Algarve Classic Festival Friday 19th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 - Algarve, Portugal
F1 USA Grand Prix Friday 19th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 - Austin, Texas
F1 Mexican Grand Prix Thursday 25th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018 - Mexico City, Mexico
Imola Classic Friday 26th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018 - Imola, Italy
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix Thursday 8th November 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Thursday 22nd November 2018 to Sunday 25th November 2018 - Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Once more a sweltering weekend, the 2018 Le Mans Classic brought back the searing temperatures of 2016. Growing once more from the last event, 700 competition cars and 1000+ drivers took to the infamous circuit over the weekend. The bi-annual Classic sees the local roads closed to form the full, 8.5 mile circuit. Even with the chicanes added in to the Mulsanne straight, the faster grid cars were seeing top speeds of 180mph +.
Unlike the 24 hour event in June, the Classic sees 6 different grids compete in 3 races plus qualifying, with races lasting on average 45 minutes. These were joined by sightseeing laps and a high speed demonstration with a full grid of Global Endurance Legends cars, seeing the likes of the Mclaren F1, Toyota GT-One, and of course the DK Engineering supported 575GTC and Prodrive 550 GTS taking to the track over the weekend. With over 135,000 attendees, the paddock, grandstands and corners were brimming from Friday to Sunday evening. Over 200 car clubs brought an additional 8500 cars to the infield, with a large presence from both Porsche celebrating their 70th and of Alpine's 40th anniversary of outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Both James and Harvey saw competition over the weekend. James piloting 1MUF, GT40 P/1029 alongside Joe Twyman, who saw fierce competition in the form of David Hart, Diogo Ferrao and Shaun Lynn also in GT40s. Said competition with a P1, P1 & P3, plus an unfortunate time penalty still resulted in a podium finish and fantastic 3rd place overall. Unfortunately mechanical issues with the Tojeiro- Jaguar put it out of the running early on whilst at the hands of a great friend of DK Engineering, Max Girardo. Harvey also competed in the Grid 3 races alongside a customer in the Lotus XV purchased via DK Engineering last year.
The images in the gallery below were shot by official event photographers; Matthieu Bonnevie, Pierre-Yves Riom, Pascal Saivet, Laurent Cartalade, Kristof Vermeulen, Christophe Jouniaux & Luke Gilbertson.