Despite a long stop to replace a missing tail light the Strata 21/Neil Garner Motorsport continues to leads the 2012 Britcar 24 Hours.
The damage was done in the opening stint, but the pit crew went to work to secure a new light to the right rear of the #17 car with darkness approaching. Team LNT run second, despite problems of their own, Lawrence Tomlinson experiencing what he described as a “blowout” of the right rear tyre on the #6 Ginetta G55.
There were tyre troubles too for the MB Racing Aston Martin, a rapid stint for Jamie Wall – lapping far quicker than Paul White in the Mosler – coming to a sudden end when a front tyre parted company with the chromed Vantage. Fortunately Wall was able to return to the pits and the car returned to the track with minimal delay.
Team Tiger lead the battle of the Marcos Mantis in Class Two over Topcats Racing with the Corum Sport Chevron still leading Class Three after making a second pitstop of the race for Chris Hyman to replace Bradley Ellis in the GR8. Their early rivals for the Class Three lead – Intersport – had their challenge derailed by a broken diff, which the team were working to replace in the garage at the end of the hour.
At almost the same time as Intersport stopped in the garage a broken driveshaft left Optimum Motorsport’s Ginetta G50 similarly under repair by the team, slipping to 22nd overall and still in the pits at the end of the hour.
Team Toyota GB lead Class Four from Brunswick Automotive and Piranha/Fauldsport, all three on the same lap having completed 69 laps in three hours, ten fewer than the leading Mosler, which enjoys a healthy three lap lead over the MB Aston Martin.
The Honda Jazz, out of the Class Four lead, was the last car to make its opening pitstop, Martin Byford bringing in the car for a long pitstop to cure a problem of a sticking throttle, Byford having to pull the pedal back to avoid an accident, only cramp bringing an end to the stint, rather than fuel or tyres. After a fairly rapid repair Alyn James returned the Jazz to the race.
In the same class the Carvell Motorsport Jaguar XF-S was delayed by a broken gearbox.
2012 Britcar 24 Standings After 2 Hours:
1 – Neil Garner Motorsport – White/Cintrano/Morcillo/Sharp
2 – MB Racing – West/Wall/Brown/Cripps
3 – Team LNT – Tomlinson/Kimber-Smith/Dean/Simpson
1 – Team Tiger – Beighton/Finnemore/Beighton
2 – Topcats Racing – Huggins/Bankhurst/Black/Solivellas
3 – MP Motorsport – Abra/Poole/Bardwell/Symons
1 – Corum Sport – Abra/Poole/Bardwell/Symons 2
2 – Strata 21 – Smith/Coomes/Wheeler/Craven
3 – MMC Motorsport – Cox/Cox/Cox/Borness
1 – Team Toyota GB – Hodgetts/Hodgetts/Primrose/Meaden
2 – Brunswick Automotive – Griffiths/Green/Kirkpatrick/Forsbrey
3 – Piranha/Fauldsport – Mason/Bryant/Ratcliffe/Bialan