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Disappointing debut for Triple Eight at Spa 24 Hours
BMW Customer Team, Triple Eight Racing, failed to finish the Total 24 Hours of Spa following a high-
Following a performance that showed good pace in the bronze practice session on Tuesday, the team from Greatworth (Banbury, England) and drivers Lee Mowle (GBR), Dirk Muller (GER), Joe Osborne (GBR), and Ryan Ratcliffe (GBR) were brimming with confidence going into Thursday’s practice and qualifying sessions.
With Muller and Osborne leading the way, the duo were looking pacey against their peers, and in pre-
Until this point the Belgian circuit had been basked in summer sunshine, but as is seemingly tradition and motorsport folklore, the rain came hard on Saturday morning, showing little sign of easing before the mid-
A further three laps followed on lap two, before the BMW factory racer became embroiled in a battle with the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari of Marco Seefried for 30th place.
Just 23 laps passed before the first safety car period was called, and Triple Eight were sitting pretty, 27th overall and now tenth in Pro-
After almost two hours at the wheel Triple Eight received a minor blow, a drive-
With heavy rain once again making the Belgian track almost undriveable, after some two hours, race organisers brought out a virtual safety car period to slow down proceedings and try to keep as many cars in the race as possible. As with the first occasion, no sooner had the race resumed and a safety car was required, this time because two Pro class cars crashed.
At this point, Osborne was 31st (11th in class) and making giant strides forward, hustling and harrying his more experienced rivals, and by the third hour the British racer was in the overall top 25. Mowle took over twenty minutes later and re-
With darkness setting in, Ratcliffe had to keep things going through one of the more taxing parts of a 24-
The accident resulted in a safety car period and once the Z4 was taken back to the pits and assessed by the experienced Triple Eight crew, the decision was taken to retire and withdraw from the race.
It was a disappointing end to what had been a positive weekend, but Triple Eight and its drivers will bounce-
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