Entering into the final handful of events of the 2019 motorsport calendar, James and Harvey both attended the 10th edition of the the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet. Hosted at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the South of France, Ran by Peter Auto and with more than 400 race cars across the grids it is one of France’s premier race meetings.
DK entered their fantastic ex-Carreras Columbia Shelby Cobra into the Sixties Endurance race. Continued development over the course of this season has seen rapid progress in terms of handling and reliability since its debut at Tour Auto in April earlier this year. James and Harvey shared driving duties in the Saturday night race, starting 2nd out of 86 entries. The 2 Hour race which started in the dusk began at a very fast pace - the 3 leading cars swapped places a number of times with Cottingham eventually following the E-Type of Touring car champ Rory Butcher in 2nd, whilst being chased hard by the grey Cobra of Philipp Oettli.
At the driver change the order remained unchanged and James handed over to Harvey who drove off into the dark to chase down William Paul (who had taken over the race leading E-Type). This happened within less than 10 laps and the DK team were in the lead of the race, frankfully a drama free end to the race enabled Harvey to manage the gap to 2nd and cross the line as victors. The 2nd win for the Cobra but the first win for James and Harvey as a team.
By contrast the final round of the 2.0L cup saw James and Harvey competing against each other. Harvey competed alongside his season partner Richard Cook in Richard’s 901, whilst James took a guest drive in John Bennett’s car. With 40 near-identical 911s on the grid, there was certain to be good action over the 90 minute
Championship leader Mark Sumpter ended his season his winning season on the top of the podium. With the reigning champions Smith and Bryant a close second. James and Harvey however had a close battle, an exciting opening few laps tee’d up a 15 lap battle between James and Harvey. Handing over to their respective co-drivers at the half way point Richard Cook, Harvey's team mate, drove well as he has all season to secure their 4th Class win, and a 3rd step on the overall Podium and with it the Gentleman Championship overall win.
The pair will attend the Algarve Classic Festival in just over a weeks time bringing to an end the 2019 motorsports calendar.