LMR and F4H snag class wins at first N12!
First on the agenda, an apology from myself as I was working on the day and it was a huge uphill battle just to get back in time to get the race control car ready for the parade lap, open up the lobby, and kick start the race. I sincerely wish I could have made it kick off more smoothly, but it ended up not being a major issue.
This would not of been possible if it wasn’t for the help from TURN staff Ryan McDowell (Cyphon68) who got the stream running and provided us several hours of great commentary with Sam James (HCR Solar), Chris McGrath (F4H Chrisupra), and Collin Barring (LMR Deftone MX). The smoothness of the event owes a great deal to my F4H teammates: Tyler Jones (F4H Diablo) , Chris McGrath (F4H Chrisupra), and Deano Cox (F4H Devil) as well as a very big nod to Shane Powell (LER VisionThing) and Collin Barring (LMR Deftone MX) who were sure to have the next lobby set up with drivers ready to go for the whole 12 hours. To the whole crew of organizers that helped make it possible, from myself and the whole of TURN, thank you guys.
Now another thank you to each and every driver for taking part and having patience with the organizers that try to make an event like this go as smoothly as possible. I have been endurance racing for a number of years now and know only too well how hard it can be to get a committed team of drivers to complete a full 12 hour endurance race, so well done guys. We hope you’ll join us again in the future!
The Twitch.tv stream (www.twitch.tv/TURNmedia) was buzzing with audience activity again, so one last thanks goes out to our engaged audience that keeps our commentary team busy with topics and questions in the chat box. If you haven’t already, head over there and give us a follow so you’re sure to catch the next broadcast of TURN events. For those that didn’t get to see the race live, we’ve got you covered with the first 6 hours available on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/TURNmedia), where you can also subscribe for the latest videos of any series or upcoming series trailers.
Well, it’s safe to say this year’s N12 was an exciting twelve hours of racing. We have now seen the thrills and spills of Forza Motorsport’s new rain and night racing features that have proved to be pretty spectacular to race with. They certainly did their job in helping mix up the field and not make the racing so predictable. We were rewarded with some truly epic battles from both classes and at times even between the classes. Standing above the rest are our class winners, LMR Canal Boat Bentley in GT and F4H Red Sonja Mercedes in TC who both suffered disconnection issues but fought hard, clawing back the distance to claim victory in their respective classes. Well done to our champions and all our runners up. Below you’ll find the final standings for the event.
There are far too many notable drivers and team names for me to write here but they were awesome competitors. Watching the hard battles and reading pleased and challenged driver comments give us the drive and determination to strive for excellence, hopefully to keep you happy and coming back for more.
Unfortunately we still have the persistent issue of drivers disconnecting from sessions but with the information and calculations learned from this event we now know that the 2016 VEC will be able to use a variant of this method to ensure teams are awarded a fair distance for lag outs or other catastrophic failures that keeps them in the hunt. We also saw a few teams crashing heavily or running out of fuel at various parts of the track. While this can be frustrating to those involved in the team, these things are part of endurance racing. They put emphasis on having a very intimate knowledge of what the team’s selected car is capable of and what the limits are in terms of both fuel and grip in multiple conditions.
We tried our best to help cars that were near where the race control car was, to nudge them into pit lane if they were recoverable. We were very impressed by all involved though, stepping right back up to reclaim any setback as best they could. Very professional stuff from everyone. We are reminded of a quote from Jon Bennett after the 2015 Petit Le Mans was run under rain for the entire race. “In all, a tough day for all involved. There were difficult conditions, but that’s what endurance racing is all about. This is not for children.”
Let us know in the comments below what you liked about the N12 event, or what you’d like to see changed for our next one off endurance event. Tell us about your best moments during the race, or proclaim your determination to win the event next year. Either way, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Martin Hall | TURN Operations Manager