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Duo retake the lead!

Posted on September 24, 2007 at 8:15 AM
Anthony & Barry Gates retook the Radical Enduro SR3 championship lead at Pembrey in the Penultimate round of the British Championship.



Having closed the gap to just 8 points away from Phil Bailey at Croft 3 weeks previously, the pair were once again on form. Racing just 3 weeks after breaking his collar bone in a motorbike accident at Silverstone, Anthony qualified on a clear class pole ahead of Biduro star & team mate Ross Allen, with a time that lined them up 4th overall on the grid for race 1 & 3rd for race 2 just a few tenths behind the mighty Radical SR8's!

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Watch the pole position qualifying lap of 52.7 above!

In the first race, Barry drove a confident opening stint underlying his progress as a driver in difficult wet conditions to lead the class initially. However, contact with Allen spun the pair of them down the order, but both recovered well to hand over to their team mates - Allen to Phil Baily and Barry to Anthony with the duo still in touch with the field. Anthony demoted Phil for 2nd place and took fastest lap but was too far away from class leader James Harrison to take the win & instead settled for the points for 2nd.


From left to right: Barry, Anthony, James Harrison, Ross Allen & Phil Bailey

In the second race, Barry once again started and did well to avoid an incident at the first corner which dropped him out of the class lead. He battled well with the front runner, but 'kept his head' to bring the car home in a close 4th place. A slick pitstop was made by Team RPM and Anthony soon took 2nd place and a championship leading position.

Phil Bailey's car broke down on the racing line on the exit of Hatchett hairpin 10 minutes from the end of the race and the ensuing safety car came between class leader James Harrison & Anthony, robbing any chance of victory.

"It's sad for Phil to break down as we want the battle to be fought on the track" said Anthony "After the having had the same for us at Donington twice, we know how he feels".

Anthony & Barry now have a 23 point lead over Phil going into the final round at Brands Hatch where a 3rd & 4th place position in class will ensure them the title.



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Anthony coaches Barry through his IWannaGoFaster.com 
performance driving tuition business.

Anthony & Barry strike back at Croft!

Posted on August 27, 2007 at 8:10 AM
The 'IWannaGoFaster' pairing of Anthony Dunn & Barry Gates closed the gap in the Radical Enduro SR3 British Championship this weekend to just 8 points from main rival Phil Bailey by scoring a 4th place & a win at the two races at Croft.



Following their disastrous last round at Donington in which they had two mechanical failures leading to Bailey & team mate Ellis pulling out a 44 point lead, this time the luck was with them.

Anthony showed his qualifying pace by posting just 5 laps in qualifying, enough to take class pole position by 7 tenths of a second - 6th overall - and decided to saving the tyres in the warm Bank Holiday conditions.

Race 1

In the first race, Anthony made a terrific start to pass two of the SR8's on the outside of Clervaux corner and avoided the spinning car of Austin Reynolds to slot into 3rd overall out of Hawthorn! Young star Jacob Greaves sprinted away in his SR8, but Anthony was able to fight with the other 8's of Richard Ince, Nick Dove and Derek Johnston. Anthony was being held up by Johnston & despite making a couple of passes in the tight corners, Johnston came blasting back past down the straights. This allowed Dove to close and make a move on the pair of them. Coming out of Tower Johnston & were side by side jostling for position allowing Anthony to get a run on them both and he passed on the outside of the Jim Clark Esses with all 4 wheels off the main tarmac at over 120 mph!

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It was the break he needed and he managed to hold his 3rd position over Dove for the remainder of his stint, and as Richard Ince faltered momentarily out of the hairpin with a gear changing blip, 3rd became 2nd overall!

Anthony pulled out a 16 second lead over the next SR3 of Paul Thomas, lapping over a second a lap quicker and handed the car to Gates. A stall in the pits dropped the gap to 9 seconds, but on the opening laps Barry drove well initially to keep the gap stationary, although had a moment lapping traffic & spun off at Sunny dropping him to 3rd in class. He then mistakenly came in for a stop-go penalty and a half spin at the Complex finally allowed the Nick Sinfield to take 3rd and Barry came in 4th.

It was no disaster though - this belonged to Phil Bailey who did not start the race at all due to a heavy fire in practice and the Team RPM guys did well to rebuild the car for the 2nd race on Sunday.



