Despite an unscheduled pitstop to tend of a sticking throttle the Neil Garner Motorsport Mosler of Paul White, Adam Sharpe, Manuel Cintrano and Javier Morcillo continues to enjoy a three lap lead at the end of the fifth hour of the 2012 Britcar 24 Hours.
The stop came towards the end of the hour, the rear bodywork coming off the #17 Mosler for a short time after Morcillo pitted from the lead very soon into his second stint of the race having started the race in the car.
Team LNT’s problematic headlights remain a problem, and were the root cause of two over-length pitstops, first of Richard Dean, who pitted of his own volition unable to see enough to keep his pace. A further stop, with Mike Simpson at the wheel, succeeded in illuminating one headlight, with the intention of Simpson driving a full stint before a more permanent solution is found at the next pitstop.
The Ginetta’s problems, coupled to serious cooling issues for the Topcats Racing Marcos helped lift the MP Motorsport BMW M3 into the lead of Class Two and – momentarily – to second overall, though they had dropped back to third for the end of the hour.
Corum Sport continue to lead Class Three in a as so far faultless display. They lead the class by a single lap over the Perfection Racing GT4 Aston.
Brunswick Automotive – now in the top ten overall – lead Class Four ahead of the Red Camel SEAT.
2012 Britcar 24 Hours Standings After 5 Hours
1 – Neil Garner Motorsport – White/Cintrano/Morcillo/Sharp
2– Team LNT – Tomlinson/Kimber-Smith/Dean/Simpson
3 – MB Racing – West/Wall/Brown/Cripps
1 – MP Motorsport – Poole/Symons/Bardwell/Abra
2 – Topcats Racing – Huggins/Bankhurst/Black/Solivellas
3 – Optimum Motorsport – Osborne/Mowle/Fletcher/Rattenbury
1 – Corum Sport – Abra/Poole/Bardwell/Symons
2- Perfection Racing – Spires/Jensen/Johanson/Holmgaard/Klosterman
3 – MMC Motorsport – Cox/Cox/Cox/Borness
1 – Brunswick Automotive – Griffiths/Green/Kirkpatrick/Forsbrey
2 – Red Camel – Thijssen/De Heus/Breukers
3 – Piranha/Fauldsport – Mason/Bryant/Ratcliffe/Bialan