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Masters Endurance Legends: Brands Hatch Test Day Paddock Notes

DSC heads to Kent to see contemporary LMP1 cars blast round Brands

DSC headed to Brands Hatch today, to get a taster of the Masters Endurance Legends field in a test day ahead of the series’ inaugural season.

In the paddock, four LMP1 cars were present. Chamberlin Synergy Motorsport was on hand with its two active Creation CA07s, one apiece for team owner Bob Berridge and his long-time friend and co-driver Gareth Evans, winner of the 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series LMP2 title. The cars on hand Berridge told DSC, were Chassis #1 and #2, the former being the 2007 art car.

At present though, both cars are running in the factory livery from 2008, still sporting the 4 MCC stickers, which were a tribute to DSC founder Malcom Cracknell at Le Mans that year, the first he missed after he retired from his role as editor of the site.

Martin Short meanwhile, brought a Dallara SP1 Judd along, and one of the V12 Peugeot 908s managed by Chamberlin Synergy.

In addition, Aaron Scott was on hand to look after racing client Tommy Dreelan in his ex-Starworks. IMSA LMPC ORECA FLM 09, one of a pair the team will run in the Masters Endurance Legends series this season.

“I’m running these cars, I’ve been running cars for Celtic Speed for a while, and now I’ve set up my own company called Akron Sport and are taking on two customers,” Scott told DSC. “At the minute in the workshop have three Masters Endurance Legends cars, half a dozen Formula One cars, a couple of Group C cars.

“For this series we have two ORECA LMPC cars, the one here is the ex-Starworks car, and the other is a former RSR car. The third car we have is a Riley and Scott from 1996. We plan to do the full season, and race the Riley and Scott at Brands.

“I may do a bit of the driving too at various rounds!”

Michael Lyons was taking a wistful look at the ORECA present, the same chassis as it turned out, that the youngster drove in 2016 at Petit Le Mans.

“It’s more than a tiny bit depressing to see a car that I’ve driven, as a contemporary sportscar, now being considered historic. I don’t feel that old,” he told DSC.

Lyons also relayed to DSC the news that he is set, should the current wintery weather retreat, to contest VLN 1 this weekend aboard a Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.

Back at Rollcentre, Martin Short currently plans to contest both the Brands Hatch and Silverstone rounds of the Masters Endurance Legends Series in his Dallara, with customer Jeremy Cottingham, set to race in the majority of the season in the sister Dallara he now owns.

At Chamberlain Synergy, both Creations ran in the first session, but thereafter, Berridge handed over his car to the rather more race rusty Gareth Evans. But both cars are set to be seen our racing this season.

The Peugeot meanwhile, missed out on early running, with Nic Minassian delayed en route from France, with an all-day national transport strike. The car did however run later in the day when he arrived, getting some laps in after a lengthy warm-up period in the back of the garage.

It wasn’t hanging about after its first installation lap! Look out for a more in-depth piece about the Chamberlain Synergy Peugeot effort in the coming days on DSC.

Beyond the interesting selection of recently-contemporary sportscars, the pit lane was packed with a stunning array of historic GT, touring cars, sportscars and formula cars, including a selection of F1 machinery ranging from an ex-James Hunt McLaren, through to a pair of Williams’ driven by Keke Rosberg and Alan Jones.

The Cosworth V8s, sounded simply glorious around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, which also gave the opportunity to watch and hear the difference in audible awesomeness between them and the Creations’ Judd-build AIM V10s and the earlier screaming V10, again built by Judd, installed in the Dallara.

Season interest for the Masters Endurance Legends is still high, DSC understands that the entry for the French Grand Prix-supporting race at Paul Ricard is already full, with substantial numbers committed to all other races on the calendar. The promised bonus of a “rotating grid” with by no means the whole entry, opting to do every round.

The current entry number for the opening race of the season at Imola are believed to be in the high 20s, with some involved expressing real surprise at those figures. “I really expected to be around 15 cars, would mean a pretty good effort in the first year,” said a well placed source.