As summer slowly recedes and autumn becomes ever more a reality most race series are preparing for their final rounds. Not so at the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship which last weekend rolled into Donington Park for round five of a season of 8 races the last of which will occur in early November.
A mid-term report for the series would show that it is in good health following it’s re-branding in 2016 with strong grids of 20+ cars. Donington was no different with a line up boasting several Ferrari’s including a 458 GTE, alongside the regular GT4 Astons and Ginettas and the seemingly ever present Mosler.
The NGMsport Mosler has actually had a difficult season contesting only two of the previous four rounds and failing to finish in both so Donington was the opportunity to get the season back on track and back on track it was. Pole position was claimed half a second ahead of the nearest Ferrari and comfortable victories secured in both races aided only slightly by a lack of pit stop penalties following their recent poor results.
The drive of the day probably went to Jonny MacGregor and the MacG Racing team who started the day running the Polish designed and built Arrinera Hussarya which, apart from running the hill at Goodwood, was enjoying only its second ever race weekend. Having posted a 4th fastest time in qualifying the engine expired and the car was withdrawn but the ever resourceful team, whose base is within minutes of the circuit, were able to collect their Ultima derived Taranis and were allowed to start at the back of the field for race 2.
Driving the car alone in the 90 minute race, MacGregor worked through the field to finish in a worthy second place and gain a podium place which earlier in the day seemed completely out of reach.
The next round follows on the 21st of October at Oulton Park where Witt Gamski and Ross Wylie in their Ferrari 458 GTE will look to consolidate their slender nine point lead in the championship having passed Simon Rudd and Tom Barley whose Team Hard Ginetta G55 GT4 had held the lead of the championship for much of the year. Bonomy Grimes and Jonny Mowlem are still in the hunt in third place following a double victory of their own at Brands Hatch in their Ferrari 458 Challenge.
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