Nürburgring, 14 May 2018 - The SCG 003C, supported by official supplier of racing services Podium Advanced Technologies, won its class and came home inside the Top 20, after it had run as high as fourth overall during the hours of darkness and battled in the Top 10 for more than half the race.
With 147 cars sunbathing at the start, a deluge just around the corner, and only 106 cars having made it to the end, unpredictability remains the name of the game up in the Eiffel Mountains for the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and it was the same this time around.
However, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus wrote another chapter in its history at this glorious race, with an incredible comeback in the very first laps that brought the SCG 003C – that had started from the 27th place in the grid – to 10th position after 10 laps and up to 5th position after 15 laps.
As the race moved into the night, weather people announced that the downpour (which was poised to include hail) which was to arrive at around 11AM local time, would be above the Nordschleife much earlier. The prediction proved correct and, at around 2:30AM, it started raining quite effectively on the GP circuit and, also, in some sections of the Nordschleife. Some cars crashed, other pitted in a hurry for cut slicks or full-blown wet weather tires.
The SCG team devised the right strategy for tires,but could not avoid a couple of crashes while pushing very hard to try and gain further positions even with the wet track.
In spite of that, at 8 am on Sunday morning, 16 hours into the race, the SCG 003C had been consistently running in the top 10 for the last 10 hours.
While hail never did emerge, it was fog that slowed the proceedings down to a crawl and the organizers thought they have had enough of not being able to see 100 feet away in any direction, so red flags were waved just before 12PM. No Parc Ferme rules were applied and, more importantly, cars that were in the same lap between one another had their gaps erased. Finally, the race was restarted with 90 minutes left on the clock.
Cars were let out on a long installation lap before the proper restart took place, while the fog never really lifted. The final dash to the flag was absolutely stunning as, besides fog, the rain never really faltered and it kept wetting some sections of the track while there was a thin impression of a dry line appearing in other parts.
In this Green-Hell-style frenzy, the SCG 003c lost some of the positions that were earned and unwaveringly guarded throughout the 20 racing hours before, and finished 19th, proving once again its reliability and potential.
Photo Credits Hide Hishiura/Studiozero.de
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