Red Camel-Jordans.nl’s #303 Seat Leon TCR of Ivo Breukers, Rik Breukers and Konstantins Calko won a frenetic opening round of the 2018 European Championship at Silverstone in the UK this weekend, an event heavily affected by changeable weather and track temperatures.
Having already competed in the GT and PROTO-exclusive 12-hour race earlier in the weekend, Rik Breukers took the #303 Seat Leon TCR across the line to complete 411 laps of the 5.891km Silverstone Arena Circuit. The result marks the first TCR class win for Red Camel-Jordans.nl in the 24H Series powered by Hankook since 2016.
So treacherous were the conditions at the freshly resurfaced Silverstone Circuit, the race-winning Red Camel-Jordans.nl Seat was one car of many that had to be recovered from the sodden infield gravel traps, but strong pace throughout Saturday afternoon and evening allowed the #303 entry to pull 5:44s clear of Team Bleekemolen (#100, Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Melvin de Groot, Rob Smith and Rene Steenmetz) come the chequered flag.
Having won outright at last year’s Hankook 24H Silverstone, the Team Bleekemolen SEAT Leon TCR would hold off last year’s Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps winner LMS Racing by Bas Koeten Racing (#129, Antti Buri, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen and Olli Kangas) to finish second overall, while the all-Finnish team’s third place cemented an all-Seat podium in the TCR class.
Holmgaard Motorsport (#102, Magnus Holmgaard, Roy Edland, Jens Mølgaard, Jonas Holmgaard and René Rasmussen) meanwhile was the first non-SEAT competitor home in fourth, the Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR DSG finishing just ahead of NKPP Racing by Bas Koeten Racing (#175, Gijs Bessem, Harry Hilders, Ronny Jost and Fabian Danz). The latter was one of two Bas Koeten Racing affiliated teams racing the brand new Cupra TCR at Silverstone this weekend, the second – Kawasaki Racing by Bas Koeten Racing (#155, Kristian Jepsen, Jan Sorensen, Anthony Lambert and JM Littman) – completing the race in eighth position overall.
An impressive run for series debutants J W BIRD Motorsport meanwhile (#221, Paul Dehadran, Kieran Griffin, William Paul and Rory Butcher) started with a 38-lap run at the head of the field during the first two hours, and would end with a solid ninth-placed finish.
The top two finishers in A3 would finish line-astern in sixth and seventh places overall, the Hofor Racing powered Bonk Motorsport BMW M235i Racing Cup just pipping the BMW of reigning CUP1 class champion DUWO Racing.
The race was affected by the poor weather trackside, with rain, freezing tempuratures and fog resulting in it being stopped for several hours on safety grounds early on Sunday morning, before restarting at 6.45am.
CREVENTIC’s 2018 endurance racing program will continue in just a few weeks time in Spain, as the 24H Series powered by Hankook gears up for the Hankook 12H Navarra on 20-21-22 April.