Le Mans x30 world finals.
With good testing before the event showing great speed the teams hopes were rightly
high when arriving in le mans for the race.
And as the test days unfolded this proved itself with pace that would see us right
at the front from both Brett Ward and Ollie Varney. With other senior drivers Davey
Shepherd and Luke Van Harwarde gradually improving session by session.
Qualifying saw this continue with Ward taking p2 and varney p4 in group. Which would
mean Ward would start pole for most of his heats and varney on row 3. Not bad from
144 drivers. Shepherd and Van Harwarde would secure mid pack starts.
The heats started well with Ward never out of the top 4 and Varney a few places back.
First race friday saw Ward get hit clean off at the start resulting in a Non finish
which would in turn cost him a front 2 row start in the grand final. Varney
continued with solid finishes. Shepherd at time just outside the top 10 but also at
times becoming involved in incidents, a similar story with van Harwarde.
In finals day warm up ward was p2 so hopes were still high. But in the pre final
both droped to nearly last after a crash at turn 1. Then a great drive back to 17th
and 18th with 2nd and 3rd fastest lap times still on old tyres when many had gone
new meant there was still a chance.
Ward in the grand final was again driven over at the start and damaged his exhaust
meaning a retirement. Varney had a good start but the new set of tyres just not
working well he eventually finished a creditable 14th.
Who know where Ward would have finished if he had started further forward as his
results and speed deserved. Certainly in the race thats for sure. But thats
Also mention for Rached Ghanhem in juniors from lebanon who improved greatly through
testing. Qualifyied mid pack a had some great heats at times with pace inside the