WEPOL Racing by penz13.com finishes 24h Le Mans in 3rd on the podium
Le Mans, France. The WEPOL Racing by penz13.com team has finished yet again on the podium of the second round of the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship, ending the 24heures Moto du Mans on third spot.
After 840 laps the squad consisting of riders Michael Laverty, Christian Iddon and Danny Webb crossed the line just three laps behind the winners of FCC TSR Honda and two laps behind #111 Honda in second place.
There was drama on course of the whole race and it didn't go by the WEPOL Racing by penz13.com racing team. On his first stint, Michael Laverty had a little spill in the Dunlop chicane but was able to lift the bike and finish his run. At the planed pit stop, the damaged foot peg was replaced. Christian Iddon took over but as a result of the crash the handle bar broke under braking so he was forced to come back in to the pits.
After that the race would go according to plan until midnight, when Danny Webb had a similar crash as his team mate Laverty in the beginning. Webb dislocated his shoulder but was also able to continue and finish his stint.
During the end of the race, some of the WEPOL Racing by penz13.com competitors had the same bad luck that occurred toi happen to the team in the past as well but foremost Laverty, Iddon and Webb made a brilliant job on track – as did the team in the pits. The reward was another podium after already finishing the season opener at the Bol d'Or in last year's September in second position.
First of all I am sorry for my crash in my first stint but I tried as hard as I could on course of the race to make up my mistake. I was lucky the bike didn't get too damaged so I could continue and finish my stint. Considering we had all but not a problem free race, this podium tastes even sweeter. I am happy we made it through in first line, but to stand up there here in Le Mans is a special feeling.
We had some issues and problems, which made it harder for us all , especially when I did head out for my first stint and the handle bar broke after Michael's crash. I am really happy and surprised what professional job the team did and even more I am happy we could bring it home on the podium.
I am over the moon. It was my second 24 hours race and we made it to the podium two times in two races. Not too bad for an Endurance rookie like my, hum? I am sorry I had this little of during my night stint, but it didn't cost us too much. I am simply more than happy we are on the podium again.
What a race! After Michael had his little crash during his first stint, we dropped back in the order completely and now we are on the podium. Of course we had some luck with the bad luck of the others, but also this is Endruance – and also for us not everything went according to plan. But what we as a small private team gained here is something, the whole team can be proud of.