The opening round of the Britcar Endurance series took place last weekend at Silverstone with the introduction of the new categories, Sprint and Endurance. The new format sees a 50 minute and a 2 hour Endurance race, while the Sprint category sees two 50 minute races, run simultaneously with the Endurance class races.
The 33 strong grid was dominated by FF Corse’s six 458’s and Team Hard’s 4 Ginetta G55’s.
In the first 50 minute race, driving the Ferrari 458 Challenge, the pairing of Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver Dino Zamparelli and Mike Wilds, a veteran of many series from Formula 1 to Touring Cars took first place on the podium with a lead of almost 10 seconds on 2nd place duo Manuel Cintrano and Javier Morcillo in the Neil Garner Motorsports Mosier.
Coming in third was another Porsche Carrera Cup GB driver Ross Wylie and Witt Gamski debuting his Ferrari 458 GTE. Class wins included Wilds & Zamperelli, Cintrano & Morcillo, Brough & Hollings in their Ferrari 458 Challenge and teenager Edward Moore in the Ginetta G50.Race two wasn’t without its drama when the Porsche 911 of Marcus Fothergill halted on its 30th lap which eventually led to the deployment of the safety car, this allowed much of the field to take advantage, using the time for refuelling. The prolonged safety car period assisted the FF Corse Ferrari 458 Challenge of Bonamy Grimes & former European Le Mans Series GT Champion, Johnny Mowlem
to take eventual 1st place when all signs had pointed to the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 then driven by Adam Wilcox to take top of the podium, however a late drive through penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag, a penalty later disputed by the Aston Martin drivers, gave the Ferrari all it needed to take the race, with the Ferrari of Brough & Hollings completing the podium, all 3 cars completing 95 laps.
In the Sprint Class Edward Moore again impressed taking 1st place with a 15 second lead on Paul Calladine both drivers in Ginetta G50’s.Taking third place was the Porsche Cayman GT4 of Nevinson & Cooper. Class 3 saw Team Hard takeover the podium with Rudd/Barley, Bearne/Wylie and Lewis/Knight cleaning up.
But the day belonged to one marque, in Class 2 all but one of the top six were Ferrari’s. The next round takes place at Snetterton on 6th May.
Allison Remzi All Images, unless indicated ©Andy Fitzpatrick