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Blancpain Endurance Series Qualifiers – Round 1

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Monza, Italy - Round One of the Blancpain Endurance Series Qualifiers saw the #99 Torrent Mercedes take part in all 3 races around the Autodromo Monza. In the first race of the weekend, Marius Golembeck managed to qualify the car in a solid P12 position. With a strong start, the car was inside the Top 10 but after various bumps and hits from various other cars, 23 of the 25 incident points were used within the first 25minutes. With finishing the 3 hour race becoming a difficult task, let alone in a strong position, Marius handed the car over to Kimmo Suimonen in position 19 for the last two hours. In typical Finnish fashion, Kimmo was unphased by the incident limit and not only kept the car on the tarmac for the entire two hours, but managed to get the car to an impressive P15 by the finish.

Race Two saw the team adopt a controversial strategy in an attempt to leapfrog the teams around us and hope for a Top 5 result. Marius again qualified the car in a strong P11, but the strategy of taking an extra pitstop failed to come to fruition, and the team had to settle for a solid 13th placed finish. The final race of the weekend saw a new driver line-up take to the grid, with Northern Irishmen Ross Balfour qualifying the #99 car in 15th position for the Sunday evening race. With a similar tale to Race One occurring, Ross received 3 4x contacts in the first 8laps, leaving the car damaged and a high incident count. Ross managed to settle the car down and make his way up through the field despite the slight damage and finish his first two stints in P10. The car was handed to newcomer Patrick Kubinji, making his debut in Torrent colours. Rejoining the race in 13th, Patrick’s pace was strong considering his lack of seat time in the car, and managed to guide the car into a well fought 10th position come the chequered flag. Overall, the weekend was fairly positive- with Monza expecting to be our weakest round this season – we hope the #99 Mercedes can compete for podium positions for the remainder of the qualifying series and secure its place in next years Blancpain GT Pro series.

Monza, Italy – Round One of the Blancpain Endurance Series Qualifiers saw the #99 Torrent Mercedes take part in all 3 races around the Autodromo Monza. In the first race of the weekend, Marius Golembeck managed to qualify the car in a solid P12 position. With a strong start, the car was inside the Top […]

Sports Car Open: Round 1 – Round up

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Round one of the Sports Car Open series saw Torrent Motorsports field a Ferrari 458 in the GT class. After a strong qualifying lap from Marius Golembeck saw the #98 car line up on the 2nd row of the grid in P3, it put the team in a good place to fight up front for the four hour race. Stint one saw a confusing lack of pace from the team, losing almost a second a lap in the first 10laps, but the lap times soon started to even out as the race progressed. Sadly at this point the chances of victory were already gone as Vendeval had opened up a 15 second lead extremely quickly.

Marius ended his first two stints just ahead of the Core GT Ferrari, leaving the final two hours to be contested between the two teams for 2nd place in class. Ross Balfour took over the car for his first outing in Torrent colours, and had a two-hour long battle with the Core car, with the gap between the two cars never going beyond 5 seconds. Despite some technical gremlins, the #98 car crossed the line in second place, leaving the team in a good place to compete for the title for the rest of the season.

Round one of the Sports Car Open series saw Torrent Motorsports field a Ferrari 458 in the GT class. After a strong qualifying lap from Marius Golembeck saw the #98 car line up on the 2nd row of the grid in P3, it put the team in a good place to fight up front for […]

Neo Endurance Series Season 4 & Sports Car Open Season 1 Announcement

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We are pleased to announce our drivers lineup for the upcoming Sports Car Open and NEO Endurance Series. Besides Torrent veterans Kevin Siggy and Marius Golombeck we are pleased to welcome Ross Balfour, Patrick Kubinji and Kimmo Suominen to the team. The gang of five will be splitting up driver honors through the upcoming two Endurance Racing Series. For the opening round of the season in the Sports Car Open at the Nürburgring this weekend (8th Oct), Ross Balfour and Marius Golombeck will share the wheel of the Ferrari F488 GTE. Just a week after on October 15th the first round of the NEO Endurance Series will take place in Sebring. Once again we would like to welcome Ross, Patrick and Kimmo to our ranks – to many great races!

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We are pleased to announce our drivers lineup for the upcoming Sports Car Open and NEO Endurance Series. Besides Torrent veterans Kevin Siggy and Marius Golombeck we are pleased to welcome Ross Balfour, Patrick Kubinji and Kimmo Suominen to the team. The gang of five will be splitting up driver honors through the upcoming two […]

NES Le Mans 24 Hours ends in disappointment

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OHIO, USA – This past weekend was the final round of the Neo Endurance Series season, which saw the series head to the Le Mans circuit in France. The race lasting 24 hours and would earn the teams double points. Qualifying was held a week before the race with Marius putting our Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 car on pole for the Grand Touring class.

Kevin started the race and lead most of the first stint but due to leading used up the most fuel with teams behind saving in the draft. So Kevin dropped to 3rd position, this would be where he would remain till the end of the 2nd stint where our competitors decided to do more stints on a set of tyres than we wanted to so 10 seconds was lost to leaders. Jordan was now in the car and drop two solid stints to keep us still in contention.

Marius got in the car shortly before the 4th hour hit with a 20 second gap to the leading cars, by the end of the stint he had made up 18 seconds. In his 2nd stint Marius was starting to struggle with the tyres after they was pushed so hard. Kevin got back into the car shortly before the 6 hour mark and was slowly gaining on the leaders but disaster struck and he made contact in the Porsche Curves with another Aston Martin. After 23 minutes in the pit garage for repairs the car was too slow to carry on and would earn us our first ever DNF in two seasons racing in the Neo Endurance Series.

This means we finished 4th in the final standings after starting the race sitting in 2nd.

OHIO, USA – This past weekend was the final round of the Neo Endurance Series season, which saw the series head to the Le Mans circuit in France. The race lasting 24 hours and would earn the teams double points. Qualifying was held a week before the race with Marius putting our Aston Martin DBR9 […]

iRacing GT World Championship here we come

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OHIO, USA – After competing in a 6 race qualifying series over the winter Kevin, Marius and Jordan have managed to qualify for the Blancpain GT World Championship pro series.

The first round kicks off at Monza in April and a more detailed article will be available nearer the first race.

OHIO, USA – After competing in a 6 race qualifying series over the winter Kevin, Marius and Jordan have managed to qualify for the Blancpain GT World Championship pro series. The first round kicks off at Monza in April and a more detailed article will be available nearer the first race.