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International GT Open Silverstone

Now in its the thirteenth year, the International GT Open returned to Silverstone bringing high level Pro and Am GT racing to the Northamptonshire circuit.

Taking a dominant win in race one was Marco Cioci and Daniel Serra, who led from the front throughout. The Luzich Racing duos #52 Ferrari 488 was helmed by Serra in the first stint who was untroubled by Imperiale Racings Rik Breukers remaining hot on his heels up to the pit window opening. There was an early retirement for Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod after their Team Parker Racing Bentley suffered with a damaged gearbox.


The #19 Lamboghini Huracan of Raffaele Giammaria took the race lead during pit stops while the #52 now in the hands of Marco Cioci rejoined in fifth place. When Giammaria pitted, the #33 Ferrari of Rinaldi Racings Daniel Keilwitz took the lead before handing the 488 over to teammate Steve Parrow.

Cioci in the #52 moved into third place then up into first as the pit window closed. As the race moved into its final laps, Jeroen Mul closed the gap between him and Cioci but it wasn’t enough, as the chequered flag dropped Serra and Cioci took the second win of the season.

 

Race two saw a fantastic win for Tom Onslowe-Cole and Valentin Pierburg. It was a
lights to flag win for the SPS Automotive Performance duo who also raced the fastest lap in their Mercedes AMG, second and third place going to Lamborghinis, second place to Imperiale Racings Giovanni Venturini and Jeroen Mul with third going to Ombra Racings Alex Frassineti and Damiano Fioravanti.

With two rounds left to go, Mikkel Mac tops the championship table on 86 points, eleven points ahead of Andrés Saravia and Fran Rueda. The International GT Open is the sister series to the Spanish GT Championship and visits some of the best circuits in Europe. The next round takes place at Monza on 22nd-23rd September.

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WEC 6 Hrs Silverstone: Toyota lose 1-2 finish, win handed to Rebellion

There was a shock twist at the end of the WEC Silverstone round when it was announced on Sunday night that the winning #8 Toyota of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima and the second place #7 of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez had been disqualified after post race scrutineering.

The stewards decision on the #8 TS05 declared that; “the front part of the skid block deflected 9mm under the specified 2500 N load on both sides of the skid block.” This breached a technical regulation, the stewards report goes on to say “Although there are no reports of the car being involved in any specific incident, the competitor stated that his only explanation for the non-conformity must have been as a result of the car running off-track and sustaining some sort of damage to the internal stays that fix that portion of the car. The stewards considered this possibility but determined that the design of the car must be able to withstand the normal rigors of a 6 hours endurance race.”

In the case of the #7 car “the skid block deflected 6mm on the right hand side and 8mm on the left hand side under the specified 2500 N load at the front of the skid block”. The report goes on to give the same reasons stated in the decision on the #8 car.

Toyota Gazoo Racing responded earlier with the following statement;

“TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has lost its one-two victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone following a post-race technical inspection.

The #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso crossed the line to win the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship from Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the second-placed #7 TS050 HYBRID.

Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone. Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering. As a result, race stewards disqualified both cars.

The design and construction of the part concerned has not changed since its introduction at the beginning of the 2017 season. Since then it has successfully passed similar tests, most recently at Spa this season.

The team is now evaluating its next course of action.”

It was announced this morning that Toyota have withdrawn their appeal against the disqualifications and released the following statement by Akio Toyoda, the president of the Toyota Motor Corporation:

“All our drivers drove our cars with their full power and the fight for victory was truly exciting for the fans so I truly feel disappointed to lose the result.

I would like to apologize to the six drivers that we could not make a car with which they can win even though they drove all out.

On the other hand, I would also like to thank our drivers for their trust in our cars and for pushing to the limit, as this meant we could learn about improvements which can be made.

We will make our cars even stronger for the next race so that the drivers can drive all out again at Fuji Speedway and fight for another one-two victory to strengthen our challenge for the World Championship.

For the fans, thank you very much for your continued support. I hope you are looking forward to see an exciting race in October.”

The disqualification meant that third place #3 Rebellion Racing Gibson of Matthias Beche, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes was promoted to first place, with #1 sister car driven by Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer in second place. The #1 car with a driver short after Bruno Senna’s accident in Free Practice 1 in which he sustained a fractured foot.

As the race got underway it was a tricky start as their was contact between many cars in the first few turns including the #17 SMP Racing and #66 Ford Chip Ganassi, the result of contact with the #31 DragonSpeed LMP2 which suffered power problems, the #66 dropped back from LMGTE Pro pole, to back of the class but soon recovered putting in a fastest lap and finishing the first hour, fourth in class.

As the pit window opened just over halfway through the first hour, both Toyotas pitted but it was the #7 that got away quickest. Meanwhile the #11 SMP Racing of Mikhail Aleshin, Jenson Button and Vitaly Petrov pulled over at Copse with Aleshin at the wheel, engine problems took the BR Engineering BR1-AER car out of the race after 23 laps.

There was a first sniff of trouble for the #4 Bykolles Racing Team, with Oliver Webb at the wheel the car dropped down to 30th overall and spent several minutes in the pits. By just over the first hour Sebastien Buemi had reduced the gap between the #8 and the #7 Toyota by 

just over a second, and then slipping past the sister car and into the lead.

Meanwhile in GTE Pro the #67 

Ford continued to power on, moving up into second in class behind the #92 Porsche.

The #8 Toyota pitted and a driver change saw Fernando Alonso taking his first stint.

With fifteen minutes before moving into the second hour of the race, the Ford Chip Ganassi cars now dominated GTE Pro with the #67 well at the head of the class in front of the #66 with Stefan Mucke at the wheel.

Just ahead of the two hour mark, Alonso pulls off an audacious move at Stowe overtaking three GTE’s ahead of pitting a few laps later.

A full course yellow at just over the second hour due to debris on the track at Brooklands caused a degree of chaos, the Bykolles was already spun out on the Wellington Straight but there were a few more offs at the beginning of the period. The Bykolles #4 was duly rescued and their race was over at just over two hours in.

In GTE Pro Harry Tincknell now held the #67 in the lead but the #51 AF Corse with James Calado at the wheel was now second in class.

Halfway into the third hour Alonso took the lead. In LMP2 the #37 Jackie Chan Racing driven by Jazeman Jaafar suffered a puncture, giving the LMP2 lead to the #38 sister car.

Soon after the safety car was out due to debris on the track after the #71 AF Corse Ferrari also suffered a puncture and lost a lot of rear bodywork. The safety car damaged Alonso’s 5 second lead on the #7 Toyota in the hands of Mike Conway.

Eventually with just a second between the two Toyota’s, Jose Maria Lopez managed to pull ahead of Kazuki Nakajima in the #8.

The #90 TF Sport Aston Martin driven by Charlie Eastwood had contact with the #29 Racing Team Nederland, doing some damage to the Dallara P217.

Into the fourth hour there was misfortune for Antonio Felix Da Costa in the #82 BMW Team MTEK when he came off the track, eventually rejoining but suffering with a suspension problem that then brings him to a halt and causes another full course yellow.

As the final hour of the race ticked down there was problems in GTE Am for #56 Project 1 and #90 TF Sport’s cars when they were both handed 1 minute 15 seconds stop-go penalties for pit stop violations, effectively handing victory to the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche.

Meanwhile in LMP1 Buemi took the #8 Toyota back into the lead, by 30 minutes of race time left having a 9.7 second lead on the #7 with Kobayashi at the wheel. And so as the final moments of the race drew to a close it was the #8 car across the line first followed by the #7 swiftly followed by the #51 AF Corse taking the GTE Pro win.

The LMP2 win went to the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing with the #37 sister car in second place, while as expected the GTE Am win went to the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Team Porsche.

In post race scrutineering the #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni, which had finished second in GTE Pro was found to have breached technical regulations due to having 48mm ground clearance instead of the regulation required minimum of 50mm, the team explained that this was due to extreme tyre wear, but the stewards decision was that competitors must meet minimum ground clearance at all times and the car was disqualified. This promoted the third place #67 Ford Chip Ganassi of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell to second place and the #92 Porsche GT Team of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen to third place.

The next round of the Championship takes place at Fuji on October 12th.

 

Final 6 hours of Silverstone top three in class results:

LMP1

#3 Rebellion Racing- M.Beche/T.Laurent/G.Menezes

#1 Rebellion Racing- N.Jani/A.Lotterer

#17 SMP Racing- S.Sarrazin/E.Orudzhev

LMP2

#38 Jackie Chan DC Racing- H.Tung/G.Aubry/S.Richelmi

#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing- J.Jaafar/W.Tan/N.Jeffri

#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut- N.Lapierre/A.Negrao/P.Thiriet

GTE Pro

#51 AF Corse- A.Pier Guidi/J.Calado

#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK-A.Priaulx/H.Tincknell

#92 Porsche GT Team-M.Christensen/K.Estre

GTE Am

#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing-C.Ried/J.Andlauer/M.Campbell

#90 TF Sport-S.Yoluc/J.Adam/C.Eastwood

#56 Team Project 1-J.Bergmeister/P.Lindsey/E.Perfetti

 

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ELMS Silverstone: G-Drive Racing take 3rd Consecutive Win

The European Le Mans Series 4hrs of Silverstone saw G-Drive Racing take their third win in a row. The Oreca 07 driven by Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne, a fan favourite, took a comfortable lead over the #24 Racing Engineering Oreca by the second hour and never looked back.

