CLUBS WORKING TO REGAIN LOST RACES
GROUP NATIONAL EDITOR
The British Racing and Sports Car Club and Motorsport Vision Racing are both evaluating ways to try to reschedule the lost races from Silverstone last weekend after torrential rain curtailed the British GT and F3 meeting.
Unusually heavy rainfall and thunder and lightning descended on the circuit shortly after the finish of the Silverstone 500 British GT round, delaying the start of the third and final BRDC British F3 Championship race.
The stewards sent the safety car out to evaluate the circuit, but opted to abandon the meeting as conditions had deteriorated to an unsafe extent. The final F3 race, along with the second races for the Volkswagen Racing Cup and Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club were all cancelled.
Both the BRSCC and MSVR, which will run one of the final two Uk-based GT meetings each, are now evaluating schedules to see if it will be viable to run any of the lost races, or whether they will be struck from their respective championships.
BRSCC clerk of the course Bernard Cottrell said: “We waited for as long as we could for the rain to clear but when the safety car was having trouble lapping there wasn’t a decision to make. At Silverstone you also have a curfew to respect, and it was clear time was running out.”
MSVR competitions director David Scott, who is also clerk of the course for British F3, said: “We sent the safety car out and it created a bow wave and aquaplaned at 40mph. There was half-an-inch of standing water at all corners and the run-off was flooded, so the track wasn’t suitable for anything to race on.
“We fully endorse the decision of Bernard [Cottrell] and the stewards because it was a matter of safety.
“We’re running out of meetings. There will be no fourth F3 race at Spa [the next round in July], so it leaves us with Snetterton [August] and Donington Park [September], both of which have busy timetables. But there has been no firm decision as yet.”