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Racing

Thruxton Sept 2004

The very first race for our M3 CSL in the Britcar EERC endurance series, and what a place for a debut! Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK and one of the only places where testing is virtually impossible. Piloting the car for the debut was car owner Tony Rodriguez with Formula Ford ace, Ed Moore. We had a little advantage in that Ed regularly instructs at Thruxton, but this did not compensate for the fact that not only had Tony not driven at Thruxton, but this was also his very first race! The press could not disguise their humour at our audacity! To turn up at one of the fastest series in the country with a road car, one driver with NO race experience at all and the other with no saloon driving or endurance experience. Needless to say, we were heavy underdogs and generally sniggered at as fellow competitors wandered along the pitlane. Still, we were determined to do our very best. The car was originally Tony's CSL road car, and had covered 15k miles mostly on various trackdays around Europe. The car had not missed a beat and had been put into racing service very quickly! Very few changes had been made to the car. These consisted of a roll cage, slick tyres on 18 inch BBS rims, AP brakes all round, a Supersprint full exhaust system, Recaro SPG seats, Luke harnesses and the mandatory safety and fuelling equipment. Both the aircon and stereo were still in place! The car weighed in at over 1300kgs with around 370bhp. The weather was nice and dry and Ed did a superb job to qualify the car in 11th place with a lap time of 1:26.073 which was 4th in class. Ed started the car well, but unfortunately after 24 laps, disaster struck. A spark plug failed causing the BMW stock ECU to go into limp home mode! Unlucky, but looking forward to the next round at Silverstone! Best overall lap for us was 1:25.124

 

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