LMP3 saw the #3 United Autosports Ligier of Anthony Wells, Garret Grist and Matthew Bell take the class win fractions of a second ahead of the #7 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen of Colin Noble, Alex Kapadia and Christian Stubbe Olsen.

There was a twist to the end to the race in LMGTE when the first over the line #66 JMW Motorsport driven by Miguel Molina was handed a 10 second penalty for exceeding track limits, however with a 10.126 lead over second in class #88 Proton Competition meant that the #66 Ferrari kept the win by just 0.126 of a second.

G-Drive Racing continue to lead the championship with two rounds left to go.

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WEC Qualifying Silverstone; Toyota #7 on pole

Tomorrow’s 6hrs of Silverstone see’s the #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamul Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez take pole position in LMP1, speaking after the qualifying session Conway said; “It wasnt the best start I tried to be greedy on the start of the lap, and had a big moment so had to save the tyres and go again. Jose jumped in and did a mega lap. Good start, the car has been pretty solid from the start so good for tomorrow”

Lopez stated; “I am very happy with my lap, it’s good to start in front, we have a clear line but we have a long race”

In LMP2 the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing car of Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri  takes pole.  A delighted Jaafar commented; “Step by step we chipped away from FP1, 2 and 3, FP3 was something in which we made a huge step forward and confident for going into quali, obviously the thing to think about is the race and that’s where it all pans out to we really want to achieve, but pole position, we’re really happy with this achievement.“

Team mate Nabil Jeffri said; “I’m very happy with my lap, its good to start in front, we have a clear line but we have a long race”

Sitting on pole in LMGTE Pro is the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla. Mucke was pleased with their result saying;  “We went out very early in the session at the green light, we put the car in the right window, Oli did a great lap, I get everything out of it, no mistakes. Its a home race for the team so it gives us a push for tomorrow”.

Taking their maiden WEC pole in LMGTE is Team Project 1 in the Porsche 911 driven by Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti. Bergmeister commented; ”I’m definitely very happy for our first pole for the team, for the race I am happy not to be in a pro car, tyre wear is an issue, depending on the weather it will be interesting!”

Perfetti; ”we are delighted, we are very pleased, there were some big changes before qualifying so when I went out there the car was definitely together for the second half”

 

The 6hrs of Silverstone starts Sunday at 12.00.

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WEC Silverstone Free Practice

Fridays free Practice 1 and 2 saw the #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez top the timings just a second ahead of the #8 sister car of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, but in todays Free Practice 3 the #8 car was quicker with the #7 car finishing behind the  #11 and #17 SMP Racing duo, 3 seconds behind the sister TS050.  Bruno Senna had an accident in Free Practice 1 in the #1 Rebellion Racing Gibson, and will be missing the rest of the weekend due to a fractured foot, although the car is back out on track today.

The #28 TDS Racing of Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Loic Duval was fastest LMP2 in Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 3, with the

#38 Jackie Chan DC Racing of Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry and Stephane Richelmi fastest LMP2 in Free Practice 2.

LMGTE Pro was owned by Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK with the #66 of Stefan Mucke and Oliver Pla heading Free Practice 1 and #67 of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell fastest in Free Practice 2 and 3.

In LMGTE Am Dempsey Proton Racing in the #88 Porsche 911 of Gianluca Roda, Giorgio Road and Matteo Cairoli were fastest in both Friday sessions fresh from their class win at Le Mans In June.

In Free Practice 3 the #98 Aston Martin Vantage of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda led the class.

 

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750 Motor Club Silverstone Round thrills

750 Motor Club headed to Silverstone last weekend with some great racing on the bill in front of some enthusiastic motorsport fans.

Race One was the Porsche Club Championship 25 minute race, the first of two for the championship on the Saturday. The win went to Mark McAleer in his Porsche 996 in an eventful race that saw championship leader Mark Sumpter, and third in the standings, Chris Dyer out of the race on the first corner. Simon Clark suffered gear box issues which saw him eventually finish in fourteenth place.

However Sumpter and Dyer were back for race two on the front of the grid, and Clark returned but only able to use his Cayman in fourth gear which didn’t stop him finishing the race in eighth place, but the win this time went to Paragon Porsche’s Sumpter with McAleer in second place and Dyer in third place.  Moving into the final round at Brands Hatch on September 2nd/3rd Sumpter leads the Championship table in Class 1, just 1 point ahead of Jonathan Evans who leads in Class 2.

The Aim Technologies Bikesports Championship caters for motorbike engine powered sportscars and non-current Radical models. The grid was made up almost entirely of Radicals with just one Spire among the pack. Joe Stables dominated across the weekend in his Radical SR3, winning all three races and consistently clocking the fastest laps. The 19 year old comes from a racing family and has competed in BRDC Formula 4.

Fielding two races across the weekend was the Heritage Parts Centre Formula Vee Championship, the single seater formula has been in existence for more than 50 years and attracts a huge grid of competitors and a large variety of marques. But it was Craig Pollard of Bears GAC who finished first in both races, the second race by just a whisker ahead of second place Daniel Hands

One of the most affordable championships is the RGB Sports 1000, four stroke motorbike engines powering a variety of two seater sports cars. RGB Sports 1000 is an understandably popular championship.

The first race of the weekend for the Championship saw Paul Smith in his Mittell MC-35 take a dominant win, with Mittell’s completing the rest of the line up on the podium courtesy of Christopher “Chippy” Wesemael in second place and Daniel Larner in third.

Race Two found Wesemael take his first win in the championship with a dominant 35 second lead, in a race with some incredibly close racing.

There was some fantastic track action courtesy of Classic Stock Hatch and the Hot Hatch Championship. In the Classic Stock Hatches Matt Rozier took the win in both races in his Peugeot 2015 GTi, while in the Hot Hatches Ben Rushworth took the win in the first race on Sunday, with the second win going to Steve Sawley.

The Cartek Club Enduro Championship is a great way to get into low cost endurance racing.

The Championship is open to production sports and saloon cars, and with a packed, varied grid fielding a variety of marques affording excellent endurance competition. Saturdays 2 hour race found Luke Sedzikowski on the top step of the podium and taking  the Class A win in his E92 M3. While second place went to Darren Ball also in the E92, third place going to Martin James in the Honda Civic Type R. A particularly good place for James who had earlier suffered damage causing him to pit early and was dropped to the back of the field.

Meanwhile in Class B Matt Faizey took the spoils in his Porsche 968, and the Invitational Class winners were Martin Duffy and Andrew Armstrong in their relay BMW M3’s completing in eighth place overall.

On Sunday Paul Cook in his BMW E46, took two for two in the Tegiwa M3 Cup + MTEC Brakes 330 Challenge, while the Gala Performance Toyota MR2 Championship races were both signed, sealed and delivered by Shaun Traynor.

The next 750 Motor Club race weekend takes place at Donington Park on September 1st and 2nd.

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WEC Weekend starts at Silverstone with 2019/20 Calendar announcement.

WEC makes its much anticipated return to Silverstone this weekend with all eyes on Toyota after their historic win at Le Mans in June and the announcement this week that Toyota driver Fernando Alonso will be departing from McLaren and F1 at the end of the season.

Along with the excitement of the best endurance series in the word being back on British soil, WEC released their provisional 2019/20 calendar this morning , revealing that visits to São Paulo and Bahrain are re introduced alongside Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. The calendar which was drawn up taking into account fan feedback sees a September visit to Silverstone in 2019 but Le Mans as expected retains its June date, the backbone of the FIA series. The provisional Calendar, which is subject to  approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, is as follows:

01 September 2019        4 Hours of Silverstone (Great Britain)

13 October 2019             6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)

17 November 2019         4 Hours of Shanghai (China)

14 December 2019         8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)

01 February 2020           6 Hours of São Paulo (Brazil)

xx March 2020                1000 Miles of Sebring (8 hours) (USA) –To be confirmed 

03 May 2020                   6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

13-14 June 2020             24 Hours of Le Mans (France)

 

With the two month break since Le Mans over, WEC fans can look forward to a packed weekend of on track action, including the return of Jenson Button to Silverstone for the first time since his last full season in F1 in 2016. Qualifying for WEC gets underway tomorrow afternoon and the 6 hr of Silverstone begins at 12.00 on Sunday.

 

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DTM Brands Hatch: The series returns to the UK

The German touring car series returned to the UK for the first time since 2013 and with it a maiden victory for Daniel Juncadella in race one and a home win for Paul Di Resta in race two.

The series was hosted at Brands Hatch which looked fantastic dressed in the DTM sponsorship hoardings and banners and such was the attention to detail the series even brought their own security to the event.  

