Setting foot upon French soil for the first time, Ash Miller got behind the wheel once again, this time to add to his endurance experience.
Held at Circuit Alain Prost inside the famous La Sarthe 24hour circuit, Miller joined UK team Club73 in support of the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Charity, to bolster the team’s challenge against 50 other teams taking part in the 24th running of the 24hours of Le Mans kart race.
Entering in the hire kart class, Club73’s A team qualified a magnificent 6th in class, boding well for the race ahead. Team captain Clinton Bell opened the team’s challenge with a solid opening stint, followed by similarly strong stints by subsequent drivers to bring Club73’s A-team into contention.
With the team sitting inside the top ten, Miller’s early morning 2am till 4am stint pushed the team up three spots and brought their challenge back to within 5 laps of the overall class lead. Consistently lapping three seconds quicker than the immediate competition and clocking in within half a second per lap for the whole two hours, Miller caught and passed many of the surrounding teams and even gained back a handful of laps on the class leaders.
However, all this hard work was undone just 2 hours later when a tie rod failure pushed the team’s machine down through the order to rejoin some 15 laps down on their position, and put pay to their outright challenge.
“It was a big blow after some great driving from all the guys, but thats how it goes in racing sometimes. You have to be lucky, and have reliability on your side. It was an awesome experience and a great weekend, and it was an honour to be a part of it.”
After a gruelling 24 hours, Club73 came home in 16th position in class, and 34th overall.
“Despite the results, I learned alot. It was confidence boosting to know that we had the pace there to do well, and that I could contribute to the team’s pace.”
A video review on the event will be available to watch shortly.