Race 2

The pair decided that it was best for Barry to take the start with the aim on keeping close to main rivals Paul Thomas, Colin Noble and Nick Sinfield which were all close on lap times. This time Barry drove exceptionally well, taking a confident class lead from the start and himself mixing it with the SR8's. He defended well from Thomas until he found a gap at Tower to come through with Barry deciding it was best to follow Thomas. Barry then had a good battle with reigning Radical Biduro Champion James Saggers who was making his SR3 debut. It was tough but fair and Barry bought the car into the pits with only a 4 second deficit to Thomas.

Anthony took over the lead and when Thomas came out of the pits, he closed him down and made a move at Clervaux. The pair collided and went for a trip through the gravel...and resumed in the same order! Anthony continued to harry Thomas around the lap & then Thomas made a mistake at the hairpin, locking up his rear wheels under gear change and half spun.

Once passed, Anthony made a quick getaway, setting fastest lap in the process and took their first class win since Oulton Park, also finishing 3rd overall.

Ross Allen - making his Enduro debut as Bradley Ellis was racing at Thruxton in British GT - and Phil Bailey did a good job to bring their car home in 5th place and score valuable championship points with Allen setting the second fastest lap of the race.

"Barry drove brilliantly today - I'm very proud! I think he had a point to prove after yesterday's performance and today he really showed his caliber." Said Anthony

So with the championship closed right up, the pair go to Pembrey in 3 weeks time.



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Anthony coaches Barry through his IWannaGoFaster.com 
performance driving tuition business.

Donington disaster...but pair vow to fight back

Posted on August 6, 2007 at 7:55 AM

 

Barry & Anthony had a trying weekend at Donington Park for rounds 9 & 10 of the Radical Enduro championship. Barry had once again shown his progress in practice, lapping less than a second away from his more experienced team mate.


The weekend started well with Anthony snatching pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying, pulling a lap out of the bag that was 4 tenths of a second faster than Nigel Greensall and team mate Bradley Ellis.




However, after qualifying Team RPM noticed a problem with the engine & were forced to change for a spare for the first race.


Anthony made a good opening lap to take the class lead, fighting with the higher powered SR8's, but soon had to defend rigorously from Greensall.



Anthony comes under pressure from Greensall


"I could feel at the start that the engine wasn't pulling strongly, so after a tussle I decided to follow Nigel as we're not fighting him in the championship" said Anthony. However, shortly after Anthony returned to the pits with an engine problem that ultimately couldn't be fixed.




The class was once again won by double Thruxton winner James Harrison who coasted home once the chasing car of championship leading Phil Bailey / Bradley Ellis had a high speed wheel failure.


The team worked to fix the engine problem and turned the car out for the second race. Barry took the start & battled hard to get past tite Rival Phil Bailey who was making a robust defence. He made a clean move into Redgate & immediately pulled out a gap, but unfortunately the engine problem returned and another DNF was posted. The no. 1 car of Bailey / Ellis took the win after race long leader Paul Thomas ran out of fuel on the last lap. They now stand 42 points clear at the top of the championsip table ahead of Anthony & Barry.


"This isn't good for our championship challenge" said Anthony "however, we'll just have to try & win all of the remaining rounds! There's still 186 points up for grabs so we'll keep pushing....."


They next race at Croft, where Anthony holds the Radical SR3 lap record.




Anthony coaches Barry through his IWannaGoFaster.com 

performance driving tuition business.



The weekend did have some highlights...


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Rollercoaster weekend at Thruxton

Posted on July 23, 2007 at 7:50 AM
Barry Gates & Anthony Dunn carried on their battle for the Radical Enduro SR3 championship at Thruxton. The weekend started well with Anthony qualifying on pole position for both races by a clear half a second ahead of championship rivals Phil Bailey & Bradley Ellis. Barry also excelled around the super fast track and set a pace within a second of his team mate in his first time at the circuit.


Flat out through Church corner

Disaster struck at the start of the first race as Gates was hit by a spinning SR8 in front, heavily damaging their car and putting them out of the race. A frantic struggle was made to rebuild the car for the second race and Team RPM did a fantastic job to get the car back out in time. Barry drove a consistent opening stint, keeping pace with the class competitors and handing the car to Anthony in a close 3rd position. A long pitstop ensued because a piece of the previously damaged bodywork was rubbing on a back tyre, requiring it to be changed.



