A troubled 24H debut for Insight Racing at Paul Ricard

The new Insight Racing Honda Civic TCR showed promising pace in its first outing, but the danish outfit was eventually halted by technical issues.

Paul Ricard, France – May 7th 2017

Insight Racing got off to a flying start in the 24H Series at Paul Ricard after showing promising pace in practice and qualifying. On the starting grid, heavy rain was followed by dense fog, and the 24 hour race started under Code 60 as a safety precaution.

From P3 in class, starting right behind the Car Collection Motorsports Audi and Modena Motorsports Seat Leon, Martin Jensen made his way through the difficult conditions as the rain eased and the track subsequently began to dry.

Martin handed over the car in P2, and was replaced by the 16-year old Marcus Påverud. The norwegian is by far the youngest driver in the 24H Series, and he showed great pace in his first ever stint, driving his way into the lead of the TCR category during his stint. Marcus was followed by Joakim Frid and Frederik Schandorff, who both delivered consistent laptimes in the close competition in the TCR category.

Ready on the grid.

A failing head gasket ended the run

About six hours in, problems began to occur on the Civic. First, the car picked up heavy vibrations in the transmission, which was caused by a failing driveshaft. It was replaced and the car got better. We regained momentum, but two hours later, Martin Jensen had to stop the car in the middle of his second stint due to engine problems. The head gasket had gone, and the car had to retire from the race.

Martin Jensen:
– Over all, the weekend has been really good for us. We went here knowing that we had some hard work in front of us, fine tuning our new car. After the practice sessions, we came out fastest, and we have shown that the Civic is a very capable car in terms of pace. We are now working with JAS Motorsport to get the reliability and sort out the technical problems that put an early end to our race.

Frederik Schandorff:
– It was a great experience to race here. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of laps in the car due to our technical issues, but the car was pretty quick, and I’m very happy with the stint I did.

Marcus Påverud:
– I’ve learnt a lot over the weekend. It’s really cool to be the youngest 24H-driver, and this has given me a lot of new experience.

Joakim Frid:
We were quick and did a good job on the track, so it was really unfortunate that we lost out on technical problems. The four of us were really quick and the car felt really good until the engine broke. I would like to thank everyone at Insight Racing and my sponsors for making this possible!