Silverstone Washed Out: Final Three Events Cancelled

by Connor Jackson

After a day of on and off rain, the final three events of the Silverstone weekend were flooded out. At 16:15 local time the already light rain, increased its intensity dramatically. After the Ginetta GT5 Challenge race was ended a few minutes later, the track flooded and by 16:30 was deemed unsuitable for the BRDC British F3 race to go ahead.

The F3 race was initially delayed by a few minutes in the hope the rain would die down, the majority of the field had decided to stay in the pitlane with only a few drivers lining up on the grid. The safety car was sent round the track to test the conditions but struggled for grip as it negotiated several rivers.

Another track inspection later, saw the race (and the rest of the meeting) officially abandoned just after 17:00. Motors TV had been planning to show the BRDC F3 race live, leaving viewers disappointed.

Matheus Leist had been the driver on pole, thus missing the opportunity to close the gap on his rivals in the championship. Though the result was good news for Ricky Collard, who had struggled all weekend and had planned to start fifth, behind his three championship rivals.

In the VW Racing Cup, the second race saw a reverse grid with James Walker on pole. While the drivers will be dissapointed to have not been given the opportunity, the news was great for Jack Walker-Tully‘s championship hopes, as the #99 retired in the opening race and would have started on the back row with his championship rivals in a more fortunate position.

With the Silverstone curfew at 18:00 and the final race predicted to have finished at 17:55, the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club was quick to pack up as they had been the last event scheduled. The rain eventually died down by 17:45, but by then the circuit and garages were already flooded.

The British GT race had already taken place and was not affected by the flooding.

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