SILVERSTONE 7TH – 8TH APRIL RACE REPORT
After a long winter break from the race season, the first round of Europe’s leading endurance championship, The Fun Cup Championship, returned this weekend.
On Friday, Team BRIT and their guest driver, Tav Kirk, headed to Silverstone for practice ahead of the big day. This day consisted of testing various car set ups to see which one was best suited to the track and the drivers.
Once the mechanics and drivers were happy with the cars it was time to prepare for Saturday’s big race at the UK’s most renowned track – Silverstone.
The driver line up for Saturday consisted of Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay and guest driver, Tav Kirk of ELK Motorsport as Andy’s temporary replacement, in car 312 with rookies Tony Williams and James Hill driving car 158.
Saturday’s morning practice and qualifying went well for both teams, and all drivers were confident heading into the afternoon’s 4-hour endurance race.
The Fun Cup Championship’s random grid selection saw rookies James and Tony start the race at the back of the grid in 32nd position. Their team mates, Warren and Tav, in car 312, started at the front of the pack in 6th place.
After an initially successful start to the race, Warren then lost control and veered off track and into the gravel. The incident caused damage to car 312’s front splitter which meant a trip to the pits. An incident at such an early stage in the race resulted in the team devastatingly losing 3 laps in the process. Once Warren had returned to the track, he had dropped from 6th place to last place at the very back of the grid, just behind team mate James, in car 158.
Rookie James, who started the race for team 158, had a very good start to his first ever competitive race in a car. He managed to stay with the grid for the first few laps, before losing control and spinning twice. James added “It was devastating, spinning in my first session but I’m really enjoying myself and my times we’re improving throughout the whole session. I can’t wait to get back out on track.”
Both drivers completed a 40-minute session before coming into the pits for their driver change and to re-fuel the cars. With the incident earlier in the race, Tav knew he had to push and fight his way through the grid to regain places lost by his team mate, Warren. An outstanding drive from Tav saw team 312 climb from 32nd position to 25th within 40 minutes.
Tony, who drove car 158, improved his lap times by a whole 3 seconds from the morning practice session. He added “The adrenaline really kicks in when you’re out on track surrounded by 31 other cars, battling your way up the grid. I’m very happy to improve my lap times by 3 seconds and be consistent throughout my session, it really helped us climb the grid.”
With Warren and Tav working well together as a team and being consistent on track, team 312 climbed the grid throughout the whole race, finishing a respectable 16th place out of a 32-car grid. Warren said “Tav and I really worked well together today, we were consistent and focused throughout the whole race, which helped our cause to climb back up the grid after my incident at the start of the race.”
Tav added “We owe our success today to the great team at Team BRIT, especially the mechanics and engineers. Our driver changes and pit stops were very quick, which was vital to our performance in the race.”
Rookies James and Tony finished their first ever competitive car race in a fantastic 22nd place. Tony said “22nd position is such a great result for team 158 and a great result for our first ever race, James and I are thrilled and are very much looking forward to our second race with Team BRIT in the Fun Cup Championship.”
Team BRIT will be competing at all Fun Cup Championship rounds this year. They will be returning to the track on the 6th May at Oulton Park.