The very new Grip Racing team, of which Motul is a technical partner, participated last weekend in the world's longest race: the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in California. Organised by the National Auto Sport Association, this event with no less than six different categories is traditionally the last Endurance race of the year.
For the occasion, Mark Mc Manus, team manager, brought together an experienced team comprising Johnny Kanavas, Scott Webb, Kai Goddard, Beau Borders and John Klusendorf. Their mission: drive under the chequered flag with their Lexus IS 300 No.21 participating in the E1 category. The weight on the shoulders of these five drivers was all the heavier as they were participating in the event in memory of their friend, Tim Nickel, preparer of the car, who recently died from an illness.
Despite a collision in the second relay with the Acutech Integra and in tricky track conditions, the young American team more than fulfilled its mission by clinching fifth place in its category (34th place in the general standings out of 69 entrants). Sincere congratulations to all the team!
Photo : Team Grip Racing / Lexus IS300© Team Grip Racing