Adam ChristodoulouFormer UK Formula Renault Champion Adam Christodoulou notched up a proud victory in McLaren’s MP4-12C over the weekend when he was part of the team that secured the car’s first ever 24-hour victory in the 24 Hours of Barcelona.

In its fifteenth year, the 4.6km Circuit de Catalunya track – home of the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix – paid host to this prestigious race, and it also marked the first outright win for a McLaren in a 24 hour endurance race since the LeMans 24 hours in 1995.

The Lapidus racing team comprised of regular teammates, Adam Christodoulou, Klaas Hummel, Tim Mullen and Phil Quaife, who managed to eek out an impressive 12-lap lead by the halfway point in the race.

Only a faulty turbocharger wastegate hindered their progress, yet they rejoined the race in third place having had to painfully sacrifice 19 laps to the pits.

There were some further tense moments on track just before sunrise, but the eventual victory was secured with four-laps in hand, ahead of the Russian Bears Motorsport Ferarri F458 Italia and The Bratislava Porsche in the 51 car race. Despite the earlier set backs, the McLaren managed to tally up an impressive 2,979.2 Kilometres on track in temperatures of over 30 degrees.

At wheel as they passed the chequered flag, Christodoulou later reflected on the race, “It was fantastic to drive a car that is performing so well, the drivers did a stunning job, and all the crew from Lapidus Racing did an unbelievable job and fully deserve it. Its been a great few results we’ve been getting in our debut season as a new team, It’s been a great day. I’m looking forward to doing all again very soon.”