Anthony rejoined the race in a distant 4th place, but a safety car closed the pack back up again. It was then a 10 minute sprint to the finish, with Anthony driving out of his skin to try & take the win. The last lap board was shown and he was behind leading SR3 of James Harrison.


Anthony chases through the pack after the restart

Anthony saw an opportunity coming out of the final corner to pass Harrison and he crossed the line 0.016 seconds ahead and eased off the throttle to claim the win...however the team called across the radio that the pitwall marshal had made a mistake and were still showing the final lap board meaning the race was still on! Unfortunately, it was too late & Anthony couldn't close the gap enough over the remaining lap, so they finished 2nd in class.

"That has to be the best and worst race of my life!" said Anthony. "It was done & dusted as far as I was aware...then I got the radio call...".

However, the pair are still in the hunt for the championship as they lie 2nd in the standings 11 points behind the lead. They race at Donington again in a fortnight.

A slim title lead at Spa

Posted on June 19, 2007 at 7:25 AM

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Sportscar pairing Barry Gates & Anthony Dunn took the lead of the Radical SR3 Enduro championship by just one point from Team RPM team mates Phil Bailey & Bradley Ellis this weekend at Spa Francorchamps.

The event started well as they qualified 2nd in class for both weekend’s races. In the first race on Sunday Barry made a strong start to make a challenge for the class lead on the opening lap but a spin at Stavelot on damp kerbs dropped him towards the tail of the pack. He fought his way back through and handed the car to Anthony in 4th place in class at mid distance. Anthony then picked off the remaining class rivals to take their third win of the year.

In the second race Gates made no mistakes and ran very strongly, handing the car over to Dunn in 3rd place. Shortly thereafter Anthony took the class lead from Phil Ellis and pulled out a gap. With a 30 second lead and only 5 mins remaining, they looked set for another win, but a rear hub failure took him out of the race. Luckily however, the pair were still classified in 4th place giving them valuable championship points.

The pair also competed in the Britsports 4 hour race on the Saturday evening, sharing a Norma together with Anthony’s partner and 2006 European Formula Atlantic Champion Amanda Whitaker. The trio were on the pace, topping the timing sheets outright in practice and qualifying 3rd overall. Barry started the race & had a good early battle with experienced Britsports frontrunner Edward Lovett’s Norma.


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He got the better of the other car although it was short lived as an error on the exit of Blanchimont led to contact with the barrier and although Barry walked away unscathed, the car was badly damaged.

“Although we had a few ups & downs, all in all it was a good weekend – Barry showed a lot of pace and to come away with the Radical championship lead is great" said Anthony.

They race again in the Radical at Thruxton in a month’s time.

Anthony & Barry carry on winning

Posted on May 29, 2007 at 7:19 AM
Anthony and race partner Barry Gates continued to set the pace in the Radical Enduro SR3 championship at Oulton Park.

The weekend started well with Anthony qualifying on Pole Position in the SR3 class, over half a second clear of nearest rival Ben Jackson.


Photo: Oliver Read

In the first race on Saturday, Gates was holding a comfortable 2nd position behind Jackson, but a mistake at the Knickerbrook Chicane caused contact with the tyre barriers badly damaging the rear wing. The car was still driveable albeit with a huge loss in downforce and with 25 minutes of the race remaining a valiant effort was made to finish the race in 2nd position, with RPM Motorsport team mates Phil Bailey and Bradley Ellis taking the win.


Photo: Oliver Read

In the second race of the weekend on Bank Holiday Monday, this time Gates made no repeat of his mistake and handed the car over to Anthony in a close 2nd place despite pressure from Bailey. Anthony took the lead shortly thereafter and although was chased hard by Ellis to the chequered flag, he took the win with fastest lap and once again a new SR3 lap record to boot.


Photo: Oliver Read

Anthony & Barry now lie 2nd in the points behind Bailey & Ellis, closing the gap by a single point over the weekend. "It was great to finish the weekend with the result we deserved. Barry's told himself off enough about Saturday's mistake so I don't think we'll see that one happen again! I think we've shown we are the quickest pairing - if we continue to work hard we should be able to fight for the championship."


The next race is at Belgium's fantastic Spa-Francorchamps in a fortnight.

A winning start...from the back of the grid!