Starting race one on Saturday from pole position, Juncadella ran an impeccable race despite a slower start off the grid which knocked him down to third place behind Lucas Auer and Rene Rast. However Rast’s pitstop on the first lap immediately handed P2 to Juncadella who then went after Auer. Pitting on the seventh lap, the Spaniard rejoined ahead of Augusto Farfus and on the ninth lap passed Auer, moving into the lead.

Juncadella continued to extend his lead eventually finishing just over 8 seconds of Farfus with Auer in third place. Great Britain’s Gary Paffett finished in sixth place while Paul Di Resta finished in sixteenth place, while former DTM champ and F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein finished the race in seventh place.

Race two saw Di Resta taking his second win of the season, the ex Force India and Williams driver quickly took the lead from pole sitter Gary Paffett. There was some drama when Lucas Auer was hit by Robin Frijns then Augusto Farfus’s BMW hit Frijns’ Audi, all of which brought about a safety car period, after which Di Resta held the lead.

But after Di Resta pitted, it was Audi Sport Team Rosbergs Jamie Green that took the lead, staying out until taking his pit stop on lap 30, putting Di Resta back in the lead and giving him a win on home soil, second place went to Gary Paffett, a Mercedes 1-2,  with Rene Rast completing the podium.

Paffett tops the driver standings, currently 29 points clear of Di Resta, with BMW Team RMG’s Marco Wittman third in the championship table. There are four rounds left to go this season with the paddock moving to Misano at the end of the month.

Support racing was provided by the MINI Challenge Championship, as well as Demo Laps by retro F1 cars including the 1991 Dallara F191,

which had been raced by Emanuele Pirro and placed sixth in the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix and the Footworks Arrows FA13B raced in the 1993 season by Aguri Suzuki.

There were also Norton demo laps courtesy of John McGuinness aboard the Norton SG7.

The MINI Challenge saw double wins for ex BTCC driver Ant Whorton-Eales giving him a clear lead in the series standings.

There was a scary moment for former Top Gear editor James Mills when during Saturday’s practice session he had a spectacular crash at Paddock Hill bend, rolling several times through the gravel before hitting the barrier. Mills was extracted and taken to the medical centre but was fortunately unhurt.

The Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup is a new championship with the Brands Hatch round being the fourth meeting. The series fields Audi R8 with GT4 specifications, divided into pro, semi-pro and junior driver categories.

At Brands it was a double win for current championship leader Kris Heidorn.

DTM(Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) had its inaugural season in 1984 with the first rounds in the UK taking place in 1993 and 1994, due to a number of issues 1996 saw Opel and Alfa Romeo withdrawing from the series temporarily bringing DTM to a close. In 2000 DTM returned, fielding a variety of touring cars with lower costs involved, Bernd Schneider, the last champion of the old era was the first champion as the series relaunched. In 2004 Audi entered their first factory team and swept the board taking the drivers, manufacturers and teams championships. 2007 to 2013 saw a period where only two marques, Audi and Mercedes entered and Audi dominated.

Today BMW join them, with six BMW’s on the Brands Hatch grid. With the use of DRS and F1 style pit stops in the event there was a real flavour of top level racing at the Kent circuit. DRS used in zones in F1 has clearly defined use in DTM, DRS is prohibited in qualifying, broadly the use in the race isn’t allowed until the race leader has begun their fourth lap, from which point any driver who has a gap less than a second from the driver in front when crossing the line is allowed to use DRS. The driver is alerted by race control that use is permitted and then it is up to the driver when he uses the aid no more than three times, with some exceptions including during a yellow flag or safety car period.

With the much anticipated return of DTM, it’s hoped that 2018 will be the first of many future meetings in the UK by the premier series.

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British GT Brands Hatch: Flick Haigh & Jonny Adam take win in penultimate round.

A sizzling Brands Hatch welcomed SRO’s British GT Championship back in the penultimate round of the season. Taking the win was Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam who now top the championship leaderboard.

An initial 12 second lead by Flick Haigh, who started the race on pole, looked set to give the Optimum Motorsport duo the advantage they needed, however a lengthy safety car period ate into that and there was little time to recover time lost once racing resumed, before the pit window opened. But the Aston Martin Vantage now in the hands of Jonny Adam, emerged from a busy round of pit stops in the lead.

However Barwell Motorsports Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker in the #69 Lamborghini, had held back before pitting took advantage of the clear pit lane and jumped from sixth to first place. And so a battle for first place began between Cocker and Adam.

Further back the field, Barwells #33 Lamborghini suffered an overheated radiator after picking up debris on track, forcing the car into retirement. And there was misfortune for Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr who had been race leaders before the pit stops, when Ratcliffe was run off the track and beached in the gravel. The Team Parker Racing Bentley eventually rejoined the race but was forced to retire after a lodged stone destroyed a brake caliper.  There was a frightening moment for Maxime Martin after a his windscreen was penetrated by a foreign object. Martin was promptly sent to the circuit medical centre and then later Kings College Hospital, London for ophthalmic checks but was cleared to leave that evening.

But back in the race it was Jonny Adam who emerged triumphant with Cocker finishing just short of 5 seconds behind him and third place going to TF Sports Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim.

In GT4 Balfe Motorsports Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson took the win despite understeer problems with the McLaren that led to Johnson describing it as sounding like “a bag of tools in the passenger footwell”.

Meanwhile the fight for second place was hotting up between Team Parker Racings Scott Malvern and Martin Plowman in the UltraTek Racing Nissan, however a dominant Ben Tuck in the Century Motorsport BMW soon made his way past Malvern before tackling Plowman and relieving him of his second place, consigning him to the third step of the podium.

The season finale of British GT takes place at Donington on September 22nd/23rd.

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Silverstone Classic: Fantastic racing across scorching weekend.

The ever popular Silverstone Classic returned to the Northamptonshire circuit bringing a packed race card of on track action. Just one highlight was the Masters Endurance Legends, a new addition to the programme that saw past Le Mans machines from 1995 through to 2012, racing into the evening. 

Some of the icons of endurance racing included the Lola B12/60 driven by Steve Tandy which took the win in the stunning Saturday evening race as well as the Sunday afternoon race,

the Audi R8 LMP1 driven by Travis Engen and the Gulf liveried Lola-Aston DBR 1-2 driven by Christophe D’Ansembourg and Herve Regout. Sir Chris Hoy, no stranger to endurance racing, took to the track in the Courage LC75 in Sunday’s race finishing in sixth place.

Sunday was dominated by tin tops, as celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of BTCC continued. There was a track parade with dozens of classic cars from the Austin A105 Westminster as driven to the first championship win by Jack Sears, to the 2017 winning Subaru which was driven by Jason Plato.

Four touring cars races on the Sunday alone gave the opportunity for fans to see the likes of Rickard Rydells Volvo S40, Abbie Eaton behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore and father, son duo Nick and Harry Whale dominated in the Historic Touring Car Challenge aboard the BMW M3.

Continuing the the Touring Car celebrations, BTCC driver Jake Hill dominated in the Pre’ 66 GT Race at the wheel of a Lotus Elan, the same race also found Richard Attwood, the driver who gave Porsche their first overall win at Le Mans in 1970, behind the wheel of a stunning 1965 911.

A firm fan favourite was the Classic F1 machinery on track courtesy of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One races and the Legends of Modern Formula One parade.

The parade laps gave the chance to see and just importantly hear cars that in their time were driven by Ayron Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Jaques Villeneuve and Jenson Button. Cars such as the Lotus 1010, Saber C30 and Jordan 198. Nick Padmore continued his domination of Historic Formula One taking the Williams FW07C to the win, flanked by perpetual F1 Historic front runners Martin Stretton and Michael Lyons.

As the Ace Cafe took over the National Paddocks Pit Stop Cafe and a chunk of the National Paddock, it drew a large crowd of motorbike enthusiasts ready to also enjoy a fantastic parade display by the World GP Bike Legends, including Phil Read,

Freddie Spencer and Wayne Gardner, on some iconic machinery from GP’s past.  

Just one of the anniversaries commemorated was Formula Junior. The 60 year old series attracted a huge grid of over 50 entries and some fantastic, close racing. Will Mitcham in the U2 Mk2 took the win on Saturday, while Andrew Hibberd took the honours on Sunday in his Lola Mk2.

Off track there was plenty for 

the enormous crowd to enjoy from car clubs to car clinics to a funfair and evening entertainment from UB40 and Soul II Soul. The event has garnered a peerless reputation as the must do event for anyone interested in classic cars and racing. And with 100,000 visitors enjoying the weekend, its huge popularity and success looks like it is set to continue.

The Classic will return to Silverstone  July 26th/27th/28th 2019.

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Silverstone Classic 2018: Friday

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British GT Brands Hatch Qualifying: Haigh and Adam take pole Position

Jonny Adam and Flick Haigh take pole position in GT3, for tomorrow’s two hour British GT race at Brands Hatch.

