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Drivers brave wacky 24 hour race

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 01:54

It may not look like your standard Formula 1 event, but Britain's 24 hour Citroen 2CV race requires serious skill and endurance. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. It may not look like your standard Formula 1 event, featuring glamourous fast cars and famous drivers, but Britain's 24 hour Citroen 2CV race requires serious skill and endurance. This year's race revved up in Snetterton, Norfolk on Saturday (August 19), with drivers racing through the day and night before finally ending their epic challenge on Sunday (August 20). 24 competitors drove for 706 laps around the three kilometre circuit, with the highest speed recorded at just over 64mph (102kph). One driver advised that the best way to power round the course and gain seconds was to slipstream behind other competitors. Each team had between two and four drivers who took control for a maximum of three hours at a time before having a rest. The 2CV's can run for around two hours with a full 20 litre fuel tank. Pit stops are also a much more arduous affair than the slick changeovers fans are used to seeing in Formula 1. An engine change can take between 10 and 20 minutes and a gearbox fix can also last about ten minutes. The lead changed hand multiple times over the 24 hours but Team Lion 1 (no 97) came in first in the end, despite undergoing three engine changes and 24 pit stops.

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Drivers brave wacky 24 hour race

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 01:54