At the half way point of the 2011 Britcar 24 Hours the lead trio remain relatively stagnant. All three leaders are Class One representatives, with the Eclipse Motorsport Ferrari still lead the Topcats Mosler and the no.1 MJC Ferrari.
All three are circulating at similar pace with laps in between them. However, the best racing on the track lies – also in the top ten – with the lead for Class Three.
The Nicholas Mee Racing Aston Martin and the Cor Euser led Marcos International run Lotus Evora have been running on the same lap, the Lotus twice taking the Class Three lead with a move on track, once either side of losing the lead during a scheduled pitstop.
The half way hour also ended the run of having all four classes present in the race inside the top ten, the moment coming when the Class Three Motionsport Lotus Elise passed Brunswick Automotive – the Class Four leaders – for tenth overall.
Also fighting in the lower half of the top ten is the Aquila, driving back from a driveshaft failure earlier in the night. Though now gaining ground at nowhere near the rate it was earlier in the race the Danish machine entered under Nigel Mustill‘s name has still been able to pull itself up to eighth, though still 19 laps off of the overall pace.
After the recent delay – and likely retirement – of the CTR Developments Lotus the Class Four leaderboard has been shuffled. The Mark Griffiths lead Brunswick Automotive BMW leads over the Mardi Gras Motorsport Honda Integra and the SEAT of Dutch Red Camel team.
Fourth in class is the Mazda MX5 of the four motoring journalists – the best of the three Jota run Mazda MX5s after both the armed forces car – also in Class Four – and the GT version suffered hefty delays early on.
2011 Britcar 24 Hours class leaders after hour twelve
1 – No.2 Ferrari – McInerney/McInerney/Keen
2 – No.3 Mosler – Beaumont/Fletcher/Draper/Hetherington
3 – No.1 Ferrari – Gamski/Robinson/Gaw/Dryburgh
1 – No.27 Marcos – Upton/Huggins/Fletcher/Orton
2 – No.5 Porsche – Konopka/O'Donnell/Myszkowski/Lewandowski/Edwards
1 – No.57 Lotus – Euser/Prewitt/Brody/Freebird/McKinnon
2 – No.49 Aston Martin – Le Blanc/Van Lanschot/De Zille/Nimkoff
3 – No.68 BMW – Clarke/Gibson/Radcliffe/Hayes
1 – No.89 BMW – Griffiths/Green/Forsbrey/Kirkpatrick
2 – No.88 Honda – Smail/Meins/Lillingston-Price/Harding
3 – N0.84 Seat – Breukers/Thijssen/Jensiew/Han