Posted on April 30, 2007 at 7:14 AM
Photo: Oliver Read

Anthony Dunn and Barry Gates took their maiden win together at the first round of the Radical Enduro Sportscar Championship at Snetterton this weekend.

Despite showing great promise by recording the fastest free practice time, mechanical problems in qualifying meant that they had to start from the back of the grid from both of Sunday’s races. Anthony took the helm at the beginning of the first race and scythed through the field to lead by half distance, overtaking many of the more powerful SR8 cars & smashing the lap record by over a second in the process! He handed the car to Barry, who continued to eek out the advantage and although a nail biting safety car period closed the field back up in the final minutes, he kept his composure to bring the RPM Motorsport car home and take the win.


Photo: Oliver Read

The feat was even more remarkable as it was only the third ever race weekend for Barry, who is being coached by Anthony through his IWannaGoFaster.com performance driving tuition business. "We've worked hard over the end of last year and the winter so to get this result in the first race of the year is just fantastic" said Anthony. "The team gave us a great car, I peddled it hard then Barry did what was required to bring the car back home - I'm very proud!"

The second race also started well with Anthony again fighting his way through the field to the front of the pack. However, the joy was short-lived as an electrical problem prevented Barry from making a quick pit stop & the problem soon became terminal as the car came to a halt on the circuit.

Despite the setback, the pair lie third in the championship and Anthony is very confident of a strong 2007 campaign "It's a shame that we couldn't take the win again in the second race although at least it's consolation to know we had the pace again to win on merit. It's early days yet, but there's no reason why we can't challenge for the championship if we can get consistency together & keep scoring good points".

The pair race again at Oulton Park at the end of May.


Photo: Oliver Read

New Guadix Lap Record with RPM Motorsport

Posted on March 2, 2007 at 7:10 AM
Anthony set a new unofficial lap record with RPM Motorsport during winter testing at Guadix, Spain. Set in one of the team's 1500cc Radical SR3's, the lap of 1 minute 13.95 seconds was done on used tyres and is the fastest recorded time around the track since it has been reprofiled & resurfaced.

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"I'm surprised to set a time than is faster than any of the GT3 Porsches or Aston Martin DBR9 GT1's, but the car was well set up & easy to drive, plus I was pushing pretty hard!" said Anthony.

The test was part of a programme before a full 2007 racing campaign in the Radical Enduro series sharing with Barry Gates who he has been coaching through his IWannaGoFaster.com performance driving tuition business.



2008 car at Autosport show

Posted on January 30, 2007 at 8:30 AM
Anthony proudly revealed the new car that he & Barry Gates will be driving in 2008 at the prestigious Autosport Show at the NEC. The Ligier JS49 is powered by a 250 BHP 2 litre Honda engine with a paddle shift sequential gear box and is capable of speeds over 160mph.



The car was supplied by Ligier UK importer and Anthony's former karting rival Bryce Wilson of If Motorsport.



The car will be run by Chevron Racing who took Anthony's partner Amanda Whitaker to the 2006 European Formula 2 title. Anthony and Barry shook the car down in the closing weeks of 2007 and look forward to racing in the new VdeV UK Endurance series.



Anthony coaches Barry through his IWannaGoFaster.com 
performance driving tuition business.


Mazda RX-8 launch

Posted on October 29, 2005 at 6:29 PM
Mazda's innovative new sportscar the Rotary engined RX-8 was launched at Silverstone together with a team of instructors including Anthony. The radical car with it's 'Suicide' rear doors was shown off to Mazda dealers and the delegates were shown all aspects of the cars characteristics including the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) systems that help to control the car in difficult circumstances.


A full line up


Ready for a hotride

Subaru Launch North America Summer 2003

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 6:19 PM
Anthony made his second trip stateside as one of a team of 16 British consultant instructors for Subaru America. The Japanese car manufacturer was launching 3 models to their USA dealers: the 4x4 'Forester Turbo', the recreational 'Baja' and the flagship sportscar 'Impreza STi'.



The tour started off at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix in the blazing heat of the Arizona desert. Working in heat of sometimes up to 116 degrees farenheight the team were happy that all cars had air conditioning! The activities included instructing the dealership staff around several circuit configurations in the STi's, demonstrating the new Baja and driving a road route in the new Forester Turbo.


