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So….. That was our first real endurance race ever. After 9 hours we blew up our engine what also meant that the race was over. Stefan Coppens was able to bring the car back to the pits but the crew chief immediately saw the damage was not repairable.

The first few ours were almost perfect. Timo Verhoest and Stefan Coppens managed to get the car in P6 without any damage but during Timo’s third stint hell broke loose when the server went down. We’ve waited for about an hour before the race could continue. Due some hectic and minor faults by the organization we lost 6 places and a few laps at the restart. Not the best way to restart but at least we were running again. Timo did a magnificent job in this short 50 minute stint and was able to overtake 4 cars and was in P8 at the moment that third driver Phil Widdowson took over. His first stint was a bit messy at the start but he did a steady job and kept the car in the top 10.

Phil Widdowson “My first stint was really bad… jelly legs (presumably from limited actual racing) coupled with FPS drops and lag going up as I got closer to the back of cars meant I was all over the place… missing a lot of gear shifts and 3 foolish spins. Second stint went much better, not hugely brilliant as I still had the FPS drops and carry-over jelly legs, but I was able to drop in a few 2:23s and overall was pretty happy with it – managed to keep the car in one piece, despite a few hairy moments.”

After the double stint of Phil it was again Stefan Coppens in the car for another double stint. He managed to get two places back due crashes and mistakes by the other teams. But just before the end of his double stint the engine blew up. It was unrepairable unfortunately. The race ended even before the half way point and before Jasper Groeneweg and Lars Moldenhauwer could do their laps in the car.

Still we are very proud about what we achieved and this only makes us stronger! We’ve got our taste of proper endurance racing and we will be back in about two weeks for the first NEO Endurace race at Sebring International Raceway.

Last but not least we would like to thank Will and the whole Racespot team for this event. Hopefully this isn’t their last 24 hours race.

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We’ve waited very long for it but it seems that we finally get our promised drivers swaps functionality in the new iRacing build next week. With this functionality it’s possible to share one car with multiple drivers what gives us to opportunity to do some proper endurance racing.

As announced a few weeks ago we enter two cars in the NEO 6 hours endurance series starting mid November but why not go one step further an do a 24 Hours race? Racesport TV will organize the first 24 hours race for iRacing ever at the famous Spa circuit and we will enter one Ford GT for what is going to be an epic event.

Racespot TV:  “Spa Francorchamps is known as one of the toughest racetracks in the world. The corner names roll of the tongues, and winners of a race at Spa know that they have achieved a feat many will attempt in their lives, but few will succeed. What better place therefore to host a 24 hour race to welcome in all 24 hour races to follow, than the 4.5 mile ribbon of asphalt set in the Ardene mountains.

With little to no sleep for our 5 drivers this will be one of our toughest races and although we want to end up as high as possible finishing will be already a huge achievement.

Driver line-up:

– Jasper Groeneweg (NL)
– Lars Moldenhauwer (DE)
– Phil Widdowson (UK)
– Stefan Coppens (NL)
– Timo Verhoest (BE)

Qualifications take place this weekend and the race itself starts on November 1st at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET). The whole race will be live on Racespot TV with Will Vincent and Oskar Hardwick as commentators. The race is not only tough for the drivers but also for the commentators of this marathon broadcast. To chear them up you can donate to one of their charities.

Wil: Alzheimer’s association
Oscar: Action For M.E.