AUDI LE MANS WIN­NER SET FOR CARS IN THE CLAYDONS EVENT Selec­tion of some of the Ger­man mar­que’s finest to go on pub­lic dis­play GT man Bryant gets Fun Cup 25 Hours seat

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

GT racer Oliver Bryant will com­pete in an­other day-long en­durance race this week­end as he re­turns to the 25 Hour Fun Cup race at Spa.

Af­ter his re­cent ninth in the GTE Am class on his Le Mans 24 Hours de­but, he will now re­turn to more fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. Bryant has been a reg­u­lar in the Fun Cup event in re­cent sea­sons and has taken three class wins.

He will be part of the Team Tiger en­try along with Ben Beighton, Chloe Noyce – whose fa­ther pre­pares the car – and Wil­liam Plant, who he has coached in the GT Cup.

“We were lead­ing the Petrol class at 0500hrs last year when we were brake tested by one of the Bel­gian cars,” said Bryant. “We are in one of the old­est cars so we’re slow­est in a straight­line but quicker round the cor­ners.

“It’s a great event and al­ways good fun. It’s in­cred­i­ble you can do the whole race on one set of road tyres, which is why it’s such good value.”

Bryant will be joined in the race by fel­low GT racer Jade Ed­wards, who will be part of the Kinetix Mo­tor­sport en­try. Bri­tish tour­ing car driv­ers Tom In­gram and Ste­wart Lines will also be on the grid. Audi UK will pro­vide a range of rac­ing ma­chin­ery for James Beck­ett’s in­au­gu­ral Cars in the Claydons event on Septem­ber 3, head­lined by its 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours win­ner.

The Audi R18 e-tron qu­at­tro LMP1 ma­chine will be the cen­tre of a large dis­play from the Ger­man mar­que in the new event, which is held at the historic Clay­don Es­tate in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Other mod­ern cars will in­clude an R8 Le Mans pro­to­type and an R8 LMS Ul­tra GT3. Frank Biela’s A4, and Stir­ling Moss’s Audi 80 Bri­tish tour­ing cars will also be on dis­play.

The event will also have an en­durance rac­ing fea­ture, in­clud­ing a 1950s As­ton Martin DBR1, Jaguar D-type and Pre-war Bent­leys.

“I’m good friends with Dave Ward at Pro­gres­sive Mo­tor­sport and they’ve played a very big part in get­ting this col­lec­tion do­nated by Audi,” said Beck­ett. “Lo­cally the event is be­ing very well talked about, but hav­ing cars like this on dis­play to the pub­lic, for them to get up close and per­sonal with, will be a big draw.

“I have high hopes for the fu­ture of Cars in the Claydons and I am work­ing with Ni­cholas and Alexan­dra Ver­ney to make this hap­pen. Hope­fully one day we can run the cars on the roads around the es­tate too. The Clay­don Es­tate has been home to the Ver­ney fam­ily since 1620, and Florence Nightin­gale used to live at Clay­don House. Now you can visit, have a wan­der around the stun­ning pri­vate gar­dens and then poke around a mod­ern LMP1 car parked on the lawn. Where else of­fers that?”

Tick­ets for the event are priced at £8 in ad­vance or £10 on the gate and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at clay­don­es­tate.co.uk.

The 2013 Audi R18 will be on dis­play Biela’s A4 Tour­ing Car will also fea­ture at new event Orig­i­nal R8 pro­to­type racer

Bryant will drive a VW

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