For the second consecutive year, as the famous Le Mans Rolex clock passed 4.00pm on Sunday afternoon, the TVR supporters had something to cheer about. For again, the TVR entry had proved that despite what the doubters might say, reliability is proven by finishing the world's most gruelling endurance race. For that is exactly what the Racesports Peninsula TVR T400R had done
Following the excellent result in 2004 when both Synergy Chamberlain Motorsport T400s crossed the line in formation, this year the sole TVR entry, piloted through this final session by Richard Stanton, crossed the finishing line after completing 256 laps of the 13.650 km (8.476 miles) circuit. That's 2170 miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 90.4mph. Of 49 starters, including 14 in the GT2 class, the T400R finished in 26th position overall and 8th in class.
Other TVRCC favourites also entered in the race included former Tuscan drivers Jamie Campbell-Walter (finished 15th overall, 8th in LM1 class) and Martin Short (17th overall, 9th in LM1 class). The other former Tuscan pilot Bobby Verdon-Roe, driving a Dallara Nissan in LM1, retired after 18 hours while last year's TVR entrants, Gareth Evans and Bob Berridge of Synergy Chamberlain Motorsport, retired after just five hours following gearbox failure in their LM2 Lola. The race was won again by an Audi. For full results see the Le Mans website or for more photographs see the PlanetLeMans website.
Well done to John Hartshorne, Richard Stanton and Piers Johnson, together with team manager Dennis Leech and all at Racesports Peninsula TVR. We wish them continued success in this year's LMES and hope to see them back at La Sarthe in 2006.
All photographs - www.planetlemans.com