Starting from the back of the grid following a failed daytime qualifying session, Chris Ryan had a lot of work to do to climb the Triumph TR3S up the field, an almost monumental task and lining up on the grid with them it was clear to see just how far in front the rival TR teams were.
As this was the first race for our grid of the weekend, the traditional Le Mans start as used in period was retained. This required the cars to line up along the pit straight in a herringbone pattern with the drivers on the opposite side. As the whistle blew, there was a mad dash across the fiercely hot tarmac to jump in the car, belt up and roar off.
If anyone had the idea that being fast at this didn't matter because on the following lap the cars would form up behind the safety car for the more modern rolling start - nobody had told our driver Chris Ryan!
He shot across the track and was one of the first cars away, passing dozens of competitors along the way. Much like Top Gear's "The Stig" we think Chris only has one mode - FAST!
It was to set the tone for the rest of the race, by the end of lap 1 Chris had climbed 16 places. By lap 2 Chris had posted his fastest lap time and had absolutely smashed his qualifying time (6.15.03) with a time of 6.03.574.
Later on during lap 3 Chris managed an overtake through the Porsche Curves on the number 32 TR3 of Berchon/Brayard/Leduc and would hold that lead to come in for compulsory driver change as the top TR.
Next in the car was Barry Sidery - Smith, who first raced at Le Mans for MG in 1964. Barry is familiar with the car from previous campaigns here at Le Mans but had not driven it since 2014, However, the octaganerian proved his extraordinary talent once again to push on to hold Chris Ryans lead over the next fastest TR3 and his 31 positions gained in just 4 laps.
Pos 31 out of 61 with an average speed of 135kph.
Winner of Race 1 in the unofficial TR class.