The pair currently sit fourteen points behind Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, however GT3 Championship results will remain provisional due to Optimum Motorsports MSA appeal after May’s Snetterton outing.  Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam was awarded a 30 second time penalty, which dropped them from fourth place to ninth and a reduction in Championship points. Along with the outcome of the appeal there is everything to play for tomorrow.

 

TF Sport’s #17 and #11 Aston Martins will begin the race at the back of the grid after Mark Farmer ended up in the gravel at Paddock Hill bend, less than 2 minutes into the session. While the #17 of Marco Sorensen was at the bottom of the timings after losing a wheel early on, only rejoining as the session drew to a close.

Team Parker Racings Rick Parfitt Jnr was quickest in the Am class however problems for Ryan Ratcliffe during his session will see the duo start 8th on the grid.

In GT4 Jack Mitchell and Dean Macdonald take pole handing Century Motorsport a 1-2 as Ben Green and Ben Tuck in the #42 BMW M4 sit in second place on the GT4 grid, while Academy Motorsports Jan Jonck and Tom Wood finished third fastest.

Tomorrow’s Brands Hatch race starts at 1.40 and is live streamed via  www.britishgt.com

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

British GT Spa: Victory for Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin

The British GT Spa round resulted in a maiden win for Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin aboard the Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage.

The chaotic race opened with Flick Haigh on pole, however a spin early on and a stop/go penalty for Ram Racings Remon Vos and Tom Onslowe-Cole, handed Davidson & Martin the lead. There was also strife for Nicki Thiim and Mark Farmer on lap one when their #11 Aston Martin caught fire with Farmer at the wheel, taking the duo out of the race. Another casualty after the safety car period lifted was the #99 Beechdean AMR of Darren Turner and Andrew Howard, who took an early pit stop with a radiator problem and exited the race.

Contact between Barwells Sam De Haan and Jon Minshaw caused problems for De Haan in the #69 Lamborghini as he was deemed to be have caused the tussle and given a 10 second stop/go penalty while Minshaw also lost places but managed to make them up by the time the pit window opened.

The second half of the race wasn’t without incident firstly the Team ABBA Mercedes AMG  caught fire, taking Adam Christodoulou and Richard Neary out of the race, and bringing the safety car out again but that didn’t diminish Martins lead in the #47 Jetstream Aston Martin, going on to take the chequered flag 8 seconds clear of Ryan Radcliff with Matt Sorenson in the #17 Aston Martin in third place.  However a post race 30 second penalty for Sorenson and Johnston for avoidable contact, saw them dropped down to seventh place, with Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam inheriting the third place on the podium.

In GT4 it was victory for Century Motorsports Dean MacDonald and Jack Mitchell. Pole sitters Charlie Fagg and Michael O’Brien held the lead for the first hour despite the chaotic start and with only a few seconds between them, Finlay Hutchinson, Ben Tuck and Lewis Proctor.  As the pit window opened Proctor along with the lead car headed into the pits only to have the Tolman Motorsport McLaren shared with Jordan Albert catch fire, forcing their retirement.

A safety car period saw Fagg lose his lead and pole switching to MacDonald and Mitchell, while Equipe Verschuur’s Daniel McKay and Finlay Hutchison took third place.

SRO’s Speed week  place at Spa kicked off with British GT last weekend and culminating in Blancpain GT the following weekend, the British GT Championship continues at Brands Hatch on August 4th and 5th.

Images  ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

 

Silverstone Classic 2018 Preview

The worlds biggest classic car event returns to Silverstone next weekend with a huge array of racing and attractions for the whole family at the Silverstone Classic.

Among many anniversaries that will be celebrated are 60 years of the British Touring Car Championship. Sunday will see a Diamond Anniversary parade of some iconic touring cars driven by some legends of the series including John Fitzpatrick, John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Rickard Rydell, Jason Plato and Ash Sutton.

This really is an item not to be missed by any BTCC fan, there will be some notable cars including Doc Shepherd’s 1960 Austin A40, Graham Hill’s Jaguar Mk2 from 1962, Frank Gardner’s Ford Escort from 1968 and Rickard Rydell will be back behind the wheel of his Volvo 850 Estate. A number of eminent drivers also on hand includes Steve Soper, Sam Tordoff, Ian Flux, Jason Hughes and Jeff Allam to name but a few.

There will also be celebrations honouring 70 years since the first Grand Prix staged at Silverstone in 1948,

while also marked will be the 50th anniversary of the Morgan Plus 8 and 60 years of Formula Junior among many others.

The classic car on track action is second to none, with 21 races including the superb addition of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Race Series and FIA Masters Historic Sportscars as well as the debut of the Masters Endurance Legends. That grid will see some stunning historic prototypes and GT’s that have competed upto as recently as 2012, among those competing will be 6 times gold Olympic medal winner Sir Chris Hoy who will be behind the wheel of a Courage LC75.

The Masters Historic, Endurance Legends and GT’s will run their first three races on the Saturday evening under the banner “Daytona at Dusk”, and with a backdrop of live music by UB40, an unmissable series of races for any enthusiast.

There will be two wheeled action in the form of the World GP Bike Legends with among others Maria Costello, Freddie Spencer, Phil Read and Steve Parrish out on track on board their period two stroke motorbikes. And for the bike enthusiast visiting the Ace Cafe, which is taking over the Pit Stop Cafe in the national paddock as it takes centre stage to celebrate its 80th birthday is a must do.

As well as the action on track, there is an enormous amount to see around the Northamptonshire site including an unrivalled display of car clubs from those celebrating anniversaries such as the 70th Anniversary of the Aston Martin DB1 to The Royal Air Force Mini Club celebrating 100 years of the RAF.

The JET Village Green creates a traditional fair atmosphere with a Big Wheel, Crazy Golf, F1 Pitstop Challenge, a football skills coaching area for youngsters aged 5-16, many food outlets and stalls providing shopping opportunities for any petrol head, and Mike Brewers Car Clinic, where at this years Silverstone Classic he will be presenting a Porsche 356, 54 ‘Frogeye’ Sprite and a DeLorean DMC-12.

Silverstone Auctions will once again be in attendance with an even bigger selection of beautiful classic cars ready to go under the hammer including vehicles previously owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the royal family and Sir Elton John.

With much more to see and experience beside, Silverstone really is the only place to be this weekend.

For tickets and further info visit: www.silverstoneclassic.com

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

MSVR Club Car Championships at Silverstone

The MSVR Club Car Championships rolled into Silverstone on the National circuit, bringing a varied programme of excellent racing from the newly created Heritage Formula Ford, which caters for pre 1993 FF1600’s to the ever popular Mini Challenge classes where a fun spectacle is always guaranteed.

Twenty FF1600s lined up on a scorching Sunday at Silverstone to compete in the Jim Walsh Trophy for Jack Cavill Heritage Formula Ford. Oliver White, Lewis Fox and Jaap Blijleven took to the podium in both races taking first, second and third respectively.  Oliver White takes the Jim Walsh Trophy for 2018, a title he already holds and makes his wins at Silverstone three out of four this season.

The MINI Challenge is an immensely popular series with 4 classes JCW, Cooper Pro, Cooper Am and Cooper S. Some of the classes are on the support package of major series such as BTCC and British GT. Competing at Silverstone was MINI Cooper Pro/Am and Cooper S.

In the Pro/Am class Kyle Reid took the win in race one after holding the lead for the majority of the race until being passed by Simon Walton and Robbie Dalgleish, however this drop back was short lived with Reid regaining the lead Walton taking second place and Dalgleish taking third.

Race two saw the first 6 places reversed and Reid on the 4th row and Andy Jordan on pole. However this didn’t stop Reid from battling through, a slight spin on the grass shifted him back for a while, but eventually he made it up into second place behind winner Robbie Dalgliesh who had easily taken the lead within the opening laps, flanked on the podium by Simon Walton in third.

The Cooper S class was looking to be a romp home for Jono Davis, however a puncture put paid to a victory in the first Cooper S Class race of the day with the win going to Will Fairclough, Rob Austin in second and Andy Montgomery in third place.

Race two which like the Cooper Pro/Am Class also featured a reverse grid saw Jono Davis improve on his earlier result, taking the lead toward the end of the race while Will Fairclough who was carrying ballast struggled to match his earlier performance but finished in P2 just ahead of Andy Montgomery.

The F3 Cup Championship brought some great single seater action with Cian Carey taking two dominant wins compounding his second place in the driver standings. In race one he did battle with Shane Kelly throughout, but Carey had the edge, Kelly having to be content with P2 with Stuart Wiltshire in third place.

Race two saw a shuffle of places on the podium, Carey again taking the top step,this time with Wiltshire in P2 and Shane Kelly in third place. The race began with a delayed start due to Philip Jeans car stalling on the green flag lap, but as the lights went out Carey got off to a flying start passing pole sitter Tony Bishop, the previous race top three went into battle but it was a commanding race by Carey leaving Wiltshire and Kelly in his wake.

