The end to a year like no other!

Sunday 1st November saw the final event of the year for Team BRIT, with races for all drivers in the closing round of the Britcar Championship.

Conditions were tough for the entire team, with four cars being managed from a packed awning across the race weekend, and changeable weather throughout. The race day saw the team jumping from car to car, as two quailfying sessions and four races were run back to back, with no time in between to re-prepare the cars for the following sessions.  All fingers were crossed that the tireless preparation the crew had carried out on the cars would pay off and reward the drivers with reliability and performance.

This event saw the UK’s fastest autistic driver, Bobby Trundley pairing up with CEO of Daytona Motorsport, Charles Graham in the Endurance Category.  The pair were driving the team’s #68 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 as part of class 4.

In the trophy category, the team fielded:

#67 – BMW 116 – driven by Andy Tucker and Matty Street
#66 – BMW 116 – driven by Luke pound
#69 – BMW 118i – driven by Aaron Morgan and Nerys Pearce

Friday’s testing went well, with all drivers getting to grips with the track and final modifications being made to the car set ups. An incident for Matty gave severe damage to the #67 BMW when another driver spun and then rejoined the circuit, but the TB crew worked tirelessly to repair the car ready for the final session of the day.

Pressure was high for Bobby and Charles, going into the race sitting 5th in the championship.

Qualifying in P5, the crew soon realised there was an issue with the car and found damage to the front subframe which was looking like it would mean withdrawing from the races later in the day. Buoyed by their unbroken record this season of zero DNFs and respectable points scored in every race, the crew again worked tirelessly to find a resolution to the damage and rolled the car out to the grid for race 1 with seconds to spare. The drivers gained a position in the first race, bringing them up to 4th, which was their new starting position for race 2.  As the race progressed, Bobby moved the team up the pack, and within the opening 15 minutes of the race found himself sitting in P1 before the pit window opened for all teams to make mandatory pitstops. Charles took over but found himself outgunned against a hungry field of fast machines, and despite some amazing defence on aging tyres, he managed to keep up the sharp end and finish the race in P5. With an extra point added for setting the fastest lap in class 4, the final championship standing overall was then P4 - an amazing result for Bobby's first year racing at such a high level. Credit also goes to Aaron Morgan who raced with Bobby in previous events this year and contributed to the overall result.

Andy and Matty had delivered time and time again throughout the season, racking up 3 x P3 finishes.  Having qualified in P5 for race 1, the pair held on to the P5 for finishing position in the first race, and fought hard to push up to P4 for the second race, finishing the championship in P4, narrowly missing out on a championship podium.

Luke Pound had a tough task ahead of him as a single driver entry but as usual more than rose to the challenge, showing great racecraft and consistency throughout the whole day. He qualified in P6, just behind Matty and Andy, and showed incredible grit in the face of constantly changing conditions to hold onto the position and finish P6 in both races.

Finally, experienced racer Aaron Morgan teamed up with Team BRIT rookie Nerys Pearce, qualifying in P2 in the invitational class.  Nerys battled hard and had a clean race with no incidents, leaving the pair in P2 as the flag dropped. Aaron was up next for race 2 and achieved the same brilliant result - P2.

Team founder Dave Player said; “None of us could have predicted what this year would have in store of us, but we’ve stayed positive and carried on throughout, giving our all in every race.

“We may not have taken home with any silverware this year but I am incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.  Each of our drivers has learned so much, they’ve pushed themselves so hard and will come back in 2021 stronger, more confident and more competitive than ever before.

“We’ve welcomed some fantastic new supporters, such as TW Steele who we announced at Snetterton and have proudly continued our partnerships with so many of our loyal friends and sponsors.

“I’d like to thank every member of the crew, the management team, each driver, every sponsor and the friends and family who give us so much encouragement every year.  Since 2015 we haven’t stopped growing and I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store."

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