Thursday 13 January 2011

24 Hours with an Aston Martin.

One of the great things about motorsport in the UK is the vast variety of events from the small to the huge. They don't get much bigger than one of the country's biggest challenges - The Silverstone 24 Hour race. One of only two 24 hour races in the UK (The other being at Snetterton for Citro├źn 2CVs, which just goes to neatly illustrate the rich variety of racing!) The event run by James Tucker's Britcar organisation has fast become established as a "Must Do" event for sports and saloon racers around the country. Next year it will become one of the events in the newly established British Endurance Championship (see the November 2010 edition of Overdrive) and certainly become the new championship's blue ribbon event.

One of the many teams competing in last year's event were Nicholas Mee Racing and Overdrive has been sent a video of their trials and tribulations by Sarah Bennett-Baggs, one of the team's drivers competing in their Aston Martin Vantage GT4. NMR eventually finished the weather disrupted race 22nd out of 52 finishers with a respectable score of 500 laps, despite an excursion into the gravel trap and a lengthy pit stop for repairs afterwards on Sunday Morning. This beautifully shot film gives a great insight into what goes on trackside at a major endurance race.

Silverstone Britcar 24 Hour Race - 1st-3rd October 2010 from Sorted Media Productions on Vimeo.

Video courtesy of Sarah Bennett-Baggs, Nicholas Mee Racing, and Sorted Media Productions


  1. Weather is never a disruption during a 24hr race, it just adds to the challenge! Great video, very evocative.

  2. That's very true Paul - I will have to try and remember that next time I'm sat out on a marshal post in the pouring rain in the middle of the night!