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A second race win for Bobby Trundley and Team BRIT

Team BRIT is celebrating yet another victory following a busy weekend of racing.

Saturday 1st June saw the team competing at two tracks, with a race win secured for the second time this season.

At Croft circuit, rookies Bobby Trundley and Rich Newton took part in round 2 of the BMW 116 Trophy. Bobby drove one of the team’s BMWs with a standard set up and double leg amputee Rich, drove using the team’s hand controls.

During Friday’s testing, both drivers showed great progress, getting faster and faster as the day went on.  During qualifying, Bobby set out to impress straight away, putting in some incredible laps with Rich not far behind. 

As the afternoon’s race got underway, Bobby found himself pinned to the inside by the pack through turn 1 and again through the chicane, forcing him off line and losing positions in an effort to keep free of incidents. He soon made the places back as the grid spread, with a flawless pitstop helping him maintain his lead for the rest of the race. He set the fastest lap of the race and crossed the line in pole position, a huge 22 seconds ahead of the next competitor.

Rich had a good start off the line from p12 and put in a succession of consistent laps throughout the first half of the race, maintaining his position and gap. After the mandatory pitstop he really started finding pace, pushing harder and harder to take the chequered flag in p10, and taking 2 seconds off his lap times.

Over at Donington Park, Warren McKinlay and Martyn Compton took part in round 4 of the Britcar Endurance Championship, lining up on a circuit completely new to the drivers.

Qualifying went well, starting race 1 as P7 in class. Martyn went out first, but unfortunately had contact from another car at turn 1, causing him to spin and drop back to last place. He fought back well, but sadly suffered front end damage after an incident with a faster car, caused whilst overtaking on blue flags.  Warren then took over, climbing to P6 for the chequered flag.

Warren was out first in Race 2, gaining 2 spots by turn 1, and a third going through Craner Curves. Unfortunately a front-running Ferrari burst a water pipe leaving coolant around the whole track. This caused him to spin out of the Old Hairpin, losing the 3 spots he’d gained. Impressive driving took him back up to position ahead of the driver change. Luck was not on the team’s side however, and an electrical issue as Martyn went to leave the pits, meant the car was not picking up signal from the throttle. Despite frantic work from the mechanics, Martyn couldn’t get back out on track.

CEO and Founder Dave Player said, “What a weekend!  Our drivers and crew have experienced utter highs and crushing lows this weekend, but we’ve come away feeling extremely positive.

“I am so proud of Bobby for once again showing the world just how impressive he is behind the wheel, despite the challenges he faces day to day.  Motorsport is his life, and Saturday showed once again that this is a rookie driver with an incredible future ahead of him.

“It’s so disappointing that we couldn’t finish Race 2 at Donnington.  The guys didn’t deserve that after fighting so hard despite the odds in both races.  Sadly, that’s the unpredictable nature of motorsport and the team did what we do best – battled on and took away every positive.”

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