Aaron Scott retains lead in Britcar Endurance Championship

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

The weekend was good. The race itself was very tough. Conditions were extremely wet.

As you know the car was great and in qualifying we posted a very quick time to go fastest in class, some 2.5 seconds under the previous British GT qualifying record for Thruxton. My time was also good for 2nd place overall on the starting grid. We were also fastest in the wet morning warm up before the race, again placing the 2nd quickest time overall.

At the first corner the pole position car aquaplaned into a spin at turn 1 and I had to make a big move to miss him and continue. I got through and finished the first lap leading the class and pushing the overall leader to take the outright lead. After a couple of laps a safety car came out as one of the cars aquaplaned off the circuit and into a wall. Unfortunately under safety car I picked up a puncture and was forced to pit. This dropped me to the back of the field and to compound my problems I couldn't see as my windscreen was completely misted up and so I was looking out the side windows for reference points, scary stuff! We took advantage of another safety car later in the race to come in and clean the screen and, whilst this dropped me back in the pack and lost me a lap, it also gave me the opportunity to get back into the race and I quickly got the car back into the lead of the class and climbed back to 10th overall lapping quickly again.

Sadly, after an hour and 5 minutes the race was red flagged and abandoned as the conditions got worse and more cars began to aquaplane off the track. Fortunately I had set fastest lap at this point of the race and so we scored an additional point for that to give us another maximum score and extend our lead in the overall British Endurance Championship to 10 points after 4 of the 8 races.

Our next race is at Spa in 2 weeks and I'm really looking forward to it, this was the scene of myself and Craig's first British GT win as a pairing and I love the track.


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