After 12 hours of racing here at Silverstone, with half of the race now left to run, the MP Motorsport #28 still leads the race by 5 laps, holding steady at the overall and Class 2 lead, with Class 1 leader MB Racing and their Aston Martin in second overall.
MB Racing said that they early on decided to not run with the front splitter after the initial issue would cause a substantial delay in the garage. Team LNT’s Ginetta is steadily catching up with the top 4, having made up a 2-lap deficit in the last stint, with the Neil Garner Motorsport Mosler in 4th overall, and second in Class 1.
Other cars being pushed into the garage included the Class 3 Corum Sport Chevron GR8 being recovered on a flatbed trailer, the Optimum Motosport Ginetta G50 being wheeled in with a differential bush problem and the Craigsted Holden Astra suffering brake issues, having just taken 3rd place in Class 4. Optimum, however, still kept their 2nd place in class, with Topcats Racing still further down the field in 22nd place overall..
MMC Motorsport had a slight starting problem, with third time being a charm, as the E46 CSL roared into life to exit the pit lane. Mission Motorsport were carrying on their impressive performance, having gotten up to 11th place overall, and fourth in Class 4.
The #59 Strata Porsche 996 came into the pits for an unscheduled stop, which turned out to be a broken rear damper after further inspection, as well as the Rogue Motorsport MR2 at some point during the hour facing the wrong way down the pit lane, before being pushed into the garage.
The Cor Euser Racing Lotus came into pitlane with just under 10 minutes of the hour remaining, suffering with gear selection issues, and lost second place in Class 3 to MMC Motorsport as a result, just before the half way point. Perfection Racing’s Aston Martin still leads Class 3.
Brunswick Automotive currently leads Class 4, with RedCamel.nl’s Seat Leon in second, with Team Toyota GB still holding on to third place.
And with just under five minutes to go, there was another safety car period, and we reached the half way point, and the rate of attrition continues, as the racing in the Northamptonshire night time continues.
2012 Britcar 24 Standings After 12 Hours:
1 -MB Racing – West/Wall/Brown/Cripps
2 -Neil Garner Motorsport – White/Cintrano/Morcillo/Sharp
3 – Team LNT – Tomlinson/Kimber-Smith/Dean/Simpson
1 – MP Motorsport – Poole/Symons/Bardwell/Abra
2 – Optimum Motorsport – Osborne/Mowle/Fletcher/Rattenbury
3 – Topcats Racing – Huggins/Bankhurst/Black/Solivellas
Class Three :
1 – Perfection Racing – Spires/Jensen/Johanson/Holmgaard/Klosterman
2- MMC Motorsport – Cox/Borness/Cox/Cox
3 -Cor Euser Racing – McKinnon/Prewitt/Briody/Rich/(Euser)
1 – Brunswick Automotive – Griffiths/Green/Kirkpatrick/Forsbrey
2 – RedCamel.nl – Thijssen/De Heus/Breukers
3 – Team Toyota GB – Hodgetts/Death/Death