Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol successfully finish 24 Horas de Barcelona car race
The 16th edition of the 24 Horas de Barcelona de Automovilismo-Trofeo Fermí Vélez finished this Sunday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya keeping the excitement until the last hour. The final podium gathered three car makes (Mercedes, Porsche and BMW) and three teams with different nationalities (Swiss, French and Dutch).
But with regards to the internationally most renowned participants in the 24 Horas de Barcelona de Automovilismo-Trofeo Fermí Vélez, the only ones who were able to finish the race were the Espargaró brothers, Pol and Aleix, joined by Jordi Gaig and Ignacio Escofet. After exhausting 24 hours due to countless problems with their Renault Clio Cup, they eventually managed to take the chequered flag in 39th and last position.
During their long journey to reach the finish, they were hit from the back by another participant, which caused a bearing to break. Then they had to stop from 1.30 a.m. to 3.00 a.m. due to an electric failure that forced them to change part of the vehicle’s cabling, and if this wasn’t enough a defect tyre gave them additional hard times. Despite all of the difficulties, both of the Espargaró brothers agreed that “the experience has been fantastic. We are tired, but also happy, because taking part in the 24 Horas has been a lot of fun and we are already thinking about repeating next year. In a car you have much more time to think about what you are going to do as they are slower than the motorbikes, but it has also been incredibly amusing”.
Of the 56 participants taking the start of the race, 17 had to miss the coveted prize of finishing the 24 Horas de Barcelona de Automovilismo-Trofeo Fermí Vélez. They will get a new chance to try it next year.
Source: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya