After John Sykes had reported the car was feeling much better after his night stint, confidence ran high amongst the team as they formed up for the third and final race of Le Mans Classic 2016.
The sad news was however, that owing to the stifling heat the teams and drivers have had to endure Claude Dubois was not feeling well enough to compete. However despite feeling decidedly under the weather he was still very much behind the team and his presence was a privilege indeed. Instead, our very own 'Stig', Chris Ryan returned with Barry Sidery-Smith to take the car to the chequered flag.
It was Chris Ryan who stepped up once again to take the first stint and instantly it was clear that the car was performing much better than his previous outing. Starting much further up the grid , Chris was quick to start gaining places. The lap times were tumbling too, from 6mins 3second laps during Race 1 to his fastest and personal best of the weekend 5.39.7. Quite impressive.
The pace was so intense in fact that not only had Chris climbed to 17th place overall by the time the pit window opened for the compulsory driver change,but he had generated so much tyre temperature, that they were smouldering and smoking whilst stationary!
Barry Sidery-Smith took the wheel and drove with his usual reliable finesse, posting another improved time over his own previous personal best this weekend in the TR with a 5.53 on his opening lap.
Barry brought the car home to applause from the team in the pit lane in a very respectable 21st position out of 61 starters. More poignant to the team was the victory in the unofficial "Triumph class" where the Millers Oils and TR Register Triumph TR3s was the highest placed Triumph in the plateau by quite some margin. A magnificent result in the final race of the weekend for a team that have pulled together and faced some quite difficult challenges with few resources with which to tackle them.
The Millers Oils / TR Register team will be issued our final results and standings after our three rounds later today and of course we will keep you updated as soon as the confirmed results are published by the ACO and Peter Auto. We await final confirmations.