Duncan Tappy beats illness to secure first ever Blancpain podium for ART GP and McLaren GT

Duncan Tappy recovered from debilitating illness at the Nurburgring to secure a remarkable ProAm Class podium, in the latest round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Duncan earned McLaren GT's first-ever Blancpain pole

Duncan earned McLaren GT’s first-ever Blancpain pole

The result marks the first ever podium finish in this Championship for both team ART Grand Prix and manufacturer McLaren GT.

The weekend had begun in promising fashion with Duncan topping the timesheets by over three tenths of a second in free practice on Saturday but the British driver fell ill overnight and felt a shadow of himself the following morning.

“I started feeling unwell Saturday evening and things went from bad to worse overnight.

Duncan fought off illness to earn his result

Duncan fought off illness to earn his result

“I was unable to keep anything down, which is not ideal going into an endurance race, and I didn’t get a minute’s sleep.

“This morning, I felt pretty week and dehydrated. I was struggling to stand, so needless to say that racing was a challenge. But I knew there was no other option. I had to find a way to put it to one side and fight through it, for my team mate, everyone at ART Grand Prix and McLaren GT.

“Let’s say it was a good save in the end.”

The final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at Navarra, Spain on 14th October.

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