It’s frightening to consider that we’re already midway through December which 2016 has become creating any close. As excited like me for 2017 and just what it holds for racing, there is one further event I desired to go to before packing my some misconception for that off-season.
The NASA 25 Hrs of Thunderhill is among the last major sports vehicle races of the season and try to offers an exciting spectacle. But unlike years past where we’ve come up with general coverage from the event, this season we made the decision to shadow the CLP Motorsports team through the full night and day of racing. You might keep in mind that we did an identical factor once they tackled the SCORE San Felipe 250 race in Baja, Mexico, in Feb.
SCCA and NASA racing is what’s CLP is better noted for though, as well as in last year’s 25 Hrs of Thunderhill they introduced their Elan/NASA NP01 the place to find victory within the Prototype (NP01) class. For 2016, they made the decision to mix things up a little and enter the ES class, which essentially suits GT3 machines.
Their weapon of preference would be a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo, that was initially created to handle 45-minute sprint races. Why are they going to choose this of cars? Well, it’s a previously fast vehicle which has the advantage of all-wheel drive, as well as in a race such as the 25 Hrs of Thunderhill, changeable weather conditions are always something that should be taken into account.
CLP’s greatest competition could be from the Toyo Tires-backed Flying Lizard Motorsports team, which won the general race this past year within their Audi R8 LMS Ultra. To really make it much more exciting, the people at Flying Lizard introduced out a 997 Porsche GT3 RSR for any two-vehicle assault around the event.
Understanding that this race would be considered a tough someone to conquer, CLP put together a rockstar listing of motorists. The vehicle could be piloted by Tyler McQuarrie, Tanner Foust, Tom Dyer, Marc Miller, and CLP boss Pat O’Keefe.
One problem they needed to deal with prior to the race had even begun was that it is vehicle exceeded NASA’s noise emission standards. A fix came by means of a Frankenstein-esque exhaust to assist bring the decibels lower a notch.
Jumping to race day, it had been made the decision that Tyler would drive the very first stint because he had probably the most experience around the 25 Hrs of Thunderhill track. A powerful begin with they would certainly assist in setting a pleasant tempo for that race.
They hadn’t done any kind of extended testing using the vehicle before the race, there were a couple of unknowns as Tyler started from fifth place around the grid.
Immediately, there is good quality jostling for position using the Flying Lizard cars, which based on Tyler made the very first hrs from the race probably the most exciting.
Lap after lap the Lamborghini was running strong, however a problem made an appearance. The brake pads were putting on out quicker than anybody had expected.
That meant the initial plan to do two pad swaps throughout the race would ultimately be extended to 3.
Following a quick driver change and also the first brake pad exchange, the vehicle was out within the thick from it.
Right now within the mid-day the sun’s rays had began its downward trajectory. During the cold months several weeks, the sunsets within California are as soon as 4:30pm, that is pretty early as compared to the summer time sunsets that start around 8:00pm.
The night time sessions will always be big deciding factors in endurance races, because this is once the most cars tend retire in the race for different reasons.
CLP’s Gallardo was still being going pretty strong because the sun dipped behind the mountain tops around Thunderhill.
Like a side note, publish-sunset light is a fairly time for you to shoot wide-open pans. Strangely enough, I rarely find myself carrying this out, and so i made full utilisation of the chance.
This picture is great for the reason that it shows the entire scope of cars that compete within the 25. From the race-bred prototype, to some near stock Mazda RX-8, to some Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo – this race includes a real nice mixture of machinery.
As night fell, temperatures began to decrease rather rapidly. Surprisingly, it was not badly as years past, therefore it what food was in least bearable to some extent.