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Win some:: Daniel Harper was both a winner and a loser in Germany

Win some:: Daniel Harper was both a winner and a loser in Germany

Win some:: Daniel Harper was both a winner and a loser in Germany

It proved to be a bitter-sweet race weekend for Daniel Harper and his BMW Junior team-mates in the Nürburgring endurance series in Germany.

They lapped up victory on day one of a double-header but their GT3 BMW M6 was eliminated in an accident on day two.

And Harper held his hands up to being responsible for the crash in the closing stages of race two yesterday, the young Hillsborough drive apologising to his team-mates for his error.

“Gutted!” he tweeted afterwards. “Apologies to the whole team and BMW Motorsport. The highs and lows of racing in one weekend.”

The former British Porsche Carrera Cup champion had driven brilliantly a fortnight ago to bring the BMW he shares with Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen home to a first victory, the youngest winners in the series.

And he played a key role again on Saturday when they made it back-to-back wins, commenting: “I can’t believe it! I never imagined we’d go and win two in a row . The car was a pleasure to drive and the whole team did a faultless job. We’re delighted.”

Harper’s joy lasted only 24 hours. Chasing that third win in a row yesterday he was at the wheel when the M6 went off the road and out of the race.

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There were no wins but two podium places for Charlie Eastwood and Wayne Boyd in round four of the European Le Mans series in Italy.

Eastwood took second place in the pro-am category alongside Salih Yuloc and Logan Sargeant in their Racing Team Turkey LMP2 Oreca, finishing seventh overall after an early incident had dropped them back from fifth.

Boyd had finished fourth in the Le Mans Cup round on Saturday and took second place in yesterday’s four-hour race at the Monza Grand Prix circuit to get the United Autosports team back in contention after a difficult start to the defence of their LMP3 title.

Boyd, who had headed to Italy after a podium finish in an IMSA sports car race in America, drove the final stint after Rob Wheldon had taken their Ligier into the lead in the early stages.

Frenchman Edouard Cauhaupe took over for the middle section but slipped back to third before handing over to Boyd. The reigning European and Asian champion closed to within 20 seconds of the winning DKR Engineering Duqueine at the end.

Panis Racing were the overall winners ahead of United’s LMP2 team of Phil Hanson, Tom Gamble and Jonathan Aberdein.


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