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Sec­ond in the Clas­sic 1000 class of the 2016 Euro­pean Clas­sic En­durance series, this Ger­man team runs a 1978 BMW R100S once used for tour­ing around Europe. Owner Ralf Lewien con­verted the shaft-drive flat-twin into a racer that has Dell’orto pump-jet car­bu­ret­tors, cylin­der bar­rels mod­i­fied for shorter pushrods and a rac­ing sin­gle-plate clutch. Its Silent Hek­tik ig­ni­tion re­places the orig­i­nal al­ter­na­tor with a com­bined gen­er­a­tor and ig­ni­tion pick-up. A bro­ken valve meant fran­tic work be­fore the race, as the team had no backup ma­chine. Ralf and his co-rid­ers To­bias Kage and An­dreas Koll­man droned around the cir­cuit re­li­ably to fin­ish sec­ond in their class and ninth over­all. Their best lap was at 85.69mph.

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