24H LE MANS 2015

Event report

During this year’s 24-hour race of Le Mans the crew of Eila Events supported the British LMP2 team “Greaves Motorsport” with their Full Service for a period of three weeks. “Greaves” decided for the Hospitality CS/El_001 for this event.

The unit CS_El/001 once again proved to be the right choice for this event and eila was able to support and supply the team, sponsors and guests with their excellent service as usual. Since “Greaves Motorsport” started with only one LMP2-class car this year, the size of the chosen unit also proved to be the perfect format for the assigned space in the narrow paddock of Le Mans.

Despite of the strong support of the hospitality team, the race, unfortunately, turned out to be disappointing for the Greaves Motorsport team with their Gibson 015S LMP2-class Prototype powered by a Nissan aggregate. After 6 hours the car with the starting number 41 dropped out of the race due to a defect battery and had to abandon.
Before this, the crew, the driver and the car had proven that the pace was given for a strong performance. After a great qualifying lap two days before, driven by Jon Lancaster, they started the race from position 3. There again the driver Jon Lancaster was able to establish himself in the top group of the LMP2 field, and after a strong stint -  ranking on third position – he handed the steering wheel over to Gary Hirsch, the Le Mans-experienced Swiss. Soon after the 6th hour of the endurance classics had started, Hirsch had to lead the car into the run-off area shortly behind the famous Dunlop bend. The battery being essential for the drive was defect. What was happening then was certainly as impressive as the race itself: Greaves Motorsport with their driver Gary Hirsch wasn’t willing to give up easily. For two hours Hirsch was trying to solve the problem being seated on the roll-over bar of his open prototype. From the track side and via mobile phone his crew gave him corresponding instructions because the radio communication was also not functioning any more owing to the defect battery. This great determination to continue and not to surrender, to try everything in order to be able to drive on somehow is a great spirit of sportsmanship and was also being valued accordingly in the radio and TV comments. Finally the serious problems, unfortunately, could not be solved and the car with the number 41 was ultimately forced to give up after a long fight.
Despite the setback Team Principal Tim Greaves and Team Manager Jacob Greaves assured to continue the hard work to come back to the remaining races of the European Le Mans 2015 Series in which the team is represented this year. After a first victory in Silverstone and a 4th place in Imola it’s not difficult to believe that the Gibson-Nissan will continue to fight for further victories.