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Five Hours Down, Seven To Go at Silverstone

9th March 2018 • Ruth Harrison-Davies

Five hours into the 12 Hours of Silverstone and the two Ginetta G58s have been parked up for the evening. The Ginetta duo remain in Parc Ferme conditions until the final seven hours of racing get underway tomorrow morning.

After qualifying first and fourth, the Ginettas were running first and second by the end of the first half hour Mike Simpson lead proceedings in the #4 Simpson Motorsport car from his stable mate Andreas Laskaratos in the #6 G58.

As the action approached hour two, the rain slowly started to fall and both cars opted to make their first pit stop and driver changes. Having retained its lead over the opening 120 minutes, Mike Simpson handed over to Steve Tandy whilst in the #6 machine, Laskaratos handed control over to Neale Muston.

As rainfall got heavier, conditions worsened and the #6 car took a trip across the grass. Fearing some damage to the car, Muston pitted and the Simpson Motorsport crew went to work. Another heroic effort by the team saw the car checked over and returned to full working order, before Laskaratos headed back out for the final 25 minutes of the session, albeit well down the order.

The sister car saw Mike Simpson back behind the wheel in the treacherous conditions at the start of hour four. The #4 car had dropped to fourth position, but due to the standing water around the track – and the plethora of code 60’s – he was unable to make further progress up the order before the first part of the race came to a close.

Part two of the race gets underway at 10:30 tomorrow, the same time as the main 24 Hour race gets underway. So we'll essentially have two races running at once, which is a bit different.

You can follow all the action live via the Creventic 24H Series website. We’ll bring you all the news from the race when we resume normal service on Monday morning.