High speed and high emotions at Oulton Park

Saturday saw the second race of the year for Team BRIT with races for all drivers in the Britcar Championship.

There were high emotions both on and off the track as 50 guests from team sponsors joined the team for Covid-safe hospitality.

On track, Saturday’s qualifying for the endurance category began early on a wet track.  Aaron Morgan went out for an initial three laps before a red flag caused by an incident on track.  Bobby Trundley then took over, gradually getting quicker and bringing them home in P5, only 8 tenths off the P3 car.  

Qualifying for the trophy category went smoothly, with all driver changes flawlessly completed by drivers and crew to maximise laps.

Aaron Morgan started the endurance race in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage in P5, gaining a position straight away on the first lap, followed quickly by a safety car neutralising the race for the next 3 laps. Aaron's calm and precise driving kept him safely in position through to the pitstop. A few seconds were lost in the pits, but Bobby took the bull by the horns to regain the lost position, pushing hard to get back up to P5 by the time the chequered flag dropped.  

Luke Pound started in the trophy race in P6 in BMW #66 and Andy Tucker started in P5 in #67. Both cars had good starts, but unfortunately on lap 9 a driveshaft snapped on Luke’s car and he was unable to get the car recovered back to the pits for the crew to repair it. 

Andy Tucker stayed out deep into the pit window to maximise the chance of the team being able to use a safety car deployment as part of the race strategy but a clean race from all competitors meant that it never came, and Matty Street went out for his stint with the car still in P5. Pushing hard, he was unable to make up places, the wide spread of performance in class 7 cars being against the team at a long circuit like Oulton Park. 

Off the track, the team was surrounded by supporters from a range of backgrounds.

Almost 50 corporate guests joined the team’s hospitality offering in the exclusive Fogarty Moss centre, enjoying stunning views across the circuit in the sunshine.  They were also able to watch the unveiling of the latest car to join Team BRIT’s fleet.

The new BMW 240i was revealed to guests after months of preparation.  Sponsor Synetiq, the UK’s largest vehicle salvage and recycling company supplies the team with salvage vehicles from its market-leading online auction, plus any parts the team require. Earlier this year, the team was able to purchase the BMW 240i-F22, which the crew has re-built and repaired after extensive crash damage, to become the team’s new academy car. Executive Chairman Tom Rumboll unveiled the car and spoke about the firm’s pride in supporting Team BRIT’s goals.

Hospitality guests, from sponsor companies including Texaco, DAF and Synetiq heard inspirational talks from the team’s drivers, giving background on their disability and what being part of the team means to them. This became quite an emotional time for many guests as drivers articulated the impact that racing has made on their lives. Commercial Manager, Mike Scudamore, also offered ‘virtual tours’ of the team garages and pits to give guests the trackside experience in a ‘Covid-safe’ way.

The team was delighted to invite 5-year-old Laigan Hammond to the race.  Laigan was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 when he was just 11 months old.  The condition affects the nerves going to muscles and impacts everything from his breathing and swallowing to his ability to move.

Laigan spent time meeting the drivers, seeing the cars and watching the race, before being presented with his own electric car which the crew fitted with a joystick to allow him to drive.

Commercial Manager Mike Scudamore said, “What a day we enjoyed at Oulton Park.  For me, it was the perfect demonstration of what our team is about.  Despite numerous challenges on the track, not least a technical failure for one of our cars, the drive and determination shown by our drivers and crew was just incredible.  We might not have brought silverware home this time, but we’re incredibly proud of our performance.

“The atmosphere off the track was just as electric, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from everyone who joined us. Being able to not only unveil our new car, thanks to the generosity of Synetiq, but to present Laigan with a specially adapted car, and share this all with our sponsors, was really very special.”

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