another 40 minutes, straight out into another safety car session as the safety crew recovered a burning (!) sports car. I got a couple more bonuses and breaks in that final session.  It was quite a thrill to cross over the finish line at the end of what is a massive endurance event for club level cars.  Going back over our hand-recorded timing, we weren’t excited and were all thinking we’d be mid-field at best when the official results were announced.

Turns out we did okay! We were the best-ranked Alfa club team, and this year that means we received the inaugural Tony Hawker Trophy. Tony was a friend and long time club member who died earlier this year – he was a great competitor in relay races and tarmac rallies. It is a great honour to have brought home this trophy. We came 9th overall, which is great considering the problems we had.
Congratulations to the team, and thanks to everyone who helped out.  Glad I could fill-in at the last minute, and good luck for next year!

Author: Evan

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