Race three was a different matter, there was drama from the off when Kelly’s Mugen F308 failed on the grid, he was pushed back to the pit lane but that was the end of his race. Carey held the lead but was under pressure from Wiltshire, the duo eventually making contact resulting in a retirement for Wiltshire, and a lead for Darragh Daly, with Baptiste Leonard just behind him. Carey managed to finish the race alongside Phillip Jeans, however a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits put him further down the order into 5th place and giving Daly his debut F3 Cup win, with Baptiste Leonard in second place and Jeans in third.

The MSVR All-Comers is a great fun series, which attracts a varied array of cars from Caterhams to BMWs to TVR’s. Taking the podium in the same order in both races on Sunday was Tony Bennett in his Caterham, flanked by Mark Rusted in his TVR Cerbera in second place and AJ Owen in his Honda Civic in third place.

Another popular MSVR series is the Trackday Championship which also attracts an eclectic mix of cars and a huge grid split of 5 classes split into two races. Class B, C & D race saw Gary Burstow in his BMW 328i Coupe take the overall and class B win over a second ahead of Simon Hogg and George Wright in their Porsche 944 with Pete Jokinen in third place in his MINI Cooper S.

Top of class C was Sam Gay and Colin Tester in the Honda Civic, with Kevin Sterling in second place in his Ford Fiesta and John Griffiths and Tom Rogers in the DLR Motorsport Renault Clio in third place. First plass in Class D was Phil Burden in a Ford Fiesta, second was Rob Burnham and Tom Starkey in their Ford Puma, while third in class went to Roger Everett in his Ford Fiesta.

The more modest grid of the S & A Class found a number of DNF’s but Class S and overall winner was Ryan and Jamie Gibb in the BMW M3, with Callum McDougall and Ben Simonds in second place with the Caterham SuperSport and Warren Allen in third place in his Porsche Cayman. The only finisher in the A Class was Les and Nik Barton in the VW Golf Cup.

 

The MSVT Trackday Trophy also saw a large grid with a variety or entries but wins in their first race went to Jordan & Ray Honeybone in the Renault Clio. While the MSVT Teams Trophy race found top step of the podium going to Ty Boothroyd and Michael Pensaville in their BMW M3.

The ever popular Radical SR1 Cup saw a fantastic grid of fourteen cars. There was some incredibly close, thrilling racing especially between James Pinkerton and Ryan Harper-Ellam who took a win apiece and with just fractions between them in the first race where Pinkerton triumphed and just over two seconds in the second race which found Harper-Ellam on P1.

Pinkerton now leads the championship 28 points ahead of Harper-Ellam. Pinkerton was quoted saying: “This weekend has been great for the championship. I didn’t expect to extend the points lead as it’s clear that Ryan was really quick here.

“I think the switch to the newer Gen2 design bodywork has helped as it’s made the car feel a lot more stable in the high-speed stuff. But I was speechless after race one – it was an insane race! We were both pushing pretty aggressively but giving each other enough room and those final stages were so tense as I nearly threw it all away on the final corner but just managed to come out on top.

“I pushed too hard at the start of race two and that cost me ultimately as I over-drove the car and went backwards. But this has still been a great weekend.”

Third place in both races went to Will Hunt.

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BRSCC Races at Rockingham

Last weekend saw the return of the BRSCC Race Weekend to a scorching Rockingham. The club which is more than 70 years old runs some of the most popular and diverse championships in British motorsport.

A packed timetable at the Corby circuit saw great racing action from a variety of BRSCC Championships, from the Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup to the sports prototypes in the OSS Championship. After a busy morning of qualifying on the Saturday, the first race got underway, the Track Attack Race Clubs trio of series, the Nippon Challenge- races open to any Asian Brand, the Tricolore Trophy- open to production and modified Citroen/Peugeot or Renault. And finally Multi Marques, which is open to any brand of modified sports, coupe or saloon car.

A large entry list saw Tony Hunter in his Silverstone Golf Club sponsored Renault Clio take the win in race one and two, with James Breeze, Chris Bassett, Don Hughes and Nick Gwinnett completing the podiums in race one and two respectively.

The Mazda MX-5 SuperCup, which currently runs as a support race on the new TCR UK series package, displayed some fantastic racing and a packed grid of 24 entries. The top of the championship standings sees a tight race between top three drivers Luke Herbert, James Blake-Baldwin and Jack Harding with very few points dividing them.

And so it was that those three dominated the first two races with Jack Harding taking the top step of the podium in race one and three and third place in race two. While James Blake-Baldwin took the win in race two and second place in race one, Luke Herbert took third place in race one and second place in race two. Completing the podium in race three was Steve Roberts in second place and 2017 rookie of the year Aidan Hills in third place.  

The popular Toyo Tires Porsche Championship also featured, with the added twist in their third reverse grid race, of a mandatory pit stop. This added a lot of fun to the final race and was a popular addition amongst the teams.

Race one saw the first win of the weekend for a dominant, championship leading Adam Southgate. Second place in Class A(Race Boxster) was Kevin Molyneaux and Jesse Chamberalin in third. While Gavin Johnson took the Class C win in his Porsche 924.

The second race on Sunday saw Karl Rossin join the grid on the back row after missing qualifying on Saturday and joining the Production GTi Championship for their qualifying session in his 924, eventually finishing the race third in class and thirteenth overall. Jamie Callender borrowed a Boxster to compete after being disqualified in race one, due to a missing roof and screen, however a repeat of overheating problems that had struck in race one brought his race to a halt on the sixth lap.

There was another second podium place for Kevin Molyneaux, with Garry Lawrence completing the Class A podium, Gavin Johnson and Hugh Peart hit the podium again in Class C accompanied by Rossin in third place.

Race three saw the reverse grid and Andrew Baker on pole however Nick Hull was quick to take the lead before Jesse Chamberlain took it from him. However a spin at Gracelands saw him rejoin in fourth place. Adam Southgate again powered on now in the lead and as the pit window, the grid began to peel off to complete the mandatory pit stops.

At the chequered flag Southgate took his third win of the weekend with Nick Hull in second place and Garry Lawrence in third. Class C saw Rossin on the top step of the podium with Hugh Peart in second and Richard Matthews in third.

Next up was the Fiesta Championship with MRF Tyres which saw pole sitter Ryan Faulconbridge take the win in race one joined on the podium by Myles Baker in second place and Richard Ashmole in third place. Race two on Sunday saw Faulconbridge again on the podium in second place with Harry Gooding taking the top step and Jamie Going in third place.

While race three saw Gooding again take the win with Going in second place and Tom Hutchins in third. This puts Gooding in the lead in the Championship standings, just 4 points ahead of Jamie White.

The Speed Group OSS Championship saw a grid of fifteen prototype machines take to the circuit from Radicals to a Juno to a Chrysler Jade. The championship races weren’t without their problems, the heat bringing challenges for many competitors. But in race one it was Josh Smith who took the chequered flag in his Radical PR6, with Patrick Sherrington in the MCR Sport who came second and Joe Stables in the Radical Pro 6 taking third place.

The podium positions were repeated in the second race however race three saw a change in order when in the opening laps Joe Stables had to retire with engine problems, leaving the top two positions in the hands again of Josh Smith and Patrick Sherrington while Daniel Prendergast took third place.  

In the very competitive Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup there were two races with Jack Ashton taking the win in race one, Dick Trevett in second place and older Ashton brother Andrew in third place. Race two found Andrew Ashton this time taking the win, Trevett again in second place and Przemyslaw Glodek in third place. The series continues at Donington in July.

The Speed Group F1000 races gave spectators a chance to see some fantastic single seater racing. The championship which was formerly Formula Jedi, sees machines on track powered by 1000cc motorbike engines. The series is a cost effective way into single seater racing and has been the launch pad for many successful drivers. First place in race one was Robert Sayell, second place Paul Butcher and third place Michael Watton who currently sits at the top of the championship results 4 points ahead of Dan Clowes.

In race two the podium was shuffled with Paul Butcher in first place, Robert Sayell in second and Watton again in third. But race three the final race of the weekend, saw Sayell again on the top step, Dan Clowes in second and Adam Walker in third. The championship continues on the the TCR UK support package at Castle Combe on July 14th/15th.

The Fiesta Junior Championship is a great stepping stone for young drivers moving up through motorsport, with entries open for competitors aged 14 to 17, giving the championship a deserved reputation as a highly competitive and flourishing junior series. With a modest grid of 9 entries there was still some great racing to enjoy for some promising youngsters. In race one Championship leader Magnus Kriklywi was set to take the top step of the podium but a 2 second penalty for a driving safety infringement saw him moved back to second place handing the win to James Waite, Oliver Turner joining them on the third step.

The second race of the weekend however saw Kriklywi redeem himself finishing just over a second ahead James Waite and Isaac Smith in third place. Abby Lock was awarded the Driver of the Meeting.

The Teekay Coupling GTi Championship is a very popular one make championship with a Mk 5 and Mk 2 class. The principles of the championship is to keep costs and modifications low and driving standards high. Race one saw Paul Blackburn take the chequered flag ahead of Simon Hill in second place and John Mawdsley in third. All three in the Mk5 class while top of Mk2 was Tim Hartland, Chris Webb and Dan Gibbs.

