John Seale and Jamie Stanley took overall victory in both of Saturday’s Britcar Endurance races on the sun drenched Silverstone International circuit. The pairing driving a JMH Motorsport prepared Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo started from pole position in race one but with Seale starting the race he was out-dragged to the first corner by a pair of fast starting Pragas.
Seale was back in the lead by turn 3 as the leading Praga of Abbie Eaton collided with the second placed car of Richard Wells. Wells was able to continue and with team mate, Alex Kapadia, fought their way from the back of the field to finish 4th overall and third in the Praga category. Eaton was forced to pit to repair damage and eventually finished in P26 overall but taking the fastest lap in class as consolation.
Most eyes were on the new for 2021 Praga category and with seven cars starting the race, three of which took the top 4 overall places behind the Lamborghini of Seale and Stanley.
Jack Fabby and Charlie Martin took P2 overall and the Praga category win ahead of Chris Wesemael and Richard Morris who led a large part of the race before a problem with the car saw them lose P1 to Jamie Stanley in the Lamborghini in the final 10 minutes.
Wow, what a weekend !! P1🏆 & P2🏆 in the first two @BritcarNews races of the season 🥳
— Charlie Martin (@GoCharlieM) April 24, 2021
Wesemael was then passed by Fabby in the #91 Powerhouse Performance by Praga leaving Wesemael finishing in P3 ahead of the Praga of Kapadia which had recovered from the back of the field.
The Fox Transport Nissan GT3 of Richard Wheeler and Danny Harrison took P5 overall ahead of the Praga of YouTube star Jimmy Broadbent and his driving partner, last year’s Britcar champion, Jem Hepworth.
Class 2 victory went to the Simon Green Motorsport Ferrari 488 Challenge of Lucky Khera and Ross Whylie who finished 8th overall just ahead of the class 3 winners, Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem in the Red River Sport Ferrari 458 Challenge.
Class 4 saw the Cupra TCR of Alex Day and William Foster take the win 12 seconds ahead of the Simpson Motorsport Audi of Hugo Cook and Sacha Kakad. The following six Class 4 places were split between Porsche, Seat, VW and Aston Martin. The Porsche Cayman GT4 of Simon Green Motorsport took P3 just 8.4 seconds ahead of the Porsche 981 GT4 of PB Racing.
The Porsche was chased over the line less than half a second ahead of the Motus One Cupra TCR with the Maximum Motorsport VW Golf TCR a further half second behind that.
Team Brit was the first Aston Martin GT4 home, Bobby Trundley and Aaron Morgan taking 19th place overall in front of seasoned Aston Martin campaigner Chris Murphy in the Whitebridge Aston.
Race two was marked by a multiple car accident on the approach to turn 3 which took out several cars and resulted in a long safety car period as the debris was cleared up.
At the end it was Seale and Stanley who took their second win of the day, overcoming the 15 second success penalty from winning race 1. Behind them the top positions were more of a mix between Class 1 and the Praga category.
Abbie Eaton and Gordie Mutch made up for the disappointment of race 1 by taking P2 overall and P1 in the Praga category. Gordie Mutch could celebrate having also captured the fastest lap time in the category.
The Fox Transport Nissan GT3 took P3 ahead of the Fabby / Martin Praga who took P4 overall despite an off late on in the race.
Dave Scaramanga and Will Powell took the McLaren 650S GT3 to P5 ahead of Richard Wells and Alex Kapadia who initially led the race but dropped down the field.
Franck Pelle, racing solo in the Simpsons Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, finished P7 having led the race through the early pit stops. His result matched his finishing place in race 1.
Jimmy Broadbent and Jem Hepworth took P4 in the Praga category and 8th overall despite battling early on in the race with Jack Fabby and Charlie Martin.
There were no finishers in class 2 as Michael Jones and Craig Davies were the only team to take the start in their Ferrari 488 Challenge however their race ended in the first lap incident at Farm.
Class 3 victory went again to Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem. Behind the FF Corse / Red River Sport Ferrari 458 Challenge was the Woodrow BMW 1M of Matty Evans and Kevin Clarke. Britcar veterans Mark and Peter Cunningham took P3 in the SG Racing Porsche 997 Cup.
#16 Bonamy Grimes / @johnnymowlem (@RedRiverSport @FerrariRaces 458 Challenge) – 10th (overall) 1ST (Class 3)#RedRiverSport | #Britcar | #BEC | #Ferrari | #FerrariCompetizioniGT pic.twitter.com/AMsWYBNIni
— Red River Sport (@RedRiverSport) April 24, 2021
Class 4 saw the Simpson Motorsport Audi TCR take the win just ahead of the Team Brit Aston Martin GT4 who, to compliment their P2 finish also took the fastest lap in class. The PB racing Porsche 981 GT4 MR of Peter Erceg finished off the podium places in class 4.
The next race in the championship will take place at Snetterton on Saturday the 8th March.
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