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It was announced this morning that Toyota have withdrawn their appeal against the disqualifications and released the following statement by Akio Toyoda, the president of the Toyota Motor Corporation: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

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