Race two belonged to Mk5s Martyn Walsh, with James Colbourne in second and Paul Blackburn in third. While Mk2 class winning line up remained the same as in race one.

Rounds 7 & 8 take place at Castle Combe on the TCR UK package.

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Historic win for Toyota at Le Mans

The world’s most famous race saw Toyota take an historic 1-2 win, the first time the manufacturer has made the top step of the podium since entering the World Endurance Championships in 1985. The #8 car of Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi took a dominant win two laps ahead of the #7 of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José Maria Lopez.

The rest of the LMP1 field, non-hybrids, struggled to keep apace and technical problems befell many including SMP’s Jenson Button. This led to a somewhat sterile race on the LMP1 grid, but making it to third step of the podium was the #3 Rebellion Racing of Mathias Beche, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes, with #1 sister car finishing in fourth place.

 Of the historic win Alonso commented; “It’s amazing, I’m still a little bit in shock right now. It was very stressful at the end when we were all watching. It’s been a very tense 24 hours. Maybe tomorrow, we’ll start to realise! I felt okay in the traffic. Sometimes you’re lucky for a few laps and then sometimes you’re unlucky and you get in a bad loop but the race suited my driving style and it all worked out.”

In LMP2 there was some controversy when post race #26 G-Drive Racing of Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne was disqualified from the top spot after it was discovered they had breached a technical regulation due to the “non-compliance of a part in the fuel restrictor.” the same applied to #28 TDS Racing Oreca of Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivierre and Loic Duval. Although the teams have appealed the decision, this promoted the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of Nicolas Lapierre, Pierre Thiriet and Andre Negrao to first in class with the #39 Graff of Vincent Capillaire, Jonathan Hirschi and Tristan Gommendy in second place and the #32 United Autosports of Hugo de Sadeleer, Will Owen and Juan Pablo Montoya completing the revised podium.

But it was in LMGTE where the racing really lit up and Porsche secured a fantastic 1-2 Pro class win in the German marque’s 70th year. Taking the win was fan favourite the #92 of Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor.

Porsche’s commemorative liveries. pics copyright and courtesy of Porsche.de

The car which was liveried in the “pink pig” scheme chosen by the drivers and seen at Le Mans on the 917/20 in 1971 crossed the finish line one lap ahead of the #91 Rothmans replica liveried Porsche of Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki, with the #68 Ford Chip Ganassi of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais in third place. The Fords, Ferraris and BMW’s gave the most competition to the class winners but ultimately lost out due to penalties and technical problems. The #95 Aston Martin Racing, only a week old and Le Mans its second race, of Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorenson and Darren Turner finished 8th in class while last years LMGTE winner Jonny Adam aboard the #97 Aston Martin finished 13th, a tricky weekend for Aston Martin.

LMGTE Am saw victory for Patrick Dempsey’s Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche team #77 of Matt Campbell, Christian Ried and Julian Andlauer who finished just ahead of #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari of Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Giancarlo Fisichella. Dempsey commented “Qualifying was chaotic. I was sure something would happen in the race, but I have never had a race go so smoothly before.  These young drivers had such a level of class. These are young stars emerging! Imagine, you’re in your first race here at Le Mans, at 18 years of age, and he took the lead! “

The Dempsey-Proton sister car #88 had led the class until early on Sunday morning when a spin off took it out of the race.

The #85 Keating Motorsports Ferrari of Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Luca Stolz finished in third place.

The next World Endurance Championship round is at Silverstone August 17th/19th.

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick and Porsche.De

Le Mans 2018 Look ahead

With the countdown firmly on to the weekend and the pinnacle of endurance racing, we take a look at the Super Season so far and what is in store in one of the greatest motorsport events in the racing calendar.

The season got underway in Spa last month with the LMP1 #8 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso taking the win. A superb start for Alonso in his debut WEC season. The McLaren Formula 1 driver was delighted with the result: “There’s been a lot of preparation into this project with winter testing, with simulator, with a lot of people in the factory building these two cars. Then you have to come to the races and deliver the results. I think we executed the race in the best way we could, and I’m extremely happy to win my first endurance race. Seb and Kazuki I think did an amazing job, made my life a little bit easier, and thanks to everyone in the team.”

In LMP2 the #26 G-Drive Racing of Jean-Eric Vergne, Andrea Pizzitola and Roman Rusinov took the class win, Vergne commented: “I think it was an amazing win. Obviously we don’t win in endurance without two good drivers and a good team, so big thanks to them. I think I did five stints in total.
The first two stints I drove, we pushed really hard. I think we extended the gap to 1m20-something. Then when I took back the car, we kept extending the lead, and then we had the Safety Car, so the lead went down to 12 seconds and I had to push again. Then I left, just didn’t do any mistakes, and went across the finishing line first.”

With such a great opening round delivered, Le Mans looks set to host another fantastic weekend of gruelling racing. The LMGTE Pro class will see a grid of seventeen entries, with Ford and Porsche both fielding four cars each.

Two of the Porsche entries will be in special liveries commemorating classic Le Mans liveries of the 70s and 80’s.

Paul di Resta

LMP2 Fields a huge grid of 20 entries with Jackie Chan Racing boasting 4 entries including two Ligiers as well as the Oreca’s. Algarve Pro Racing make their Le Mans return and United Autosports are joined on board their #22 Ligier by commentator and former F1 driver Paul di Resta.   

Charlie Eastwood

And there will be a number of familiar names making their Le Mans debut alongside di Resta and Alonso. Most prominently Jenson Button who will be on board the # SMP Racing LMP1. But other names familiar to motorsport fans include Pastor Maldonado, Mike Rockenfeller, Antonio Felix da Costa, Euan Hankey and Charlie Eastwood.

Fresh from his win in British GT last weekend Nicki Thiim will again be competing at Le Mans alongside fellow British GT Aston Martin drivers Marco Sorensen and Darren Turner.

Thiim also won the Silverstone round of Blancpain Endurance with new outfit R Motorsport in May.

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal will be the official race starter as the 24hr event gets underway at 1.30 pm GMT, 2.30pm CET on Saturday. While Grand Marshall will be 6 times Le Man winner Jacky Ickx.

Free practice commences this afternoon followed by the first qualifying session, with the final two qualifying sessions starting tomorrow evening.

Le Mans 2018 look ahead images ©www.porsche.de  ©Andy Fitzpatrick ©Allison Remzi 

British GT: Farmer and Thiim Triumph at Silverstone 500

It was another victory for TF Sports Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim as they took the GT3 win in the British GT Silverstone 500, the championships Blue Riband event. The duo also took the RAC trophy previously held by Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris. In an action packed race which saw multiple position changes at the front of the pack it was Barwell’s Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen that took second place after a great drive that saw them move up from twelfth place. In third place was Optimum Motorsports Jonny Adam and Flick Haigh in their first visit to the podium since their win at Oulton Park in April.

Riccardo Sanchez and Struan Moore who had began the race in pole position after a dominant qualifying run, looked set to repeat that performance holding a 16 second lead before the first round of pit stops, however when Struan Moore took over, the RJN Motorsport duo started to lose places.

Moore pitted again after completing just a few laps as his seat had come unclipped, slipped back in the Nissan GT-R Nismo and left Moore struggling to reach the pedals. Sanchez was duly sent back out and the pair eventually finished in fifth place.

Rick Parfitt Jnr had started the race in fourteenth place, was paired with former team mate Seb Morris who was drafted in at the very last minute when Ryan Radcliff was taken ill overnight.  Parfitt Jnr set a great pace getting past Jon Minshaw then Andrew Howard before spinning out after over steering, dropping Parfitt Jnr down to 13th place.

Morris took the seat and the Team Parker Racing #1 Bentley went on to finish in P6, they were set for P4 but a two place penalty was awarded post race due to Morris committing a yellow flag infringement.

Mark Farmer held pole position until the first pit stop when Marco Sorensen in the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin moved ahead, multiple order changes occurred, Beechdeans #99 Aston Martin with Darren Turner at the wheel also taking P1 for a while, but the pair struggled throughout with the performance of the Vantage eventually finishing in ninth place.  While Flick Haigh also fought her way up the order before handing the wheel to Jonny Adam in the final stint who consolidated their position.

Team ABBA’s Richard Neary made a return appearance at Silverstone alongside Adam Christadoulou, the team are currently entrants in the Britcar Endurance series, but just at over the half way point two bolts sheered from the front of the suspension mounting bringing the Mercedes AMG to a halt near the International pit straight and out of the race.

But it was Thiim and Farmer who remained unstoppable even despite losing places after a spin with Farmer at the wheel due to taking a hit from the #47Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin. Thiim fought back hard after serving success penalties, with just a one second gap ahead of Phil Keen which he widened to 3 seconds, bringing the #11 Aston Martin home in first place for the second time this season. 

