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Strata 21 Pair Clinch Endurance Championship Class Title

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Mosler MT900R drivers Calum Lockie and Paul White claimed the GT Class One title of the MSA British Endurance Championship, sealing the win with a third overall at Snetterton.

The Strata 21 drivers picked up top class points from the three hour race after finishing behind the invitation entry Ferrari 458 of Phil Dryburgh and John Gaw and the Class Two winning Dodge Viper.

Starting from third, after qualifying some distance behind the rapid Ferrari and class rivals Azteca Motorsport in their similar Mosler, Lockie had to fend off Mike Millard in the Rapier SR2. However, Millard's challenge ended after just two laps when a passing attempt around the outside of Agostini left the red Rapier spinning to the infield, only able to rejoin at the back of the 30-car field. Millard was later handed a two lap penalty for passing under one of the two early safety car periods.

Lockie too was given a penalty, his for speeding in the pitlane. The two lap penalty put his and White down the order, but the penalty was officially rescinded in the final hour of the race, putting the duo on course for the podium, taking third when the Azteca/Neil Garner run car expired with 30 minutes remaining with gearbox problems.

White, driving the car for the final stint, was then given a scare of his own as the no.6 car began to run dangerously low on fuel in the closing laps.

“Paul drove really well and very smoothly to move back to third place,” assessed Lockie. “The other Mosler retired, but Paul was being caught by Millard over the final laps and then, on the last lap, our car coughed as it ran low on fuel. But Paul kept it all together and we took third overall and first in class.”

“Congratulations are due to the whole team for this success,” he continued. “I owe a huge thank you to Paul for the chance to race the Mosler and win this championship. Thanks are also due to Dave Sheard, Steve Scott and the Strata 21 team for a car that has run faultlessly throughout.”

Next on the Britcar calendar is the Britcar 24 Hours on September 30-October 2 before the season comes to close at Brands Hatch on November 19.

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