The team lined up

Arizona road route Forester's park up On track at Firebird

The tour then headed North East to a slightly cooler Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The activies were based at Beaver Run a twisting, undulating road course set among a forest. The venue was was extremely popular with the staff & delegates not just for it's challenging nature, but also for the beautiful scenery.



Each group of visitors were treated to a 2 lap video taped hot-ride in an STi where the British visitors demonstrated the superlative power & terrific handling of the car.



The tour was extremely popular with the American delegates and the British guests received much praise for their work.

Stunning Tin Top Debut

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 6:10 PM
Anthony made his saloon car debut partnering one of his Personal Tuition clients Andrew Stevens in a BMW M3. He was invited to take part in the 100 minute race to partner Stevens in his first race in the series.


Racing at Donington in the European Endurance Racing Championship Britcar Anthony made a superlative effort to qualify the Group N specification car on class Pole Position and third overall. This put him on the grid ahead of British Touring Car race winner Phil Bennett and sportscar ace Nigel Greensall and only just behind a Ferrari 355 & Multiple British Touring Car Champion Andy Rouse's monster Mercedes 190 - an ex-DTM German Touring car!


The 100 minute race involved a carefully planned pitstop to refuel & change drivers.

Spot the smoking brakes!

The team at work 

Worried boss


The pair finished a creditable 2nd in class on their debut despite worrying brake problems, broken differential & a cracked exhaust!

Audi A8 launch

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 6:04 PM
Anthony was on the team of instructors helping to launch the sleek new Audi A8 throughout 2003. Together with girlfriend Amanda Whitaker they visited various venues throughout the UK.



The team were asked to demonstrate the A8 against opposing manufacturers vehicles including the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class & Range Rover on various activities including track driving wet surfaces, cobbled roads, slaloms & the infamous 'Elk test'....


On track


Audi A8 BMW 7 Series
Competitor dynamic stability demonstrations

The tour was throughout the UK - vehicle test facilities including Millbrook, MIRA & Leyland and racing circuits Goodwood, Croft & Knockhill. The clients were based at stately homes & passed through beautful scenery & landmarks on their way to the test venues.

Hopetoun House by the banks of the Forth


Audi commented that it was one of their most successful UK tours ever & were extremely happy with the outcome.

Nissan Micra Launch Video

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 6:00 PM
Anthony was employed by Nissan as a Precision Driver for the launch video for their new Nissan Micra. The video was filmed on location in Rome and Berlin.


Shooting at the famous Berlin Olympic Stadium

Anthony was to be 'double' for Nissan's German model Nils Lange and was given the full hair and makeup treatment in order to look like a twin!



His role involved driving between small Italian village back streets, negotiating heavy Berlin traffic and slaloming concrete pillars in an underground car park whilst avoiding a group of swarming roller bladers!

At work with the roller bladers...

Thankfully, the expensive prototype model finished the shoot unscratched and was taken to the Paris Motor Show for the car's launch.

Dubai drama's

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 5:57 PM
The annual 24 kart race in Dubai was once again held at the American University of Dubai amid heavy security due to world events. Anthony once again partnered Hunter Abbott, team mate in November 2000. They were joined by fellow instructor and 3 times National Single Seater Champion Amanda Whitaker. The trio joined Dubai resident racers Alex Maddock and Gregg Sedgwick in the 'Safe Kids' team. Competition was the toughest yet and featured the karting World Champion Colin Brown, the Le Mans and European Champions and many National Champions.


The track surrounding the prestigeous American University of Dubai

The safe kids team participated in a promotional tour of colleges in Dubai on behalf of Johnson & Johnson (Middle East) for the 'Safe Kids' campaign to educate young drivers on road safety and the new child seat belt laws.


Anthony takes the microphone next to Hunter and Amanda

The team used good strategy to lead the race during the early part of the race, but a combination of mechanical failures (brakes seizing) and unlucky accidents (causing tyre deflation, bent rear axle and chassis) blunted their challenge and they finished 17th out of 45 runners.


Joy and despair in Wales

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 5:52 PM
Van Gessel Racing pair Anthony Dunn and Matthew van Gessel experienced the highs & lows of motorsport at Pembrey, Wales. The Double Header weekend started well with Anthony qualifying fourth, revelling in the wet conditions despite handling difficulties. In the second qualifying session, he could only manage 11th as the conditions dried and handling deteriorated.

Dunn took full opportunity of his first race qualfying position to make a barnstorming start to lead into the first corner.


