Phase One take title lead at Oschersleben 24 Hours
The British Phase one team have finished second at the Oschersleben 24 Hour round of the World Endurance Championship. This moves them into first place in the championship with one round left.
The race was eventually won by the French Yamaha GMT94 team of Sebastian Scarnato, Serafino Foti and David Checa, riding a Yamaha R1. The team was one of five that fell on the second lap, but a combination of fast pitwork and consistently quick lap times put them back in contention.
Phase One actually led the race overnight, but were reeled in by the French team, resulting in a battle between Jason Pridmore on the Suzuki, and Checa on the Yamaha. After a rider change, Josh Hayes had a minor spill, dropping the British team back three laps.
Third place went to last years’ Oschersleben winners, Endurance Moto 38, who also fought their way back from the same second lap incident which hindered GMT94. Fourth went to the Zongshen No 2 bike, after their teammates on the Zongshen No 1 machine crashed out of contention. Fifth went to the Swiss Kawasaki Bolliger team.
The Phase One Jnr team also finished, lying in eleventh place at the flag, with Jessop, Carr and Fincher. Both the British Trackdaze bikes also finished, with Trackdaze 10 in 22nd and Trackdaze 11 in 34th.
A total of 40 teams finished the event. The championship will now be decided at the final round of the year, the Vallelunga 200 on October 5, with Phase One leading the championship on 139 points from Zongshen 1 on 116.
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