Team BRIT took to the track for the third time of 2020 this weekend, competing in the Endurance category and Trophy category of the Britcar Championship at Silverstone.
The team didn’t disappoint, bringing home even more silverware, and setting some amazing new PBs for the drivers.
The Silverstone event saw the most ever Team BRIT cars competing on a race weekend, and Friday’s testing meant packed garages in the International Paddock, with the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 and four BMWs.
A crew from Sky TV’s F1 channel joined the team for the duration of the race weekend, filming the story of rookie Nerys Pearce’s first ever race with the team. Having secured interviews and hours of team footage, the feature is due to air alongside coverage of the Bahrain F1 race in the coming weeks.
The team’s crew did an amazing job of managing the logistics needed to run five cars in back to back sessions throughout testing on Friday.
Saturday was race day for Bobby and Aaron in the Endurance category. The pair had high expectations, having already bagged a P3 finish and ‘Driver of the Day’ at Brands Hatch. Conditions posed a challenge for the crew when it came to set-up decisions for the car. The weather was constantly changing, and with limited tyre options they had to make some bold choices, which thankfully paid off.
Despite competing against faster machines in Class 4, Bobby and Aaron drove fantastically well. Bobby shone in his usual way, delivering fast laps again and again, and Aaron began to close the gap in times, steadily catching Bobby’s laps.
Aaron started race one for the team, giving Bobby a strong platform from which to push. Despite a minor engine issue, Bobby pushed on and brought the Aston home in P4, having qualified in P8.
With the engine issue fixed, Bobby started in Race two, delivering a fantastic stint which was finished with a text book pitstop by the crew – the second fastest of the entire grid, to send Aaron out for his final stint of the weekend. The P4 car was closing on him towards the end of the race, but he rose to the challenge of keeping them at bay, before the race was cut a few minutes short and the team’s P3 was cemented by the chequered flag.
Sunday was the turn of Team BRIT’s rookies, along with some guest drivers, in the four class 7 BMWs, including a debut race for ex-Army medic Nerys and injured police officer, Tom Dorman.
The team’s first ever female driver, Nerys lined up on the grid for the first time, partnering with her co-driver and coach, Abbie Eaton. Having qualified in P1, the pair took the P3 position in both their races – an incredible first outing for Nerys under Abbie’s leadership.
Andy Tucker and Matty Street, driving BMW 116 #67 qualified in an impressive P2. They finished race 1 in P4 and were awarded the P3 trophy for race 2, which unfortunately was later downgraded after a timekeeper error in how another car was classified. They retain the P3 position in the championship overall.
Luke Pound and Tom Dorman drove BMW 116 #66 and unfortunately didn’t finish race one but took P6 in race two.
Guest drivers Christiern Dart and James Birch drove BMW 116 #65, finishing P5 in both races.
Team BRIT Founder, Dave Player said: “It was quite poignant for me to watch the incredible teamwork underway across our garages over the weekend. Thinking back to how Team BRIT started with one car and two drivers, to seeing five cars, seven drivers, two guest drivers, our biggest ever crew and a national media film team in the international paddock at Silverstone was just amazing.
“The silverware we received was wonderful, and a great reflection of how hard the drivers worked, but once again, what I’m more proud of is how well everyone pulled together.
“A special note of thanks has to go to Race Engineer, Al Locke and his team, who managed all five cars superbly across the weekend, and to all our sponsors who enable us to continue along this fantastic journey.”
The team’s next race will be at Snetterton on Sunday 1st November.
*Photo credit Anthony Hobbs*