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Britcar Production Champs Aim For GT Classes In 2011

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After clinching the Production Class title for Bullrun in 2010 David Green and Richard Adams are keen to go one better as they hope to move into the GT ranks in the new Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship.

“We'd like to make it three trophies in three years – we would like to be in GT Class 2, and are talking to sponsors now” confirms Adams, a man who is, by day, director of packaging manufacturer Differenti-8. “No definite plans for which car we want to run yet, but we are looking for something that will be quick and reliable enough to put the destiny of the silverware for 2011 firmly in the hands of the Bullrun drivers, rather than having to rely on other team making mistakes or just plain luck!”

The pair won the Production title by a single point in 2010, a point for fastest lap at Brands Hatch enough to collect the trophy despite their SEAT ending the race in gravel trap. But it was the end of a full year of racing for the team.

After their 2009 team – 888 Solutions – disappeared at the end of that season it came down to the final weeks before the start of the 2010 campaign, when a new car – that Green had raced in the 2008 SEAT Championship – and a new sponsor – Luxury Car Rally organiser Bullrun – combined to keep them on the grid.

“It was David's old car, and it crashed in the very last race of that season,” Adams explains. “SEAT dealers Barretts of Canterbury rebuilt it, and it ended up with Pete Daniels, who used to run it for David. We secured the major sponsorship from Bullrun just three weeks before the start of the season, then bought the Seat back from Pete. Barretts converted it for Britcar, with a bigger fuel tank, dry-break system, etc.” Barretts' staff also make up much of the team's engineering back-up at races, as well as the dealership joining as a sponsor for the second half of the title season.

“Fastest class lap every race (I think a record for Production), the class win at Donington,” Adams lists the highlights of successful campaign. “And of course, taking the title at the Brands Hatch night race.”

“This really has to be my best season for many reasons,” says co-driver Green. “The only thing that could compare was when I was awarded a season's drive in the Sony/VW Cup, which started my racing career after karts, at a shootout in the Autosport show in 1995. That gave me the chance to go racing, but this year has to clinch it for the drama and excitement that has gone on. Competing with another driver has been a new thing for me too, over the last two seasons, and I've found it very rewarding, with the planning and strategy that goes into these team endurance events”

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