Britcar - Silverstone

March 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Recently I was lucky enough to receive a season pass for the Britcar series of endurance races.

Those who do not know what is is here is an excerpt from Wikipedia 

Britcar is an Endurance Motor Racing series formed in 1997, as a result of a discussion in a Nürburgring bar between Willie Moore and James Tucker. Folklore has it that James Tucker and John Veness formed the organizing European Endurance & Racing Club (EERC) with a £10 note found on the ground. The foremost aim was the re-introduction of a 24-Hour Race in Britain.

 

Competing cars vary from the Renault Clio RS through BMW M3sPorsche GT3s, a stalwart of the series: the Marcos Mantis GT, and exotics such as the Mosler.

The successful first year of competition was in 2002, and following tremendous growth in 2003, it attracted Sky Sports coverage in their Motor Sports section in 2004. The first year of the Britcar 24-Hour Race was 2005 which was won by Rollcentre Mosler of Martin Short.[1] This was followed by packed grids in 2006 season culminating in a capacity field for the 24-Hours.[2] EERC became a Motor Sports Association (MSA) approved Championship in 2007 as well being the now essential 24 hours. It played a supporting role to the British round of the A1 Grand Prix. The presenters of the well known British car show Top Gear took part in the 2007 event, coming third of the five diesel cars, and 39th overall, at the end of the 24 Hours.

Such is its current popularity that over-subscription now means that there are reserves waiting for grid positions.

 

On Saturday 24th of March after a few beers the night before (usual form) we made an early start to Silverstone Circuit to ensure we could cover every aspect of the day. 

After a very foggy start, the fog was burnt away by glorious sunshine and what was to be a very good day.

With passes around our necks we were able to gain access to just about everywhere including the pit lanes even during the race.

 

Wee also got some great tips from some of the regular press who advised us that its OK to drive to different sections of the track which w

as very handy to know.

With the access we were able to get we could get some fantastic locations trackside and the marshals and stewards was extremely helpful.

 

At one point we drove around to the new Pit Complex known as The Wing due to the shape of the building, it is a very impressive place and I look forward to seeing it in all its glory in the British Grand Prix.

 

One thing that was interesting is that the new pit lane is significantly lower than the track I am will look forward to seeing what differences that may have during the Grand Prix

 

We were able to get some fantastic pictures and I am certainly looking forward to the next race at Donnington.

 

You can see the rest of the pictures in the gallery which can be found HERE

 

 

 

 


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