Bad luck in Barcelona

The Hankook 24H Barcelona did unfortunately not give the results Insight Racing hoped for. An exploded wheel bearing caused much damage and ended the race early for the danish team.

Circuit de Catalunya, Spain – September 4th, 2017

Everything looked promising after about 60 minutes of the Hankook 24H Barcelona for Insight Racing Denmark, but endurance racing can be cruel, and it was indeed the case this weekend.

Friday got off to a disappointing start as the qualifying was halted by multiple yellow flags at the last part of the session, meaning that the strategy didn’t go to plan. Our plan was to post a couple of quick laps towards the end of the 60 minute session, but that didn’t work out.

– I guess we are all a bit disappointed about this weekend. We never had the chance to show the pace our car was capable of in qualifying, as the yellow flags interupted our attempts. A great shame as we had a really good car, Martin Jensen says.

Night practice on friday. Photo: Petr Frýba

An interupted race:

In the glorious sunshine on saturday, driving team owner Martin Jensen had his work cut out. Starting from 17th on the grid, he had to get the car into the rythm early on – whilst taking as many positions as possible. The JAS Honda Civic TCR car once again proved its consistency on the tires, and Martin got off to a great start. In the first hour, he made his way up to 9th in the standings, but right after the one hour-mark, disaster struck.

Jensen had to pit early after a wheel bearing exploded – breaking just about everything on the rear left corner on the car. It happened under braking into turn 1, and the dane had a big moment saving the car. Martin Jensen managed to get the car back to the pits, but the damage soon proved to be impossible to repair on-site.

Martin Jensen driving at the race start in Barcelona. Photo: Petr Frýba

– We had a strong setup for the race. It seemed that the car needed a bit of time to make the tires work at the beginning of the stint, but from that point it really picked up the pace, and I was able to run at a very competitive pace towards the end of the stint – where most other cars in the class started to struggle, Martin Jensen explains.

He adds:
– We hoped the gentle tire degradation could become an advantage later on, but we never managed to get that far. I have never seen a wheel bearing exploding like this on a front wheel drive car before.

– We are obviously very disappointed. We did everything imagineable to get replacement parts, but we had no luck. Having to retire because of something like this is even more sad given that our squad did such a great job throughout. All four of us were within six tenths on average, which is really good.

Insight Racing on the grid in Barcelona. Photo: Petr Frýba

The final event for Insight Racing Denmark this year is the 24H Series event at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The race is held on November 10th-12th.

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