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.