Despite a bumper grid over well over 2500 teams deciding to enter the iRacing Daytona 24 Hours for 2021, eSports racing outfit eTeam BRIT headed into another round-the-clock adventure this past weekend (January 23rd & 24th, 2021), following on from the team’s efforts at the iRacing 24 Hours of Le Mans last June under the Racing with Autism International banner.
Even with the hefty delays for everyone attempting to register for the event, the #68 BMW M4 GT3 would be piloted by Bobby Trundley, Max Spooner, Sandro Ballesteros, Bradley Brockies and James Hall in Split 25, driving in the same server as drivers including reigning FIA Formula E Champion, Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa and Canadian ace Robert Wickens.
The quintet would end up covering a total of 812 laps around the 3.56-mile-long circuit, having started fifteenth on the gird, and securing their best-ever endurance race finish of second in the GTD class!
Trundley would get the team’s efforts underway with the best start possible, as the Team BRIT driver pushed the car all the way to the lead of the GT3 class, having started down in 15th place. He then handed over to James Hall, who kept the class lead until the fourth hour of the race, where two incidents with a GTD car and an LMP2 car, forced the team to have repairs to be carried putting the team in the pits for 12 minutes.
However, the team would get into their stride with Brockies and Ballesteros also taking their turns, even with this pair being the youngest drivers on the five-man crew, which saw the M4 make its way through the night. This was ahead Spooner starting his first of two double-stints in the car just before 7am UK time, before the big push towards the chequered flag started in earnest.
With just over 6 hours remaining, the team had made their way up to sixth place, a lap behind their two nearest rivals, but there was a real glimmer of hope to get onto the podium for the very first time in 2021. Both Trundley and Spooner would pick up the pace, with the adrenaline running high, with the former being put in the car for the final three stints, which helped the overall result and a fantastic effort for the team.
eTeam BRIT can’t thank both Bobby and driver coach Andy Tucker for their help in getting the team to this fantastic result, with Bobby showing outright brutal speed and consistency, coupled with Andy’s set-up savior faire for allowing the M4 GT3 to be right on the pace, and guiding us the podium for the first time!
Max Spooner – Team Manager
To go from struggling to finish, to top 20s, top 5s and now podiums. It’s amazing to see how this team approaches the challenge of 24-hour endurance racing. Even when we’re several laps down, we keep our head down and focus on the job in hand, which in turn gets us the result. It’s also makes me so proud to read all the messages of support on social media for what we are trying to achieve. Now let’s go to the GTR24H Silverstone 12hr and bring home another good result!
James Hall – Sporting Director
The 2021 Daytona 24 hours was an amazing experience for both myself and eTeam BRIT. We put in a lot of hours practicing and training for this very special challenge. The new BMW M4 GT3 was amazing and thanks to Andy for the help with the set-up, and we stuck to our prepared plan.
“Bobby had an amazing start, going from the back of the GT3 grid to the front in just four laps was astonishing. Everyone hit their marks perfectly, and with everyone doing that we managed to pull off eTeam BRIT’s best result ever!
Andy Tucker – Driver Coach
“I’m really, really proud of the lads for finishing second at the Daytona 24h. I made the set up for the car and the boys drove it’s wheels off, working together to achieve the best result for eTeam BRIT to date. Next up, first place!”
The next stop on the calendar is the fifth round of the eTeam BRIT GT Challenge this coming Friday, which sees Bradley, Sandro, Max, Andy and Bobby go head to head with the likes of 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button, sportscar veteran Alex Buncombe and young Guernsey racer Sebastian Priaulx at the infamous Adelaide street circuit.
You can watch all the action from 1900 UK time this Friday night, via one of the links below: