Blancpain president and chief executive Marc A. Hayek and his co-driver Peter Kox celebrated this weekend after the duo were placed in top rank during the Blancpain Endurance series race event at Silverstone.
After more than three hours of racing, the Blancpain team climbed on the top rank in the PRO-AM category, having started in seventh position. Overall, Hayek and Kox finished in fourth place against a host of professional drivers and a field of 53 cars.
Hayek said: “My car was handling well and I had a lot of fun. In the wet, there can be as much grip off line as on, so I decided to go for it.”
His co-driver Peter Kox said that he had been “holding his breath” during Hayek’s final part of the race but said his driving was brilliant as he made a late charge for fourth place overall.
“Marc obviously has a very busy other life away from the track. He has not done a lot of running so his performance today was impressive. It was the perfect result for the team,” explained Kox.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo arrived in Silverstone for rounds three and four of the 2012 European series. Wet conditions failed to damp the spirits of the Pro Am and Am competitors, with more than half the 17-strong grid challenging within the Am category of the gentleman driver series.
Sunday’s race was won by the Swiss driver Cédric Leimer of Autovitesse Garage R Affolter.
The next Blancpain Race weekend will take place in Paul Ricard HTTT, France over the weekend of June 30.