Unfortunately, its 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 campaign came to a premature end due to reliability issues; nevertheless, it didn’t dampen the spirit within the TRICO camp, as trophies were lofted high on podiums at both the historic Knockhill track and Circuito del Jarama, in Spain.
To Le Mans first, the anticipation of TRICO’s return, where it played a pivotal role in helping Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver win the 1969 race, was palpable, and it was with immense pride that the TRICO logos clothed the Gulf-liveried DragonSpeed LMP1 challenger.
However, a repeat of the famous victory 50 years ago was not to be, as the car came to a stop close to midnight, almost nine hours into the race; however, senior brand and product manager, Sam Robinson, was not too disheartened with the outcome:
“That’s motor racing!” he said. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of success in motor racing over the years, and while we would’ve liked our Le Mans journey to have ended in a different way, I cannot thank the team and drivers enough for their efforts – it’s been extraordinary to be involved in such a prestigious race.”
Despite the natural disappointment, emotions spun the other way, as TRICO, alongside Tockwith Motorsports (TMS), celebrated victories in both the Junior Saloon Car and GT4 South European series’.
Jemma Moore was in imperious form, as she secured a victory and second-place in her two races, as she maintained her title challenge with only four rounds to go at Mallory, Anglesey, Cadwell Park and the series finale at Brands Hatch.
Meanwhile, TRICO and TMS were also racing in Spain, as Marmaduke Hall and Eddy Moore competed in round two of the inaugural championship.
In hot conditions, the pair were in scintillating form, as they beat GTC rivals to win race one.
Luck wasn’t on their side in race two, but top spot on the podium earlier in the day meant the team headed back to TMS headquarters in high spirits.
Sam was in equally high spirits after the weekend’s racing: “It’s a weekend like this that epitomises why TRICO chose to be involved in motor racing; there’s an unpredictability to it, of course, and there are some inevitable lows, but Jemma, Marmaduke and Eddy showed what tremendous highs motorsport can provide.”
Next up for TRICO is round-five of the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship, which takes place at Oulton Park, on Saturday 22nd June.