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"I knew I was going to be in the car around 4.30pm as we were all starting with single stints. As an endurance driver, I don’t have rituals before I get in the car. You can’t easily do that in a 24-hour event, as you’d have to do it a few times! It’s just not realistic so I just make sure that I’m in the garage three laps before the car gets there and as you’ll see later, that’s a good rule to have."
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Peter and his FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 team finished in 15th place at the Nürburgring's ADAC 24h Race last weekend (May 12-13) in some of the "Green Hell's" harshest weather conditions imaginable. Once again, the race proved to be a brutal on the cars, with extremely slippery track conditions in both the day and night.
Having qualified in 21st position, Peter and team mates Stef Dusseldorp, Alexandre Imperatori and Jens Klingmann suffered electrical problems in the first few hours of the race. Prior to nightfall, they had dropped down to 44th place, four laps down on the leaders, but managed to climb up to 15th by the chequered flag the following day. All were glad to cross the line and celebrate a solid performance.
Peter will be back at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for VLN3 in June.
FALKEN has made a stop-motion video with Playmobil, which you can watch by clicking the image above.
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Peter will rejoin the FIA World Endurance Championship commentary team for the Le Mans 24 hour race in June (16th and 17th). He will work shifts alongside Martin Haven, Allan McNish, Louise Beckett, Graham Goodwin, Toby Moody, Julian Porter and former team mate and WEC driver, Karun Chandhok.
The world feed broadcast will be shown on the WEC’s official app.
Peter will join FALKEN again in 2018 in what is his 15th year at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and his 12th with FALKEN. He will compete in selected rounds of the VLN endurance championship and of course, the famous ADAC 24h Race in May.
As in 2017, Peter will drive the BMW M6 GT3, partnering with Alexandre Imperatori (CH) and Stef Dusseldorp (NL). The trio will be joined by Jens Klingmann (D). The car is powered by a 4.4l V8 twin-turbo engine with up to 430 kW (585 hp).
It's become an institution. Sit back and watch the movie!
Peter will be turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Saturday July 1st, taking the new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro up the famous hill. The AMR version of the track-only Vulcan was unveiled at Goodwood today. The car's upgrades include aerodynamic changes and shortened gearing and can be enjoyed by Aston Martin's 24 Vulcan customers. Peter has been part of the Aston Martin Vulcan programme for two years.
Here is an article from Automobile magazine of Jethro Bovingdon's first drive of the new car.
Peter will be at the wheel of an Aston Martin Vulcan this weekend (June 3rd and 4th) at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb British Racing Green event.
Crowds can expect to see Vulcan take to the hill twice on each day, alongside the venue’s regular hill climb competition and Midland Hill Climb Championship. Peter has been part of the Vulcan programme for the past two years.
For more details, also of how to attend the event, please visit the Shelsley Walsh website.
Peter and the FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 crew finished in 8th place at the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24-hour race (May 27-28). Despite a disappointing qualifying session (they started 37th) and with only a couple of issues during the race, the car was the third-placed BMW and engaged in close battles for position right until the chequered flag. The race was dry and warm until four laps from the end when rain started to fall and many positions in the top 10 changed hands in the closing minutes.
This was Peter’s 10th “N24” with FALKEN and his 14th overall, coming just two weeks after Peter set the production car lap record of the Ring. This year, Peter switched from the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R to the team's brand new BMW M6 GT3 and was joined by team mates Alexandre Imperatori, Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp. Watch out for Peter and FALKEN as they continue racing in selected VLN races in the rest of the year.
In the build up to the race, FALKEN made much of the competition between its Porsche and BMW. In the early hours of the race, the Porsche was unfortunately irreparably damaged in a collision with another car, effectively handing the Team FALKEN victory to Peter and the BMW crew. Here are some funny videos of the pre-race competitions between Peter and Raggi (Porsche driver, Martin Ragginger).
Round 1: fitness
Round 2: colouring in while drifting
Round 3: remote control cars
Round 4: Bobby car racing