As the Britcar Endurance Championship 2018 opened at Rockingham it was a double win for Richard Neary in the Sprint category. Neary who has competed the last few years in British GT in the stunning Team ABBA Mercedes AMG, alongside Martin Short, saw off challenges by the Ferrari 458 of David Mason and Ross Wylie in race one and the Ferrari 488 of John Seale in race two.
Neary finished more than a minute ahead of Mason and Wyle in the opening race, while in the second race just under 3 seconds ahead of John Seale.
The endurance category was dominated by the two Black Mamba Racing Ginetta GT4’s, #22 driven by Andy Demetriou and Luke Williams, and Chris Papageorgiou and Jayde Kruger in #6. Demetriou/Williams took the endurance win in race one and third overall, with the #6 car taking second in class, barely seconds behind.
Taking third and fourth in class was the Team Hard Ginetta pairings of Simon Rudd and Tom Barley in #24 and #285 of Darron Lewis and Adam Hatfield.
In the second Endurance race it was another great show for Demetriou/Williams who took first overall and first in class, with the Track Focused KTM X Bow of Mike McCollum and Sean Cooper taking second and Team Hards Rudd/Barley completing the podium in third place.
Also out on track was Stewart Lines who currently competes in the newly launched TCR UK series. Alongside him in the Maximum Motorsport SEAT Cupra was BTCC competitor Adam Morgan.
From the TCR UK series was Darrelle Wilson in the beautiful Porscheshop 911 alongside Ian Heward. While it was also great to see BTCC Rob Austins old Audi A4 “Sherman” in the hands of Alex and Robert Day.
The Championship continues at Silverstone on May 12th.
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