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Red Line Oil Teams Succeed Through Grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Team Honda Research West takes the E1 win and Hankook/El Diablo Motorsports and Pure Performance make it on the podium in Red Line equipped BMWs

Red Line-equipped teams covered the podium at the annual 25 Hours at Thunderhill last weekend. Team Honda Research West (THRW) took the E1 class win in its Acura ILX and BMWs from Pure Performance and Hankook/El Diablo Motorsports took second and fourth in the E0 class. The THRW team consisting of drivers Lee Niffenegger, Matthew Staal, Sage Marie, Scott Nicol and Michael Tsay, captured its first 25 Hour win after taking second place in three previous attempts.

"It was a great run by the team," Marie said. "We had a little bit of drama here and there, but overall our pace was really good. The BFGoodrich tires had a lot of grip. They helped to make our pace and our pit cycles very predictable. The Acura ILX is a great race car. The THRW team did an awesome job all weekend. The only real problem we had was a slight over heating problem under the yellows and there were a lot cautions."

The race weekend was almost as successful in the E0 class for the two Red Line equipped BMW teams, Pure Performance Motors and Hankook/El Diablo Motorsports. Second place finisher Pure Performance live-streamed the entire race inside the cockpit of its BMW E46 325i piloted by Daniel Wennerberg, Grand-AM drivers Brett Strom and Mickey Miller, BMW club racers Vic Pizzino and Ralph Warren and Greg Neuwirth rounding out the lineup.

Pure Performance’s entry runs Red Line’s 40WT Race Oil, MTL gear oil, 75W90 GL-5 gear oil in the differential, CV-2 grease in the axles and WaterWetter coolant additive in the radiator. Despite battling a few mechanical issues mid-race, the Hankook/El Diablo Motorsport BMW E36 M3 driven by Scott Smith, Dale Sieveright, Chris McIntire and Jeffrey Remfert fought hard to come back in the second half of the race to cross the finish line in fourth place. “We are incredibly happy with our performance during the race. We managed to both lead our class and run in the top 10 for the first 12 hours, we fought through a number of fluke mechanical failures to stay in the hunt for a podium, but the powertrain ran flawlessly with Red Line products being a huge ingredient throughout the entire race and we set the fastest lap in our class (a 1:53.5) by almost 2 seconds,” said driver Scott Smith. “As an all-amateur team made up of a small group of friends and family, Hankook/El Diablo Motorsports is very proud of this year's effort.”