RAM Racing finished the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard in second place with its Gulf-liveried Mercedes AMG GT3, following a nail-biting battle under the heat of the midday sun.
Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (DE) were joined by Jamie Campbell Walter (GB) and Dan Brown (GB) for the twice-around-the-clock event that is the fourth round of the 24H Series.
With outstanding lap times, no penalties and no incidents, the quartet climbed from their starting positon of eighth up to second, as the sun set over Le Castellet. However, in the dark of night, the gremlins came out and three unscheduled stops were made for brake pads and a throttle issue.
After the crew solved the problems, they were 15 laps down and back down in eighth, but they never gave up and, as sun and air temperature rose, so did RAM Racing’s standings in the race.
In the final two hours, the second to fourth place cars were all embroiled in a fierce battle, with RAM Racing swapping places with the #11 Ferrari several times.
When the chequered flag fell, it was the #30 Mercedes AMG GT3 that came closest to the winning Porsche, that had dominated the race from the green flag, and the RAM Racing crew celebrated keeping their 24 Hours of Paul Ricard podium record.
“We wanted to come here and retain our 2015 race win title, but the Porsche was just untouchable,” commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “The lads did exactly what we needed them to do – no penalties, no incidents and consistently quick lap times – and that’s why we were able to fight at the front. The problems with the car were small but out of our control and the crew resolved them as fast as anyone could have.
“Although the entire team is delighted with the result, our thoughts are with the victims of the Nice terrorist attacks that took place up the coast from here on Wednesday evening."