Round two of the Britcar Championship saw Team BRIT drivers lining up at a very wet Snetterton for what would be an incredible continuation of 2021’s early success on track.
Once again, five drivers took to the grid across the weekend, supported by the team’s expert crew, each looking to build on the points accrued in round one at Silversone.
After a busy day of testing on Friday, a few technical gremlins were identified giving the mechanics, under the direction of Race Engineer, Al Locke, plenty to work on for the weekend’s racing.
On Saturday, Bobby Trundley and Aaron Morgan sought to match or better their stellar opening performance, which saw them take home the P2 trophy in the first race of the year. A challenge was ahead with severe wind and rain battering the track from the early morning.
Driving #68, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the pair started as they meant to go on, qualifying P2 in Class 4. Bobby learnt his craft racing karts on slick tyres, so was right at home in the wet conditions. An incredible team effort resulted in them finishing 10th overall, ahead of many faster cars in classes 1,2 and 3.
The first race of the afternoon saw battle after battle as cars struggled with the wet track. Bobby and Aaron didn’t let up for a second, and held on to their P2 position as the track started to dry out, securing the fastest lap in class.
Race 2 began as early evening approached, with the pair starting once again up front in P2. Sadly, a spin from Aaron on the slippery first lap, which alongside our 10 second ‘winner’s penalty for coming 2nd in the first race, sent the pair right back down to last place.
Team BRIT drivers do not know how to give up however, so Aaron pushed hard to move the car up the timing screen from the back of the pack to P7 before the pit window opened. A solid strategy and slick stop from the crew under a safety car then saw Bobby start his stint in P5, having gained two positions in the pitlane.
Bobby then called upon his autistic superpowers and fought his way right up the grid, unbelievably passing every car in class and finishing P1 at the chequered flag.
Sunday saw much kinder conditions for the Trophy Category, with drivers Matty Street, Andy Tucker and Luke Pound ready to show what they can do in the BMWs.
Matty and Andy drove in Class 1 in #70, the bespoke BMW M240i, with Luke Pound in Class 3 in #71, the BMW 118i.
Andy and Matty battled with some technical gremlins to qualify P6 in Class 1. The crew got right to work, getting on top of the issues in time for the race.
Luke put in an amazing drive, qualifying in P2 in his most impressive performance to date.
Race 1 was tough for all drivers, Andy and Matty managed to make up a position, finishing P5 after a P6 start. Luke also finished P5 after some hard fought battles on track.
Race 2 saw Andy and Matty in last place, but a textbook drive from Matty saw him skilfully slice his way through the field, making up an incredible 19 places in the first lap, reaching P1 with 20mins to go.
After the mandatory two minute pit stop and driver change, Andy kept up the battle and brought the car home in P5.
Once again, Luke showed the brilliant progress he is making, with a solid, clean and consistent race, coming home in P4 in class once again.
Team Founder Dave Player said: “What an emotional rollercoaster the weekend was! The most incredible highs and some frustrating lows.
“Seeing Bobby and Aaron take home P1 in class, despite the horrendous weather conditions and an unfortunate spin was priceless. They’ve now set the bar extremely high for the rest of the season and we’ll certainly be doing everything possible to help them keep up this amazing momentum.
“Some frustrating technical issues plagued Andy and Matty this weekend which we’re putting everything behind solving, but despite this, they showed grit, determination and some top class driving skill to get themselves to a P1 lead for a time before a respectable finish position.
“Luke is such a grafter, always quietly putting everything he can into his drive and I think this will be his year to shine as he gains in confidence and skill throughout the year. A P2 qualifying position was a great way to get his weekend underway and he should be proud of his entire performance.
“My thanks as always to the crew, team and sponsors for their unwavering efforts as the team learns, build and makes further progress. The incredible scenes from this weekend show us exactly what Team BRIT is all about.”
Bobby and Aaron will race again on Saturday 12th June at Oulton Park. All drivers return to the track on the 3rd and 4th July at Silverstone.
Photo credit: Paul Cherry