Mason and Wylie master tricky conditions
SILVERSTONE INTERNATIONAL BARC OCTOBER 6-7
David Mason and Ross Wylie were the indisputable stars of the Britcar Endurance Championship weekend, stretching away in the Sprint championship lead on the back of two strong results.
The duo’s Ferrari 458 GT3 started on pole for the sprint race after persistent rain forced organisers to abandon the usual qualifying format, and grid order was determined by an abstruse mixture of class and championship positions. But Mason dropped down the order immediately owing to confusion over the starting procedure in the wet: he followed the safety car into the pits while the others took the rolling start.
Fulvio Mussi seized the lead and had a strong opening stint in his Ferrari 458 Challenge before a crash during team-mate Ronnie Garrick’s first racing lap forced them out for the day.
This left the Ferrari 488 of Jamie Stanley and John Seale to take the victory despite the best efforts of Wylie, who had the speed but not enough laps to retake the lead.
Broken brake calipers forced Stanley and Seale out before the reduced 50-minute endurance race, leaving Wylie and Mason to inherit their second pole position of the day. The pair built up a lead of nearly 40 seconds in the early part of the race and although second-placed Jonny Macgregor narrowed the gap, his Taranis was unable to challenge the dominant #7 car.
In the Michelin Clio Cup, recently re-crowned champion Ben Palmer focused on completing a clean sweep in 2018, having won the 13 races to date.
Race one followed the form guide as Palmer claimed a comfortable victory. But although he led from pole in race two, he lost his 100% win record when his
throttle cable snapped on the second lap.
Palmer’s retirement promoted Ben Colburn into the lead, and he proceeded to dominate the race to grab second place in the championship from Simon Freeman, who headed a four-way battle for third on track behind Ronan Pearson.
Nic Harrison was able to perform the season sweep in the production-spec Road Class with his 14th and 15th class victories.
In the Junior Saloon Car Championship Lewis Saunders extended his title lead with a win in the opening race, passing Joel Wren for the victory on the penultimate lap. Ben Kasperczak won the second race.
Aaron Smith claimed the Mini Miglia Championship after winning race one, while former points leader Dave Drew spun after a touch from Alex Osborne and was forced to enact a recovery drive. Smith snatched the win on the final lap from reigning Historic Formula 1 champion Nick Padmore, who won the second race.
By dominating both races in the Kumho BMW Championship – and securing a six-race win streak to close the season – Garrie Whittaker was able to seal second in the championship. James Card, runner-up in both races, ended the season third in points. Russell Dack took class victories in both races to win a closely contested CC crown under pressure from title rival Paul Wood.
The Mini Se7en Championship went to Max Hunter, who took victory in the opening race while title rival Spencer Wanstall dropped to the back of the pack after picking up a puncture from contact with Dan Budd. Andrew Deviny pipped Wanstall on the final lap to win race two.
Stuart Plotnek earned a maiden win of the season in the final race of the MG Owners’ Club Championship. He passed race one winner and champion Martin
Wills, who eventually finished the final race in sixth place.
Wylie bounced back after Mason’s ‘pitstop’ handed lead to Mussi (behind)
Hunter was crowned Mini Se7en champion