VLN with Dale: Time For Tea?


This video is from last month, and I shot it during VLN round six, an epic six-hour race at the Nurburgring. Looking back, I'm overjoyed that we finished the race in one piece. The conditions in that drama were the same as they are today; leave the pits on fresh wets under a wall of torrential rain only to find the rest of the 24km circuit bone dry within minutes.

At one point you can see me darting from wet patch to wet patch in effort to reduce the heat in the delicate rain tyres. And woe betide the driver who changes to slicks, because he's guaranteed to find a flood out there somewhere. Of over 200 entries, fewer than 150 actually crossed the line. Our team was delighted to finish, so the second place in class still just feels like a bonus.

This weekend is the seventh VLN race of 2013, and there are still three more to go. I predict it will be a typical Nürburgring saga. Man and machine pushed to the limits through wind, fog and rain. If you want to watch it, you should be able to logon from 1045h (UK time) here.

I'm not sure how much of our little Rent4Ring BMW 125i (#506) you'll be able to see amongst the Porsches, Astons and AMGs, but we will be out there. Wish us luck!

Vid here.
 

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  • Matt UK 13 Sep 2013

    Fantastic and congratulations!

    I really liked the 5 min film - have you got any raw race footage? Maybe a lap or two lurking on youtube somewhere without the music and clever edits?

  • Dale Lomas 13 Sep 2013

    Hi mate, lots of videos on the team channel; http://www.youtube.com/rent4ring

    Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPnRhF4BfA

  • Mr.Jimbo 13 Sep 2013

    Love that video, I've worked a few VLNs from the pits (Jag XFS) including the 24hr last year when we won our class. The first half of the video really captures the great atmosphere you only seem to get at the VLN... It's like a theatre, monumental highs, moments when all seems lost and euphoric nail biting unknowns... You leave destroyed, tired, filthy and hopefully ecstatic with a massive grin on your face, brilliant.

  • Mr.Jimbo 13 Sep 2013

    Love that video, I've worked a few VLNs from the pits (Jag XFS) including the 24hr last year when we won our class. The first half of the video really captures the great atmosphere you only seem to get at the VLN... It's like a theatre, monumental highs, moments when all seems lost and euphoric nail biting unknowns... You leave destroyed, tired, filthy and hopefully ecstatic with a massive grin on your face, brilliant.

  • NGK210 13 Sep 2013

    Great vid. Like it when the 1 passes the 911 at Carousel(?) - GIRFUY!

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