Spa 6hours – Race update
Tech 9 entered a 1965 2.0 911 into the famous Historic Motorsport event, the Spa 6 hours endurance race last weekend 18th – 20th September 2014
Held at the World Famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, the huge 100+ car entry is one of the highlights of the Classic Motorsport Season. A mix of iconic classic machinery sees Ford GT40’s, Jaguar E-Types, Aston Martin’s, Ferrari’s, Ford Mustangs and Falcons, Healey’s, TVR’s, Lotus etc. to form an incredible sight and sound.
This event marked the start of a campaign in the world of historic motor racing with a 1965 911, which Tech 9 will campaign on a regular basis in the future. Driven by Graeme Langford and Phil Hindley, Tech 9 team boss highlights their achievement:-
‘We have been working towards entering the historic scene, to showcase our preparation and engineering skills in a very competitive arena, in fact for this event, our aim was high. One of the toughest most gruelling events of the year is a great place to start. The car is new to us, and although it has a long standing competition history, having spent many years as a rally car, this is its first outing as a circuit racer. Our objection was clear – to achieve a race finish, and collect data and experience to build upon for the future. We excelled our forecast, and actually were pretty unlucky not to score a podium finish in our first event.’
The crew had pace and reliability throughout the weekend, through the test and qualifying sessions. Strong stints from the drivers during the race saw the car run as high as P19 overall and a potential P3 in class, but at just over four hours into the race, inclement conditions with a torrential rainstorm damaged the electrical circuit to the lights. A lengthy pit-stop to repair the lights cost the crew three laps. Still, a result of P10 in class (31 entries) and P29 overall gives great encouragement for the future.
Summing up the weekend, Phil quotes ‘We will return – Faster and Wiser !’