Mark commented: “The team played a master stroke(with strategy) and Nicki drove  the car like he stole it and the team executed the pit stops flawlessly. Nicki stated: It was a great weekend, we started off really good, it was perfect I am so happy to win this race”

GT4 found the #43 Century Motorsport BMW of Alex Schjerpen and Jack Mitchell take the win after some hard fought racing right down to the drop of the flag, securing a second back to back win for the Century Motorsport squad.

Equipe Verschuur’s Finlay Hutchison and Daniel McKay who had started the race on pole suffered with front suspension failure in the final hour forcing their retirement and handing the lead to #42 Century Motorsports Ben Green and Ben Tuck, however after serving their success penalty the duo dropped back towards the end of the race.

The Tolman Motorsport McLarens had mixed fortunes with two of the three having to retire but Lewis Proctor and Jordan Albert had a faultless drive moving from seventh into first place before being dropped back to second which they held for the remainder of the race. Ben Tuck did battle for third place with Academy Motorsports Matt Nicoll-Jones, with Tuck managing to hold Nicoll-Jones off initially but as Patrick Matthiesen also went into the fray however contact with the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin although giving a clear run to the finish line, also resulted in the positions being reversed post race.

While Matt George who was competing in two cars found himself without the drive in the Invictus Games Racing #44 when it was retired early on in the race. However the Aston Martin shared with James Holder faired better finishing seventh in class.

At the post race press conference Alex Schjerpen had this to say: “The BMW was flying and Century did a brilliant job of the pit stops, Jack went fastest and was flying as well! we knew the BMW would be good but didn’t know how good.”

The next British GT round takes place at Spa on July 21st-22nd.  

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British GT Silverstone Qualifying: Sanchez and Moore take pole

In his debut British GT outing Ricardo Sanchez put the RJN Motorsport Nissan Nismo on pole in GT3 for tomorrow’s 3 hour race at Silverstone. Sanchez, who partners Struan Moore, is a former GT Academy winner and recently took third place in the Silver Cup in the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone.  While second place in qualifying was fastest in Free Practice 1, Mark Farmer and Nicky Thiim.

Farmer completing his session just 0.7 seconds behind Sanchez. The duo only just claiming second after mere fractions of a second kept third place Maxime Martin and Graham Davidson. Barwells Minshaw and Keen start from 13th, one place behind Championship leaders Yelmer Buurmen and Lee Mowle.

Equipe Verschuur claimed their first GT4 pole, Finlay Hutchinson and Daniel McKay comfortably holding off second position Academy Motorsports, Tom Wood and Jan Jonck.

Hutchinson remarked: “The car was perfect – I couldn’t fault it! This is the first time since Oulton Park that, as a team, we’ve maximised everything, and that Dan and I have managed to pull something out of the bag. I think this is his first endurance race so it’ll be a bit different to what we’re used to tomorrow.”

Third on the GT4 grid will be Fox Motorsports Mark Murfitt and Michael Broadhurst, Broadhurst also setting fastest time of the day and a British GT4 qualifying record in the second session, Murfitt was fastest in the Am category finishing his session seventh overall.

Elsewhere in GT4 Matt George held a good pace, his driving two cars in the event meant his Am Generation AMR Super Racing co driver James Holder went up against the pros in the second session giving Daniel McKay the advantage to put the Mclaren 570S on pole.

George’s second drive in the Invictus Racing #44 Jaguar alongside Paul Vice will start the race from 21st place.

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British GT Silverstone 500 look ahead

British GT  Silverstone 500 takes place this weekend for the series Blue Riband 3 hour race. The Silverstone 500 puts points and a half up for grabs as well as the prestigious RAC Trophy, last year won by 2017 champions Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr.

The event will also field the largest entry list of the season with 36 cars on the grid. Entries to look out for include former GT4 championship contender Alex Reed who returns aboard the Team HARD with Trade Price Cars Ginetta alongside Benjamin Wallace Reed commented: “I came so close to winning the British GT4 title in 2017 and hoped to return for another run at it this year, so it’s great to be involved, especially as I’ll be back behind the wheel of a Ginetta, which I’m so familiar with. I’m confident in Team HARD’s ability to provide a competitive racecar and there’s no doubt in my mind that we have the potential to achieve something spectacular at Silverstone.”

While long time Team HARD driver Jordan Stilp joins Callum Hawkins-Row in the #34 Ginetta after Anna Walewska earlier announced her withdrawal from the Silverstone round alongside University of Bolton who will also no longer be working with Team HARD.

Invictus Games Racings Matt George will be the first competitor to drive 2 cars in the same race when he continues his mentorship with the Invictus Games backed squad driving alongside Paul Vice and also joins James Holder in the Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin.

Speaking at an Invictus Games Racing VIP event George said: “Yes I am fortunate to be racing Aston Martin as well as the Invictus Car, it’s something that has not been done before, I’ve been training very hard and eating healthily. It’s going to to be difficult, it’s going to be a fantastic challenge and it’s nice for us professionals to prove to these guys(the Invictus Games Racing am drivers) that we are working as hard as they are!

Another addition to the grid will be Ricardo Sanchez who joins Blancpain team mate Struan Moore in the #24 RJN Motorsport Nissan, fresh from the teams Silver Cup podium place at Silverstone in May.

With Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman leading the championship just four and a half points ahead of Barwells Minshaw and Keen and a very competitive Darren Turner and Andrew Howard on 66 points in third place, the top of the leaderboard is wide open with points and a half available at Silverstone.

The British GT event features Supercar Sunday, a chance to see a paddock full of owner driven supercars, and the three hour race takes place on Sunday at 13.10.

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British GT Snetterton TF Sport dominate

A glorious Snetterton welcomed British GT and a race one win for a dominant TF Sports Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim after the duo’s powerhouse performance in qualifying put the duo on pole in both races. 

Race One: While pole sitter Ben Tuck of Century Motorsport dominated the first period in GT4, it was a bad start for Aleksander Schjerpen in the #43 Century Motorsport M4, pitting on the first lap with a tyre issue.

The race quickly settled but it was an impromptu early stop for #99 Beechdean Aston Martin of Andrew Howard after just 4 laps with two punctures due to contact with Flick Haigh and Jonny Adams  Aston Martin, which later resulted in the duo receiving a 30 second penalty dropping them down the race order. The #86 Steller Performance Toyota GT86 of Dean Macdonald and Alex Quinn was also an early retirement with engine issues.  

Back in the race the #47 Aston Martin of Graham Davidson and the #1 Bentley of Rick Parfitt Jnr passed Minshaw, Farmers #11 Aston Martin dropping back into 4th place. Then began a prolonged safety car period after the Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson drew to a halt after earlier contact.

Almost everyone pitted when the pit window opened still under the safety car, which caused a few infingements and subsequent penalties. Nicki Thiim was first out of the pits and at the end of the safety car period took a strong lead ahead of Maxime Martin and Phil Keen behind him and Ryan Ratcliffe in tenth place.

The battling at the the top of the field continued but it was TF Sports Nicki Thiim who was matchless and continued to dominate bringing the Aston Martin home ahead of Maxime Martin and Phil Keen in 3rd place.

Meanwhile in GT4 Matthew George took an unexpected  lead in the #44 Invictus Games Racing Jaguar, a place that would cost them a stop go penalty after serving a too short pit stop that had handed him the lead.

There was also stop go penalties for #53 and #54 UltraTek Racing Teams Nissans for pit lane infringements, moving Charlie Fagg in the #4 McLaren into the lead, however after fighting to hold off Joe Osborne, by fractions of a second it was the Tolman Motorsport duo of David Pattison and Osborne that eventually took the lead and win in GT4 putting Will Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones into 3rd place

Race two saw another fantastic win for TF Sport with Derek Johnston and Marco Sorenson taking the top step of the podium, topping a great weekend for the Surrey based squad. While the honours in GT4 went to Ben Tuck and Ben Green in their maiden British GT win in the BMW M4.

The race began with Ben Barnicoat in the #72 Track-Club McLaren needing recovery in the first lap, bringing out the safety car, which hampered Nicki Thiims chances of building a lead. Thiim continued to do battle with Sorenson holding a lead of just 2 seconds however the success penalty served at the halfway point put Thiim and Farmer behind Darren Turner and Andrew Howard now running in second place with Derek Johnston not relenting to pressure by Turner, the order in the top three remaining as the chequered flag fell.

Meanwhile Jon Minshaw went into battle with Flick Haigh, Haigh eventually moving into fourth place leaving Minshaw at the mercy of #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin which his the #33 Lamborghini sending Minshaw spinning, a move that saw Jetstream receive a 30 second penalty and Minshaw eventually finishing in fifth place.

GT4 saw some excellent close racing in the opening stint, Nicoll-Jones out in front until Jack Mitchell in the #43 Century Motorsport BMW took the lead. When the pit window opened, penalties and pit times changed the order Tolman Motorsports David Pattison in the #56 McLaren taking the lead, but eventually dropping back down the order into fourth place with Ben Green and Ben Tuck taking the win, Academy Motorsports Lewis Proctor and Jordan Albert in second and Balfe Motorsports Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore in third place.

