SECOND IN CLASS FOR HILLSPEED IN SPA 25 HOUR RACE
Hillspeed celebrated a fantastic podium result during the world’s longest motor race, the Fun Cup Spa 25 Hours, at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium over the weekend, 13th/14th July, after taking second in class in the endurance racing spectacular.
Running in the ‘Be Trophy Evo 1’ class, for petrol-engined Volkswagen-powered cars, the British squad delivered an outstanding performance to also take the chequered flag in the overall top 10 after completing a total of 409 laps.
Fielding an impressive five-strong driver line-up, the Hillspeed entry comprised the team’s BRDC Formula 4 Championship race winner Struan Moore, his father Ian and experienced endurance racing trio Lee Atkins, James Walker and Tim Sugden – the latter contesting his first race since 2011.
Beginning at 15.30, local time, on Saturday afternoon, the Fun Cup Spa 25 Hours went as smoothly as could be expected for the Derbyshire outfit and after more than a day of non-stop racing around the clock, Hillspeed enjoyed a richly deserved champagne celebration on the famous Spa podium.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a much better result on our debut in the Spa 25 Hours”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Finishing second in class was a fantastic achievement, everyone in the team worked so hard – completing such a long, demanding endurance race with a podium finish is unbelievably satisfying.
“Working with two drivers as quick and experienced as Tim and James was a real treat, and Struan, Ian and Lee all did a great job too. It’s certainly given Hillspeed a taste for more endurance racing in the future, it really was a great event.”
Hillspeed’s next track action will be over the weekend 27th/28th July at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.