Le Mans Classic - 07.07.2012

With the 24 hours 3 weeks previously in the back of everyone's minds everyone's focus switched to the Le Mans Classic held on the famous La Sarthe circuit and catering for cars between 1923 & 1979 across 6 grids. Over a 24 Hour period each grid gets 3 45minute races with the result on aggregate across the three.


Roger featured in both grids 3 & 4 sharing with 5 times Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro.


In grid 3 the duo shared the ex Graham Hill, Team Lotus, Lotus 15 Climax. Up against fierce competition in the form of Aston Martin DBR1's, Ferrari SWB's and Jaguar D-Type's the pair stormed to an overall victory across the three races.


For grid 4 it was the battle of the Ford GT40's with Roger and Emanuele driving the ex Peter Sutcliffe P/1009. In race one, driving solo Emanuele won a very wet encounter by a fantastic margin of 34 seconds from Martin Stretton and Diego Ferraro in a similar car. For the 2nd race in the middle of the night Roger took the start. Having been on and off rain for the whole day both Roger and Ferraro were caught out at the 1st chicane on the Mulsanne straight and both went into the gravel. Ferraro retired on the spot but Roger managed to extract the car from gravel. Despite finishing the race the car developed an engine issue having been sat hot in the gravel for so long and the decision was taken not to run the car in the final race of the weekend.


Of the weekend, Roger commented: "To come back here after the 24 hours and take an overall win is just fantastic. We were 2nd here two years ago and its nice to have gone one better this year! It was frustrating not to finish with the GT40 but you have to take the rough with the smooth and we will be back in two years time to try and finish off the job with that car!"


Elsewhere during the course of the weekend, Joe Twyman & James Turner won the Index of Performance in grid 3 driving Roger's Lotus Elite creating a "perfect score" for the Twyman Racing Team who run the cars.


Photographs courtesy of Tim Scott- Fluid Images



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