As the 24H Series made its return to Silverstone, making its debut was the 12H Silverstone which saw prototypes and GT’s running on the famous circuit with the race split across Friday and Saturday. As the overlap of the 12h and 24H race took place on Saturday, Protos, GT’s and TCR’s were running together for the first time.
The Proto class saw a low entry of 3 cars, including the only entry in the CN class, CN of Krafft Racing and two Ginetta G57’s of Simpson Motorsport. There was drama for that team when damage to one of their chassis’s in practice on Thursday meant a new chassis was shipped overnight from Ginetta’s Yorkshire HQ.
Both Ginetta’s suffered a few problems across the 12 hour race including a puncture and power issues but the #4 G57 crossed the line first in the class and overall, taking Simpson Motorsport to the top of the podium.
The GT winner was the ROFGO Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 of Roald Goethe, Stuart Hall and Daniel Brown who adapted to the wet weather conditions that blighted the newly resurfaced Silverstone across the weekend. Despite a crash early on with PROSport Performances Mercedes that resulted in a broken diffuser for the British team,
the trio put in a stunning performance putting them top of the podium with Forch Racing’s Porsche 991 of Zeljko Drmic, Patrick Eisemann and Robert Lukas taking second place. Third place went to Grasser Racing Team’s Rolf Ineichen, Mark Ineichen, Franck Perera and British GT contestant Phil Keen in the Lamborghini Huracan.
Bohemia Energy with Scuderia Praha had to be content with finishing fifth overall with their Ferrari 488. Jiri Pisarik Josef Kral and Matteo Malucelli put in a sterling effort, finishing the first 5 hour stint of the race on Friday in the lead and continued to do so when the race resumed for the final 7 hours on Saturday,
however an accident which resulted in some considerable damage to the body work of the car meant time was lost and with post race penalties added, the unfortunate team missed out after running a highly competitive race initially.
The new format saw the 2018 GT and Proto European Championship kick off ahead of the Navarra round in April. Weather conditions in Europe ahead of the Silverstone round may have been a contributing factor to the low numbers entered into the British round and on track conditions certainly set drivers many challenges but it’s hoped that the series will continue to attract drivers to the annual Silverstone event.
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