Archie Hamilton’s #44 Faster Racing with DB Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 retired with just four hours remaining of the Total 24 hours of Spa this afternoon. The car suffered a suspected mechanical failure and crashed coming through Blanchimont towards the Bus Stop with team-mate Harrie Kolen at the wheel ending the race.
Having started the race mid-way down the 62 car field following an accident in qualifying, the team set out on the long journey of the many hours ahead. Lap after lap consistent lap times were achieved Archie’s first stint was a double of two hours in the dark, made worse by rain. He took over in 15th and handed the car back after the ninth hour third in class and lying tenth overall.
At 2.30 am time was lost with a pinched catch tank feeder pipe which was causing oil pressure issues. Archie drove his second stint, again in the dark but this time dry for another two hours just before dawn. The dry gave Archie the opportunity to show his true pace and consistency and again finished his stint in ninth place overall but this time second in the Pro-Am class.
During the morning the car had again lost a little ground but had recovered by noon at the twentieth hour to lie 9th overall and third in class. Shortly afterwards the accident occurred ending the race for the team.
“I’m devastated that we got so close to a podium finish but didn’t make it. It’s hard out there and there are just so many factors to winning. It would have been amazing to get a good result. The whole experience has been fantastic so this is obviously a big anti-climax but that’s all part of endurance racing. I’ve learnt a lot about endurance racing but I’ve also proved that I can be quick and consistent which is a small consolation. I feel a little closer to the Le mans win that I’m aiming for so now I need to look at what’s the best next step to that goal.”
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