24 at 24, Twice Round the Clock for 2CV Racers

Historic 24th running of iconic and unique Citroën 2CV 24-hour spectacleLegendary event moves to picturesque Anglesey Circuit and is the only 24-hour race in the UK this yearAmazing weekend includes annual meet of 2CVGB – the club for owners of road-going 2CVs

Twenty-four years after its inaugural running, the ‘Professional Motorsport World Expo 2CV’ 24-hour race moves to the beautiful Anglesey Circuit in North Wales on 30-31 August. It will be the only night-and-day endurance motor race in the UK in 2014, and has accrued legendary status in the world of club motor sport.The race has been staged at Snetterton for the past ten years, but now moves to the tight, twisty and challenging layout of Anglesey. Run by the Classic 2CV Racing Club in conjunction with the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC), this celebration marks the end of another superb season of low-cost 2CV motor sport, and with an expected grid of over 30 cars it will certainly be a spectacle to behold.The drivers will undoubtedly face unpredictable weather conditions as well as numerous pit-stops for fuel, tyre and driver changes – not to mention the extreme fatigue that is part-and-parcel of endurance competition.The grid of iconic and colourful 2CVs will form up at 13.00 on Saturday, 30 August, with the field making a rolling start behind the course car as the plucky little French machines begin their toughest test of the year. Races like this are always tricky to forecast, and as the chequered flag falls after two circulations of the clock, any number of drivers could head the pack.Over the arduous non-stop period, every car will make at least 12 routine pit visits, but there will also be engine changes, contact damage and various other issues to be dealt with up and down the pit-lane. Teams consist of three or four drivers, plus mechanics, team managers, refuellers, hospitality staff and many more.The cars may look fairly similar to any road-going Citroën 2CV, but some modifications are permitted. The necessary safety features that apply to any racing car are all present, such as a rollcage, plumbed-in fire extinguisher and safety harnesses. In addition to this, the canvas roof is replaced with a much tougher metal one, and the cars are lowered with stiffened springs to try and help reduce that famous in-corner roll.Engines are near-standard 602cc, but with shortened barrels, lightened flywheels and a special club camshaft. All the cars use the same Toyo tyres which are extremely durable, but if the race stays dry, may need to be changed during the 24 hours of running, prompting some frantic pit action.Of the 120 or so drivers taking part, there is a vast spectrum of age and experience – the youngest is in his teens, the oldest in his seventies. There might also be some famous names competing – notable entrants in the past have included Top Gear legends Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, ex-Stig Ben Collins, Level 42’s Mike Lindup, BTCC boss Alan Gow (a former winner) and erstwhile tin-top racer Eugene O’Brien.Teams to watch out for include last year’s winners, Team Stinky, multiple winners RB Racing and perennial front-runners Tête Rouge and Team Gadget Racing. The race also counts as the final round of the 2CVParts.com Championship, which has been dominated so far this season by long-time 24-hour competitors Team SeaLion.Spectators are encouraged to wander around the pit garages and watch the pit crews in action, whilst those unable to make it to the racetrack can follow the whole event via live webcast at www.2cvracing.org.uk. There is commentary with live video from on-board and pit-lane cameras, plus live timing. The webcast starts at 12.30 on the Saturday.This year’s 24-hour race on the track shares the circuit infield with 2CVGB, the club for owners of road-going 2CVs.They will stage their 36th annual Meeting of Friends over the same weekend and hundreds of 2CVs and their proud owners will be there, enjoying one big party.