Team BRIT has closed the 2018 season with a superb performance at the Birkett Relay – finishing with a class win.
On Saturday 27th September, the team entered the popular relay at Silverstone, marking the end of their year with an exclusive sponsor event in the British Racing Drivers’ Club, hosted by Team Army.
The Birkett Relay – organised by the 750 Motor Club - is seen as many as the traditional close to the club racing season. Teams of between 4 and 6 drivers compete in a unique relay race format. Each team laps the circuit as many times as they can within six hours. Sports and saloon cars can enter meaning an eclectic mix of vehicles are on track.
Team BRIT fielded three cars, having been joined by two representatives from Giti Tires UK – a loyal team sponsor for the last two seasons.
Team BRIT’s drivers were military veterans Warren McKinlay, Jimmy Hill and Jon-Allan Butterworth, along with civilian driver James Russell.
In True Team BRIT fashion, massive challenges were faced and overcome when car 158 developed a fuelling issue during pre-race testing on Friday. Team BRIT race engineer Al Locke and his crew battled until 1am to get the car race fit, and true to form, the team were ready to race on Saturday.
The team qualified in p51 and all six drivers performed faultlessly, with no contact and solid performances all round. After a dry start for qualifying and the first stint, the rain began and didn’t stop, making for an extremely wet race for drivers, crew and spectators.
After a gruelling six hours, the team finished 1st in class.
Long term supporters of Team BRIT, Team Army, supported the race by hosting an exclusive B2B event for sponsors and supporters in the British Racing Drivers’ Club. More than 200 guests attended to cheer on the team and learn more about its goals and achievements.
Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay said “The Birkett 6hr Relay is always a great way to finish off our season. This year was extra special, as we were joined by Martin and Ellis from Giti Tires UK, forming a 3-car Fun Cup team.
“With the race starting out dry but very cold, conditions were tricky. Conditions grew even more treacherous, when it started raining around 2hrs into the race, leaving it both cold and wet on track meaning no grip!
“It takes an extreme amount of concentration to race in these conditions, a skill all Team BRIT drivers displayed as we continued to climb up the order. Not only did we finish the race with zero damage to any of our cars, we also brought it home winners in class.”
Team BRIT founder and CEO Dave Player said: “What a way to finish what has been an incredible year for the team.
“2018 has seen us reveal our Aston Martin GT4 at an exclusive launch with Damon Hill, make history at Le Mans by becoming the first all-disabled team to race on the track in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, and we’ve continued to improve and show our worth in the Fun Cup.
“To finish at Silverstone, surrounded by our sponsors and friends, bringing home silverware is just incredible and I’m extremely proud of the whole team.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked extremely hard for the team all year. We have so many people that give up their time to support us. Our crew in the garage work tirelessly and this was no exception at the Birkett Relay where once again they worked into the night to keep us on the grid.
“Everyone in the team would also like to thank all our sponsors that have backed us on our journey so far – we can’t wait to continue our road to Le Mans in 2019.”
If you’re interested in supporting Team BRIT as a sponsor, email Dave Player at email@example.com
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