East Devon race team in 'history-making' 24hr Race at Silverstone.
PUBLISHED: 19:18 12 May 2019
The Edge Motorsports Race Team took part in the history-making Citroen C1 24Hr race at Silverstone, coming a credible 36th out of 100 entries.
The event, organised by the British Automobile Racing Club and the Citroen C1 Club, was unique in that it was the first event anywhere in the UK to field an entry of 100 cars and over 450 drivers.
Formed in mid-2018, the team, based in Seaton, has raced in several C1 events to prepare the drivers for this endurance event.
Two of the team drivers, Ryan Edgcumbe and Ellis Bee, are already familiar with driving at a competitive level having both raced karts at Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club, near Honiton, for over 10 years with great success.
The move to cars has been a natural progression for the two Seaton born lads and the Citroen C1 single class championship has provided them with their new motorsport challenge.
After an impressive eighth place finish at Croft in March, confidence in the team was high. Qualifying was a challenge for Bee, who had never driven the full GP circuit before, let alone take the challenge on at night!
However, he put in some clean laps as did the more experienced Edgcumbe, despite the weather conditions deteriorating.
The best the team could do was P70, but the team were sure that they would push up the table during the race.
The race began on the Saturday with a 5.30pm start time with team manager, Jim Bee, overseeing the race from the 'holding area'.
The Edge Motorsport moved up the places peaking at P30 at around 4am in the morning! A spin by one of the team drivers and a broken auxiliary belt cost the team 17 laps and dropped them down to 55th place, but was the only drama that Roy Beal, a Seaton based mechanic at RPM Services, had to deal with apart from a couple of wheel changes for fresh rubber.
In the final six hours of the race, driving duties were left to Ryan and Ellis and both lads were faultless. Whilst others were losing their heads and body panels, they used every ounce of their karting experience to keep out of trouble and keep the car on the track.
As the chequered flag dropped in this historic race at an iconic British circuit The Edge Motorsport crossed the line in 36th place.
Special thanks must go to Team Principals, Mark Edgecumbe and Julien Daniel, for building an outstandingly reliable and competitive race car and to the rest of the team for supporting the drivers on track.
Any local companies wanting to get in touch regarding sponsoring the team can contact Mark through the teams Facebook page, The Edge Motorsport.