Archie Hamilton (22, Basingstoke) took a first podium with the Drivex team and his claimed his first GTS trophy. Having qualified on pole, Archie’s team-mate Niccolò Schirò started the race from the lead and when Archie took over at the hallway point of the 70 minute race the team remained in the lead. A safety car period bunched the pack and on the restart Archie felt a loss of power and lost first and second places. Shortly afterwards Archie was aware of smoke and heat in the cockpit and managed to safely pull off the track and get out of the car which was engulfed by flames. The race was red-flagged and on the count-back rule Archie and Niccolò were classified in third place although an error led to them not being on the podium for the presentation and Archie received his trophy later.
As the car was too badly damaged for the second race, Archie’s next time out on a race track is for the Le Mans 24 Hours. He will be on track from Wednesday 19th June when practice and qualifying begin with the race starting at 3pm local time on Saturday 22nd June. Archie talked to the BBC about his forthcoming race and can be seen here.
“Obviously this could have been a much better weekend. I’m pleased with a podium but it’s gutting to know that we would have won without the fire. The car was going really well and we had both done a good job. The fire itself was really scary and I’m just sorry that the team didn’t see me get out and had a worrying time. I felt a bit faint because of the smoke but was checked out and I’m fine now.
“My focus returns to Le Mans and the Oreca and I’m looking forward to getting in plenty of practice including racing at night.”