The second round of the Blancpain Endurance series took place at Silverstone, Towcester, United Kingdom over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend 2nd-3rd June 2012.
The Blancpain Endurance Series is host to eleven brands of Car manufacturers. Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mclaren. Mercedes, Nissan and Porsche.
The opening round which took place at Monza was won by the BMW Z4 driven by Markus Palttala/ Bas Leinders/ Maxime Martin. Prior to the start of the race, The winner of round one Bas Leinders (Marc VDS BMW No 3) said.
We won last year at Silverstone but we recognize that the opposition has become tougher so victory again will be tough. We are missing a little bit of straight-line speed this year but as we know the car should be strong at Silverstone so we are definitely aiming for a good result.
We recorded an unexpected fourth place finish at the Nurburging 24 Hour Race so we are in confident mood. I really like Silverstone – particularly the high-speed sections of Becketts and Copse and flying into Stowe. With the new GT3 cars there is enough down force to give you the confidence to be a bit brave in the fast corners.
The race at Silverstone was no different to Monza with the BMW Z4 dominating throughout the race with competition from the Audi R8 LMS Ultra’s. The race was won by the No 3 BMW Z4, second and third place was No 2. and No 1. Audi R8 LMS Ultra after completing 73 laps within the three hour race.
After the race Bas Leinders(Marc VDS BMW No.3) stated:
Statistics will say that we will not continue winning, of course not. The opposition is still there, the Audi cars are very strong, McLarens, Mercedes and others as well will come and challenge us, but at the same time I think the Marc VDS team are a very concentrated. We are focused on only one championship, which is the Bancpain Endurance Series. Every day we get a little bit stronger, we practice every day, we do a lot of simulation and a lot of testing. All the team work extremely well together.
Hayek is da Boss, the Lambo in the first picture won the Amateur class, driven by Mark Hayek, the CEO of the Watchmaker company that gives its name to the series. He had the fastest times among the amateurs.