The sixteenth hour of the 2012 Britcar 24 Hours included the eighth appearance of the safety car this year, scrambled after the APO Sport Renault Clio stopped on the approach to the Arena section on the Silverstone Grand Prix track.
However, they were not the most spectacular exit. The Rogue Motorsport Toyota MR2 pulled over on the approach to Brooklands trailing flame, the marshals acting quickly to minimise the damage to the car allowing it to continue after a quick visit to the pits.
At the head of the race the MP Motorsport BMW continues to lead with a three lap advantage over the MB Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The Aston Martin team hold a two lap lead over the Strata21 Mosler for Class One honours with Team LNT’s Ginetta G55 a further two lap in arrears.
After the problems for Perfection Racing Europe GT4 Aston Martin the best of Class Four is still ahead of the Class Three leaders overall, though the lead in Class Four has changed, Red Camel.nl taking the position from the Brunswick Automotive in the hour, with the Team Toyota GB entry maintaining third in class and ninth overall.
Another name on the list teams to retire was the #91 Rogue Motorsport BMW, a race filled with broken propshafts finally coming to an end for the squad in the dawn light of Silverstone.
2012 Britcar 24 Hours Standings After 16 Hours
1 – MB Racing – West/Wall/Brown/Cripps
2 – Neil Garner Motorsport – White/Cintrano/Morcillo/Sharpe
3 – Team LNT – Tomlinson/Kimber-Smith/Dean/Simpson
1 – MP Motorsport – Poole/Symons/Bardwell/Abra
2 – Optimum Motorsport – Osborne/Mowle/Fletcher/Rattenbury
3 – Topcats Racing – Huggins/Bankhurst/Black/Solivellas
1 – Perfection Racing – Spires/Jensen/Johanson/Holmgaard/Klosterman
2 – Intersport – Clarke/Gibson/Hayes/Radcliffe
3 – MMC Motorsport – Spencer/Cassar/Lewis/Pettit
1 – Red Camel.nl – Breukers/Thijssen/de Heus
2 – Brunswick Automotive – Griffiths/Green/Kirkpatrick/Forsbrey
3 – Team Toyota GB – Hodgetts/Hodgetts/Primrose/Meaden