Round 2 - Oulton Park International - Race Report

Team BRIT has completed its second race of the season as Europe’s leading endurance championship, The Fun Cup, returned to Oulton Park this weekend.


Team BRIT headed to the track on Friday to test ahead of the 4-hour endurance race on Saturday. Friday practice gave the drivers a chance to get accustomed to the track and the cars. The team were happy and confident heading into race day with the team’s newly developed hand controls working well and drivers getting used to the technical track in Chester.


Making his debut in the Fun Cup was Andy Searle, a double amputee war veteran who could not compete at Silverstone due to injury. Andy was driving car 158 with teammate Tony Williams and guest driver Peter van Smirren.


Car 312 was driven by James Hill, Warren McKinlay and guest driver Tav Kirk.


Saturday’s practice and qualifying went well for both teams, with James Hill receiving a personal best lap time.


The Fun Cup’s random grid draw saw car 158 start 3rd and car 312 start 23rd for the 4-hour endurance race.


“The start of the 4-hour endurance race was chaotic” said Tav Kirk, “The track is very narrow therefore many cars are veering off track and causing yellow flags and safety cars to lead the race.”


The safety car was deployed periodically throughout the race due to various incidents. Unfortunately, both car 158 and 312 were involved in minor incidents on track during the first half of the race. This caused both cars to return to the pits for a quick repair and check and meant that the teams slowly dropped to the back of the grid.


Warren’s superb drive saw him climb the grid during his first stint. He added “The team dropped a few places during Tav’s first session on track. When I got into the car we were in 25th place. I gave it my all and made my way up the grid to get us to 18th. I’m really happy with that.”


With only an hour to go car 152 was force to retire to the pits with a mechanical error after an incident out on track. Tony said “We’re all devastated that we were unable to complete the race with 152 but this is how it goes in motor sport. We still managed a very good result which we, the team, are proud of.”


Car 152 finished 27th out of 32 cars. Andy said, “Although there were a few issues with the car, I’m happy with my debut Fun Cup performance and glad that I have my first race under my belt.  I can’t wait until the next round at Brands Hatch next month.”


With only 40 minutes left of the race, James showed outstanding driver skill as he climbed further up the grid. Team 312 finished a fantastic 15th place. He said “It was agreat result for the team after a few incidents on track caused us to fall to the back of the grid. All drivers in 312 showed pure determination to do well but we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic mechanics and engineers at Plans Performance that look after our cars.”


Team BRIT is due to compete in the next round of the Fun Cup championship on the 3rd June at Brands Hatch.