HEREFORD-based Saxon Motorsport – featuring drummer Neil Primrose from rock band Travis –were left frustrated but encouraged by their efforts at the Silverstone 24 hour endurance race.

The Cotswold BMW-supported car led the race for 19 laps early in the evening, before mechanical problems delayed their progress in the early hours of the following morning.

“The car was the fastest on track for much of the race which proves it has exciting potential for future events," said Primrose.

Ultimately, the team were halted before the 23rd hour was complete, with Primrose bringing the car into the pits while challenging for sixth place, having dropped to 23rd overnight.

Chief engineer Jon Taylor added: "Endurance race car development is all about eliminating the weakest link.

"We knew we were fast enough, now we know what areas we have to improve for next time."

Jon Watkins, parts advisor for Cotswold Motor Group, Hereford, was keen to express the company’s support for future races.

"The team is due to compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race in Germany over the weekend of May 27 to 29 before moving on to the Slovakia Ring in mid-June," said Watkins.

"We are confident that the team will show their true potential at these classic motorsport venues.”