Demarchi claims maiden podium on his debut in the Britcar Series‏

Second in class behind the wheel of the BMW M135 Diesel-GPL hybrid entered by Saxon Motorsport..The British Dunlop Sports and Touring Car Championship began at Silverstone last Saturday, with Luca Demarchi on the entry list, and the only Italian among the participants. This season  Demarchi is exploring new horizons after several years participating in the Spanish Endurance Championship.

 BMW M135 features an Diesel-LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) hybrid engine developed by Ecomotive Solutions in collaboration with Saxon Motorsport. The six-cylinder and 2,000cc engine built by BMW produces 345hp using diesel but reaches 370hp with the GPL. The liquefied petroleum gas reduces air pollution and running costs.

This weekend was a typical of weather in the United Kingdom, almost wintry temperatures and changeable conditions saw Demarchi´s debut at Silverstone. On Friday, the Italian driver ran on dry-weather tyres as there was no rain, and it was very positive as he was able to put valuable experience under his belt and working on set-up changes. Then, on Saturday, a damp track welcomed the drivers as it rained overnight.

Demarchi felt comfortable immediately with the car and, on a drying circuit was able to switch from wet tyres to slicks.  After two first good sectors, Demarchi spun and it prevented him from improving his 5th in class. The race got underway at 12.45 in the drizzle and Luca passed two cars at the start, proving his solid driving skills in wet conditions. His race pace was good enough to take second place on the podium despite a long list of experienced  competitiors.

“We have made a good start”, Demarchi underlines, “because our goal just before the race was made it to the finish. But was the race was started in wet conditions, I noticed my race pace was quite good and without taking risks. I climbed to second and managed to defend my place until the end. Our diesel-gas project is the first of its kind in the world and arrived with some doubts, mainly because our preseason testing started very late, in December. I would like to thank my new team, Saxon Motorsport, and Ecomotive Solutions their great work. Now we have scheduled another test day at Donington Park, just before the second round in Zandvoort. We will test some improvements, let´s see how they work and how reliable the hybrid engine is in a race simulation”.

 BMW M135 features an Diesel-LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) hybrid engine developed by Ecomotive Solutions in collaboration with Saxon Motorsport. The six-cylinder and 2,000cc engine built by BMW produces 345hp using diesel but reaches 370hp with the GPL. The liquefied petroleum gas reduces air pollution and running costs.


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