After giving away five laps to the Topcats Racing Mosler after their spin and subsequent slow return to the pits for an extended pitstop Phil Keen was able to chip away two laps of that advantage in the nineteenth hour of the 2011 Britcar 24 Hours.
The second lap that Keen made up cam towards the end of the hour at 11:30am, passing the Mosler – driven by Topcats regular Henry Fletcher – on track.
Behind them the Nicholas Mee Racing Aston Martin continues its course for the final step of the overall podium, now one whole clear of the Marcos Racing run Lotus Evora – the Cor Euser led team their Aston's constant companion in the battle for class honours for much of the race.
The Intersport BMW remains in third place in class, though it ends the hour with a call for the team manager to visit race control – too often the precursor to a penalty.
Mardi Gras Motorsport are another team to end the hour with a penalty after being called in for a drive through from second in Class Four. The – technically – slowest class in the race is still being led by Brunswick Automotive in their BMW – now with a nine lap lead over the Honda Integra squad. Red Camel remain in third, though the Dave Cox led BMW M3 CSL fielding team have rallied to fourth in class – though they are still 11 laps from breaking onto the class podium. The team Jason, Michael and Dave Cox and Paul Stubber are now ahead of the no.75 Mazda MX5 and no.82 Rob Carvell led VW Golf MkIII.
2011 Britcar 24 Hours class leaders after hour nineteen
1 – No.3 Mosler – Beaumont/Fletcher/Draper/Hetherington
2 – No.2 Ferrari – McInerney/McInerney/Keen
3 – No.6 Aquila – Mustill/Berridge/Evans/Martin
1 – No.27 Marcos – Upton/Huggins/Fletcher/Orton
1 – No.49 Aston Martin – Le Blanc/Van Lanschot/De Zille/Nimkoff
2 – No.57 Lotus – Euser/Prewitt/Brody/Freebird/McKinnon
3 – No.68 BMW – Clarke/Gibson/Radcliffe/Hayes
1 – No.89 BMW – Griffiths/Green/Forsbrey/Kirkpatrick
2 – No.88 Honda – Smail/Meins/Lillingston-Price/Harding
3 – No.84 Seat – Breukers/Thijssen/Jensiew/Han
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