Anthony goes for the lead!

However, he spent the race fighting against the car's handling (and other competitors!) and gradually dropped back through the field.



The race ended in disaster as Matthew made a mistake whilst defending his place spinning into a tyre wall at over 100 MPH. A promising weekend was cut short as the car was too badly damaged to repair for the 2nd race.


3rd in Sportscar debut

Posted on October 29, 2004 at 5:46 PM
Anthony Dunn from Syresham, Northants & James Pickford from Cheshire took third place in the opening round of the British Radical Enduro Championship at Oulton Park, Cheshire. It was their first sportscar race in a brand new car that had only been picked up from the factory on Thursday.
 
 
Single seater ace Pickford was draughted in at the last minute after team owner / driver Matthew van Gessel decided to make his debut at a later event given the nature of the Oulton Park track. Because of the limited time available, each had only 1 half hour practice session to learn the car before qualifying


Anthony Dunn, left, and James Pickford.


Despite this, they immediately set competitive times and qualified 3rd on a dry track. For the race the heavens opened, leaving a treacherous track for the rolling start.

Dunn was baulked at the start & forced to drop back to fourth, but soon closed on and passed 3rd place driver James Aspinal.
 

 
He pitted early under the safety car for fuel, tyres & driver change to Pickford. Although race leader Robin Liddell was in a class of his own at the wet start, as the track dried Pickford closed the gap, but the race was red flagged after a car spun into a gravel trap.

"It's a pity about the red flag because James was just behind the 2nd place guy" said Dunn after the race "although to get third place when everything is new is a good result".

Michelin Clio Scholarship 2000

Posted on September 25, 2004 at 3:34 PM
Anthony Dunn successfully made it through to the finals of the Michelin Clio Scholarship 2000. Competing against an initial entry of 350 competitors, the scholarship was held over 3 rounds during the winter months to select the most successful 10 to compete in the final on Sunday 25th February. The finalists battled it out over the course of the weekend under the watchful eye of scholarship co-ordinator & International GT driver Tim Sugden.


Anthony with Tim Sugden

Anthony set the fastest lap of the weekend on Saturday's pre-final, a time that was marginally quicker than the unofficial benchmark time set by Tim Sugden!

The finals were covered by Sky TV & Granda television made a 'fly on the wall' documentary. Apart from the driving, contestants had an interview with panelists scrutinising their motivations for competing in the scholarship.

"I felt that the weekend went fantastically well; the panel scrutiny, media interviews and driving, apart from the last session in which I don't think I showed myself in true colours - I was too reserved." said Anthony "It's this that I felt lost me the scholarship. I knew I had to be much quicker than the other guys because of my competition background. But instead of just driving tidily to impress the instructor, I should have done a "banzai" qualifying lap to get a good lap time!".

Nurburgring 24 hour race

Posted on August 25, 2004 at 3:30 PM
Banbury's Anthony Dunn competed in the Nurburgring 24 hour race in Germany this weekend, his first international 24 hour car race.

Dunn was drafted in at the last minute to partner Formula Radical championship leader Rob Garofall and Porsche GT driver Robin Liddell.

The race is held on the original 14 mile long 'Nordschleife' circuit - scene of Grand Prix racing until the mid-1970's before Niki Lauda's fiery accident. It is renowned as the most demanding racing track in the world with 176 corners including many tight twisting corners and a multitude of blind brows, several of which cause the car to completely leave the ground. Beside the Formula One Grand Prix it is one of Germany's largest motor race events with an estimate 100,000 spectators and live TV coverage across Europe.


Race From Space: The Nurburgring as seen by satellite.

The trio competed in a modified Caterham Superlight sportscar, ideally suited to the twisting, turning track. They qualified 6th in class and 51st overall out of 250 cars and were running as high as 25th until the engine blew up, half way down the one and a half mile back straight at 3.00 am Sunday Morning.

"Without warning the engine just went bang" said Dunn "It's a shame because despite a couple of technical problems we were going really well".

Despite the disappointment Dunn was thrilled by the circuit "It's the most exhilarating but equally scary circuit that I've ever driven!" he added "I hope to come back again next year but I'll need to watch a video replay to remember most of the corners....".

The race was won by Le Mans GT driver's Michael Bartels and Uwe Alzen in a Porsche 996 GT3. 

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