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Bill and his boys take top spot after gruelling 25-hour race.

YARM'S Addison family won the first diesel car award in the gruelling 25-Hour race at Spa in Belgium.

Dad Bill plus sons Martin and Rob teamed up for the event with Graham Fennymore and pushed both themselves and their VW Beetle silhouette car to its limits in the demanding endurance test.

"What an experience! It was absolutely unbelievable," said Bill, a twice former Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship winner.

"We didn't know what to expect when we went there because we hadn't done anything like it before.

"The car ran relatively faultlessly. You're flat out for the full 25 hours so it puts a lot of strain on it.

"The alternator dropped off and we spent 50 minutes in the pits fixing it but we got out again.

"We'd spent a lot of time before the race working on things that could be susceptible but there's always a bit of bad luck you can't plan for.

"Ten minutes from the end the throttle started playing up - it was cutting out when you put your foot to the floor but it was okay three-quarters of the way down so we decided to just get it to the end.

"Driving in the dark was unbelievable. You can't see anything up ahead and the two litre petrol cars are so fast!

"The headlights are so bright and they dazzle you as they come up behind you."

Each of the drivers took turns in taking hour-anda-half stints at the wheel for the duration of the race.

"We were limited to putting 30 litres of fuel in at a time," explained Bill, "and that lasted us an hour and a half.

"We jumped two or three cars as the race was coming to an end because we didn't need an extra pit stop.

"We thought we might have miscalculated when we had that problem at the end but fortunately we hadn't ruin out of fuel."

Unfortunately for Bill and his team, however, they didn't actually get to stand on the top step of the podium.

"When our name was called, we were stuck behind a locked door," he explained.

"By the time they opened it, they had moved on to someone else.

"It meant we had to have our own separate presentation."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2015
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