Dan Eagling will join father and son Peter and Matt Smith for this weekend’s Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship (BEC) race at Donington Park.
Eagling, a former Clio Cup runner also has experience racing in the Le Mans Series for Virgo Motorsport, the team which has run the Smith’s Ginetta G55 Cup in this year’s BEC campaign. The trio will take on the four hour ‘into the night’ race at the Midlands track, the final points-paying round of the season, as well as the longest race of the year – aside, of course, from the non-championship Britcar 24 Hours.
The team will run in Class Four, competing against the Strata 21 entered Porsche and Jensen Motorsport’s Chevron GR8, driven by Jensen Lunn and Sarah Bennett-Baggs.
At the top of the overall standings only five points separate Class Three champions Bullrun and Class One team Neil Garner Motorsports. However, with the provisional entry list of the event including twice as many Class One runners than Class Three, the Bullrun team simply need to be classified to collect the points to become champions.
The Neil Garner Motorsport team – Manuel Cintrano, Javier Morcillo and Paul White – will face opposition from season long rivals SB Race Engineering as well as MacG Racing and Optimum Motorsport, who finished second in the BEC’s April race at Donington over three hours.
Furthermore, the provisional entry list includes three invitation entries in the class – ineligible for points, but still capable of taking the trophies. MJC ltd and GT3 Racing – 2010 and 2011 Britcar champions respectively – return to the championship while Richard Abra and Mark Poole, who were part of the winning team at the 2012 Britcar 24 Hours will make their race debuts in their new Aston Martin Vantage GT3.