British GT continues at Silverstone on June 9th and 10th, where Invictus Racings Matthew George will be racing the squads Jaguar as well as Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin alongside James Holder in the Blue Riband Event, a huge undertaking that will see George essentially driving for the entire three hour race.

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British GT Snetterton

 

 

Formula Renault Eurocup Silverstone: Victory for Fewtrell and Milesi

As a support race on the popular Blancpain GT Series as well as Formula 1, the Formula Renault Eurocup is a proving ground for the driver stars of the future. Former British F4 champion Max Fewtrell took the win on home soil in the first race, his second win this season.

Fewtrell was initially feeling the heat in race one from team mate Logan Sargeant however Fewtrell maintained pole and took a particularly good lead after the safety car period caused by contact between Frank Bird and Alex Peroni. Meanwhile Christian Lundgaard was involved in an incident with Raúl Guzmán for which he was penalized three grid positions for race two.

But it was a romp home for Fewtrell with Logan Sargeant in second and Yifei Ye in third place.

In the post race press conference Max Fewtrell Commented: “A win is always sweeter at home. I like this circuit and it’s been good to me! It would be hard to hope for a better comeback after the Monza weekend where I was run into twice. Today, my reaction at the start was a little slow. I forgot that there were three red lights and not five. I was somewhat comfortable in the race, but there were a few moments in turn 11! I know that it will be harder tomorrow. I will be in the first group on track, in contrast to Logan. He is really on it this weekend, but that won’t stop me from giving it everything I’ve got!”

In race two it was 17 year old Charles Milesi that took top step of the podium in his maiden Formula Renault Eurocup win. Milesi was under pressure from R-ace GP team mate Logan Sargeant but held the lead throughout making it a second one-two for R-ace GP with Sargeant in second place and Yifei Ye again completing the podium. Race one winner Fewtrell finished further back the field in fourteenth after an opening lap incident with Arthur Rougier, Thomas Maxwell and Frank Bird scuppered a double win chance.

The championship continues this weekend at Monaco on the Formula 1 support package.

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Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at Silverstone: return of the raging bulls

The one make series made its appearance at Silverstone on the Blancpain support package again this year. A stunning field of Huracans took to the Northamptonshire circuit on the scorching May weekend for some fantastic, close racing.

Taking the win in race one in the Pro class was Imperiale Racings Vito Postiglione and Karol Basz in their second consecutive win of the season. Postiglione commented “I managed to keep my position at the start. I tried to keep up with the leaders and managed to do so. I then opted to anticipate the pit stop. A choice that in the end paid off, with Basz coming back ahead and then remaining in the lead until the end, despite the many lapped drivers”.

In the Pro-am class it was victory for Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli of Antonelli Motorsport also taking a second win in a row. While the AM category found VS Racings August Macbeth and defending champion Andrzej Lewandowski taking top of class. In the Lamborghini Cup Joseph Collado took his first win in his first full season in Super Trofeo Europe.

Race two found 17 year old member of the Young Drivers Program of Lamborghini Squadra Corse Giacomo Altoè, take the win alongside Daniel Zampieri. The win puts Altoe in the lead of the championship standings, he later said:  “I’d like to thank my teammate Zampieri, who helped me a lot throughout the weekend to get the most out of such a difficult track as the Silverstone one, which I’d never seen before. Race 2 was fantastic; on the penultimate lap I managed to take advantage of a small mistake made by Tweraser and took the lead. I think it was a well-deserved victory”.

More success came for Antonelli Motorsport with Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli taking first place in PRO-Am and a second trip to the podium that weekend.

Also making it back onto the podium in race two was August Macbeth and Andrzej Lewandowski. Macbeth commented: “I’m really happy. Debuting with two victories was extraordinary. I wish to thank the whole team and my teammate Lewandowski”.

While the winner of the Lamborghini cup was Gerard Van der Horst of Van Der Horst Motorsport.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe moves to Misano June 23rd/24th.

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R-Motorsport Triumph at Blancpain GT Silverstone

As the Blancpain Endurance series returned to Silverstone it was the #76 of new team R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin driven by Matthieu Vaxiviere, Jake Dennis and Nicki Thiim that took a resounding win with more than 10 seconds ahead of second place #88 Mercedes AMG of AKKA ASP, with #114 Emil Frey Lexus taking third place.

There was some confusion after the mornings qualifying session due to the #76 Vantage being disqualified due to the data-logger not working, this would have put the car to the back of the grid, however the team lodged an appeal putting them on pole and in the event of their appeal being overturned race results would have been provisional.

At time of writing the #76 maintained its position and subsequent race win.

The #76 was never in any position to be seriously troubled by the #88 Mercedes of Adam Christodoulou, Tristan Vautier and Raffaelle Marciello. The AKKA ASP squad briefly took the lead after the first round of pit stops but with Jake Dennis now at the wheel of the #76, the lead position was quickly regained.

Jake Dennis commented: “I looked to my left coming out of the pits and I could see the Mercedes overtaking me. I pushed as hard as I could for a few laps to try and put some pressure on Tristan and the move paid off. We left each other enough space so there was good respect between us. From then on I just wanted to run a clean stint. The car was incredible all weekend. We’ve had a really strong package and my teammates have done an outstanding job.”

The #114 Emil Frey Lexus took third position and despite a a charge from Dries Vanthoor in the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 the #114 held third giving Lexus their first podium place in the Blancpain GT Series.

In the Silver Cup class it was top step of the podium for Abdul Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt and Gabrielle Plana in the Black Falcon Mercedes AMG, although it had looked as though the #54 Emil Frey Jaguar was set to take the win until the last hour of the race when a lost wheel brought them to a halt at Luffield and dropped them out of the race and down the final class order into seventh place.

Taking second place was the Reiter Young Stars squad of Mads Siljehaug, Lenny Marioneck and Patric Neiderhauser in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The team is made up of several students who work closely with industrial partners competing in the Reiter Young Stars Cup.

Third step of the podium in that class went to Jordan Witt, Ricardo Sanchez and Struan Moore in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of RJN Motorsport.

Pro-AM Cup found class honours going to Ram Racings Darren Burke, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey in the Mercedes AMG in a dominant win which saw Hankey take the final stint and a popular home win for the WEC driver.

In second place was the #42 Mercedes AMG of Strakka Racing helmed by Chris Buncombe, Nick Leventis and Lewis Williamson, Williamson also completing the fastest lap in class.   Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin in the AF Corse Ferrari 488 took third place while the #53 sister car completed the class in ninth place

The win in the AM Cup went to Garage 59’s Chris Harris, Alexander West and Chris Goodwin who finished just ahead of #89 AKKA ASP Teams Mercedes AMG of Phillipe Glauque, Eric Debard and Fabien Barthez with the Porsche 911 of Herberth Motorsport finishing class in third place.

British GT entrants Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw also competed, Minshaw on board the Barwell Lamborghini #77 which finished 42nd overall after contact with the #26 Audi took it into the International pit wall and out of the race.  

Keen was behind the wheel of the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan which finished 17th overall. Meanwhile last years British GT champion Seb Morris who is contesting the series in the Team Parker Racing Bentley was taken out of the race early on after engine problems drew their day to a close.

The Series continues at Paul Ricard on 1st/2nd of June.

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BARC & Britcar Endurance Silverstone 2018 Gallery

Britcar Endurance returned to the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone last weekend, with victory for Richard Neary in the Sprint Category of both races with Johnny Mowlem and Ivor Dunbar also doing a double win in both Endurance races.

 A large grid of entries included the new Honda Civic Type R run by Synchro, Alyn James put some very fast laps in for the factory squad, the team finishing 6th overall in the 2 hour endurance race.

Race 2 brought very different weather conditions to the first which was run in sunny dry conditions, while the two hour race run Saturday mid afternoon, saw a dry start, but when rain began to fall so the incidents on track also started stacking up.

The racing was never less than hard fought with the likes of Sarah Moore doing battle with Adam Morgan, earning her Britcar Driver of the Day, but Stewart Lines and Adam Morgan claimed overall third in the SEAT Cupra, battling the on track conditions that saw many cars struggling.

Among those that came to strife was the Porsche Cayman of Brad and Rick Nevinson as well as the EDF Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage which suffered gearbox issues, putting Mal Sandford and Ben Seyfried out of the race.

In the Ginetta corner it was Team HARD who dominated as opposed to Black Mamba Racing who had given Team HARD a run for their money at Rockingham.

Simon Rudd & Tom Barley took P1 & P2 in class in race 1 and 2 respectively, and Adam Hatfield & Callum Hawkins-Row taking P1 & P4.

Also on track was the MSA Superkart Championship, OSS Championship, Classic FF1600, Kumho BMW Championship and the Caterham Graduate Championship.

In the Superkarts Championship Paul Platt takes a resounding lead after just two rounds while former champ Gavin Bennett had a continuation of his problems in the Cadwell Park round, retiring from all three Silverstone races.

 

 

 

While the OSS Championship saw a huge grid of 42 entries ranging from Radicals to the stunning

Manderson Whiteland of Matt Manderson and some fantastic sports car racing across the weekend.

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