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Sunshine and silverware in an epic start to the season at Silverstone

Our 2021 season got underway in the most incredible style with round 1 of the Britcar Championship at Silverstone on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April.

Five drivers and three cars made the journey to the UK’s most iconic track for what would be a whirlwind weekend of highs, lows and the most fantastic team effort.

Saturday 24th saw experienced racers Bobby Trundley and Aaron Morgan pairing up in Class 4 of the Endurance Category, driving #68, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.  Months of prep had gone into the car, led by Race Engineer Al Locke, in efforts to make the car as competitive as possible in class and the drivers used this to their full advantage.

During the early morning practice session the car picked up an issue with one of the front dampers. The crew worked flat out to get the issue rectified but with the timetable brought forward at the last minute, time was short and the car went out for qualifying before the mechanics could fully dial the setup back in. Driving around the problem, the pair managed to qualify in P11, which became their starting position for the first race of the afternoon. The crew then got back to work to get the car perfect again for race 1. Consistent efforts from both drivers brought them home in P7 which would set their position on the grid for race 2.

The final race of the day saw Aaron taking the first stint, putting in an incredible performance and avoiding an on-track incident in the first lap before handing over to Bobby Trundley in P5.  Bobby then used his years of experience in racing to give everything he had, bringing the Aston home in P2 and securing the team’s first silverware of the year.  Bobby also secured the fastest lap in class. 

On to Sunday and it was the turn of Andrew Tucker, Matty Street and Luke Pound in the BMWs.

Having moved up two classes from 2020, Andrew and Matty joined Class 1 in the team’s newly-built BMW M240i – the result of months of hard work by Al and his crew, building a crash damaged car into a bespoke racing machine.

A strong opening performance saw the pair qualify in P7.  In race 1, Matty made an incredible set of moves to see him push up the field and up to P2 by the third corner. A safety car caused some bunching on track and a slight issue in the pits put him back to P8. Andy pushed on in his opening stint, gaining a place and finishing in P7.

An amazing effort from Matty in race 2 took them from P7 to P4.  An unfortunate technical issue in the pits meant Andy dropped to the back of the grid, and drove fantastically well, getting the car home within the top 10 in P9.  Matty was later named ‘Driver of the Day’.

In his second year of racing with the team, Luke Pound drove in Class 3 in the BMW 118i.  Qualifying placed Luke in P5, and with some strong, consistent performances demonstrating his clear progress on track, Luke secured P4 finishes in both 50 minute races.

To top the weekend off, Bobby Trundley competed online in the final race of the British GT Esports series, finishing in an incredible 4th place, beating the reigning world champion and some of the most established online and ‘real world’ racers of recent years. 

Team BRIT Founder Dave Player said; “What a way to start the season!  This weekend had just about everything, with incredible driver and crew performances and unfortunate technical issues – which as anyone in motorsport knows, can happen any time.

“In true Team BRIT fashion, every obstacle was overcome and done so in style, with the most fantastic efforts put in by every member of the team.

“To see Bobby and Aaron bringing home a podium finish in the first race, having been off the track for so long due to the pandemic was just fantastic, and thoroughly deserved.  They’ve been working tirelessly in the background to do everything they can to be race ready. Aaron is getting quicker with every race and Bobby is flourishing in every way we expected.

“Our BMW drivers did a fantastic job in tough conditions and we have a lot to take away and work on in the workshop ahead of the next race.  Matty’s driver of the day award epitomises his determination to give everything possible and Andy and Luke’s performances were solid, consistent and a reflection of their continued progress.

“A huge thank you to every member of the team for their hard work this weekend, and to our sponsors who have continued to support us on and off the track.  We can’t wait to go again in round 2 at Snetterton on the 8th and 9th May.”

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