Pass, Penalty Give BAMD Crew Sunday Victory


Greensall passed the Simpson Motorsport Audi for what would be the lead (Credit: Jurek Biegus)

A move completed a foot of the formidable rise through Eau Rouge to Radillion proved, fittingly, to be the pass that elevated BAMD pairing Darren Nelson and Nigel Greensall to victory in the second Britcar Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps.

However, having completed the second half of the race, including the decisive pass, Greensall was only the second man to pass beneath the checkered flag at the end of the two hour race. He came home 20 seconds behind Jake Camilleri’s MARC Focus. Soon after the race Camilleri was excluded from the results for failing to serve a penalty following a pitstop that came in below the minimum duration.

The Australian remained on track, leading the way for much of the second half of the race, but had the win taken off him soon after ceremonies were complete.

For his part Greensall had been catching Camilleri throughout his stint, cutting the lead from nearly a minute to just 19 seconds by the end of the lap. That stint included a ballsy ballsy move on the Simpson Motorsport Audi for second on the road. Greensall pulled up beside the Audi down the hill from La Source, sweeping around the outside at the point where the track crosses the crimson stream that gives the track’s signature corner its name.

Simpson Motorsport drivers Franck Pelle and Peter Cook combined to stake second, David Mason and Calum Lockie taking third as Class Two entrants swept the overall podium places once more.

Just as in the opening race a second pitstop delayed Mason and Lockie, Mason stopping late on to hand the FF Corse run Ferrari 458 Challenge back to Lockie for the closing stages.

Cor Euser and Os Yusef reprised their role as Class Three winners from the weekend’s first race a lap ahead of Intersport pairing Ian Donaldson and Anna Walewska.

Westlake Motorsport’s Cris Kayes and Andy Thompson finished ninth overall, winning Class Four ahead of Track Torque’s David Webb and Andrew Gibbs. The Cunningham family driven SEAT, class winners in the Saturday race was the cause of a safety car period on the hour mark after Mark Cunningham crashing the car at Radillion.

The Class One field was similarly in the wars.

A 20 minute mid-race delay for the Saturday winners Neil Garner Motorsports kept them to just 12th overall. However, with mechanical issues taking class rivals Mike Millard and Team Tiger out of the race in the first hour they added another class win to their 2014 honours.