Team BRIT’s race season got underway this weekend with round 1 of the Britcar Championship.
The first event of the season kicked off at Silverstone, where the team lined up against 35 competitors, in a class of 15.
On Friday the team tested at the circuit, amidst glorious sunshine and a fantastic atmosphere as teams prepared for the weekend’s competition. Team BRIT’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 ran faultlessly as drivers Warren McKinlay and Martyn Compton made the most of the practice time on track.
On Saturday, the day began with a 20-minute practice session, ahead of a 30 minute qualifying race, placing them 12th for the first race of the day.
The first 1-hour race took place just after lunch. Both drivers put in steady, consistent performances, finishing 9th.
The second race saw the team start in p9, based on the first race result. A technical problem with the car meant that the drivers could not change out of third gear, sending the Aston back to the garage for essential repairs.
This garage time lost the team 7 laps and put them at the back of the race. Despite this, Warren and Martyn fought back, with steadily faster lap times, finishing in p9.
The crew of mechanics, led by Race Engineer Al Locke, continued their track record of keeping Team BRIT on the track despite the odds, and achieved some of the fastest pitstop times of the whole grid.
Team Founder Dave Player said, “What a way to start the season. In true Team BRIT style, we overcame the odds, with our superb crew doing everything they could to keep our car on track, despite a major technical fault.
“To see our drivers pull back the time we lost, fighting hard lap after lap, just shows everything our team is about. We are extremely proud to be part of the Britcar line up this year and with one race under our belt, we can’t wait for round 2 at Silverstone on the 27th April.”