Last run in 1980 by Bob Houghton and Rosso Racing Distributors, the Ferrari 512 BBLM was the car of choice for the 2014 Le Mans Classic event this July.
We arrived early on Wednesday to complete chaos and waited 10 hours to get into the campsite!
Set up and scrutineering took place on Thursday, with a chance to find people and places.
The first qualifying session was in daylight with Mark Hales in first and achieving good times, followed by Bob Houghton, who kept the position. We finished in P32 with a 4’33sec lap. That’s 4th in class!
The night session of qualifying was not for position, but used as a familiarisation.
The rain started but not enough for wets, so Mark went out on slicks and at the driver change Bob encountered worsening weather, but there was no time to change to wets.
Race 1 started at 12:30 on Sunday morning, with Mark behind the wheel for the full session – a good start and worsening weather saw him bring her home in P31, albeit behind a safety car.
Regulations state refuelling has to be done in the pits, but not during the race, so after each run we filled up with a ‘guesstimated’ amount.
Race 2 started at 8:13 on Sunday morning. Again Mark started the race, with a plan to come into the pits at the start of the pit window of 15 mins. Bob climbed in and set off out onto track, but sadly behind the safety car, which saw the end of the race as a procession – result P33.
Sunday afternoon brought better weather for Race 3. Bob went out in the sunshine with a rolling start, good lap times were achieved and a good clean pitstop. Bob stayed put in the car, and after the mandatory 1 minute stop, he set of with gusto to finish the race in P25.
We ended up being the only BBLM finishing out of 6 entered!
All in all, the weekend was a highly charged and exciting time, with no real dramas.
A great time was had by all, with huge thanks to @Motul, @HRowenferrari, @PFCbrake, @BobHoughtonLtd, @MarkAHales, AeroTech laboratories Ltd.