HEREFORD-based Saxon Motorsport had a mixed weekend at the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.

Having won their class in May, the team returned to the circuit with two cars for a two hour sprint race.

Team owner Nick Barrow and regular driver Jamie Morrow drove the development five-litre V10 petrol BMW 1 Series, with Tom Barrow, Ellis Hadley and Martin Bingham competed in a newly-built two-litre diesel in the first stage of qualifying.

With backing from Cotswold BMW Hereford and GiTi Tyres, the drivers performed flawlessly, winning their alternative fuels class and completing the necessary number of race laps towards their licences.

In the BMW 150, a recently serviced fuel injector caused an engine failure during the Friday practice session, resulting in the Saxon engineers working all night to fit a replacement V10 engine.

The new unit performed well, with the drivers running towards a potential podium finish.

But Nick Barrow was forced off line by a faster car and made contact with the barrier.

The impact bent the suspension components and brought the team's race to a halt.

However, Saxon say they were encouraged by both cars' potential and will back at the Nurburgring to continue the qualification process for their latest drivers and develop the 150 V10 on August 20.