The racing season has ended right? Wrong! This weekend comes with new challenges for me.
It’s a bit of a change from the open-wheel sprint racing that I have been doing over the last two years, but there is method in the madness. Myself being a bit of an old codger (well at least in motor racing terms) makes for a very unlikely chance of making the ranks of Indycar or F1. Open wheelers are fantastic for learning the tools of the trade, but sports cars provide a far more realistic prospect of sustaining a racing career. So now it’s time to make the jump.
So what is a Thunderhill 25hrs and what car will I be driving?
The race has made itself into a bit of a cult status amougnst the racing community in the USA. Held mainly in the dark, typically at freezing desert conditions and running for an hour longer than Le Mans or Daytona. It’s one very tricky race to get through. Both professional and amateur teams come to test their endurance. With it getting a good amount of media attention, I can this time direct you at some great articles and videos to explain a bit more:
Speedhunters has put together a great, concise blog with some stunning photos from the 2013 running.
There was also a documentary filmed that year which was broadcast on NBC. You can catch all 45 minutes of it on Youtube here
I will be running with the Speedtrixx Motorsports team alongside 3 other drivers, I’ve copied and pasted the press release below which mentions a bit about each of us. All I can say is that I am accompanied by some very fast, experienced and successful drivers which will put us in great position for the race:
Will Hunholz, Team Principal and Driver will return to the seat of the #18 Speedtrixx Porsche. “I personally believe we have put together the proper team to compete against some of the best teams at the 25.” Will has a long successful racing career and hopes to add a win at the Nasa 25 Hour to his driving resume.
Returning to the team is Chris Porritt. Driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 earlier this season saw Chris finish 2nd at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. Chris drove the Mustang last season with Speedtrixx and looks forward to competing in this year’s event.
Robin Shute comes to the team after a successful season in the Formula Car Challenge series. In 2014 Robin won each Formula Enterprise race leading up to the SCCA Runoffs, finishing 2nd. Robin looks forward to joining the Speedtrixx Motorsports team for this year’s 25 Hour.
Rounding out the driver lineup is former SCCA National Champion and RACER Magazine Club Racer of the Year Kyle Keenan. “I’m very excited to join the Speedtrixx Motorsports team for the 25 this year. After checking the team out and interacting with the crew, I’m very fortunate for the opportunity to drive the #18 Porsche.” said Kyle Keenan. “I cannot imagine a more perfect opportunity to round off an exceptional 2015 season.”
The car is a Porsche 911 997 GT3 cup car. That’s a mouthful isn’t it? It has over 400bhp, weighs in a little over 1100kg and has a 6 speed sequential ‘box with one of those really awesome metre long gear levers that any proper race car usually has. Basically it’s a beast!
Don’t take my word for it, watch Will pedal the car at Portland here
Qualifying is Friday night, the race starts 11am Saturday 5th December and finishes at noon on the 6th December.
Wish me luck!