This is the first of a regular series of catch-up coverage with the news and race results from the UK’s national GT and sportscar racing scene.
We’ll continue our in-depth coverage of the British GT Championship as resources allow but there is other racing in DSC’s home marketplace that deserves a place here.
Britcar’s 2020 season finally got underway with a combined grid of 22 car grid of GTs, Touring Cars and small prototypes at Croft on 11-12 July.
Race One saw the much fancied, and very quick Pragas suffer problems allowing the E2 class RAW Motorsport Radical RXC of RAW Motorsport Steve Burgess and Ben Dimmack to come home with a comfortable 30 second lead at the flag ahead of the Ferrari 488 Challenge of Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie, the pair parking the 2020 programme for Bailey’s new Brabham BT62 for now with Wylie doing double duty this year, a Carrera Cup GB campaign alongside his Britcar programme..
Race Two saw the turbo-powered Pragas back on form, they’d take the top two places overall, the win going to Danny Harrison’s #85 VR Motorsports Praga R1T, almost a lap clear of the sister VR Motorsport Praga, the #84 of Jack Fabby and Garry Townsend.
The #84 thought would be chased all the way home by Wylie in the Ferrari, just half a second back at the flag and E2 class winner after a spirited battle with the race 1 winning Radical had ended on the penultimate lap of the race with an error from Dimmack that pitched the Radical off the road and into retirement.
Newbarn Racing Commit Jaguar F-Type For Remainder of 2020
Newbarn Racing and drivers Adam and Callum Thompson will join the 2020 Dunlop Endurance Championship from the second racing weekend of the 2020 season at Brands Hatch next weekend in their Jaguar F-Type.
Paul Murray – Newbarn Racing team owner “We are very pleased to be joining the Britcar grid at Brands and for the rest of the season.”
Reflex Racing Field Ligier JS2-R
Britcar has a fine history of embracing the quirkier side of endurance racing and Reflex Racing rare embracing that by fielding one of only two Ligier JS2-Rs in the UK for Marcus Vivian and Luke Davenport.
Both drivers have been regulars in a variety of Ginetta championships, and Davenport has had successful seasons in both the British GT and the BTCC.
Reflex Racing team boss Del takes up the story: “The car is a Ligier JS2 R and is new, its only history being a demonstration run up the hill at Goodwood.
“2020 is an odd but exciting year for Reflex Racing; odd because it’s the first year since 2002 that we will not be present in any of the Ginetta championships, and exciting because we are returning to the welcoming Britcar championship full time with an exciting car in the Ligier JS2-R, and with two competitive drivers, both with a race-winning pedigree, and the will to add to their tally. Hopefully, later in the year, we can join the Trophy grid with at least one of our two Ginetta GT5s”.
WEC Support Races Confirmed At Spa
After the uncertainties and changes to the 2020 calendar Britcar has confirmed that they will be on the support bill for the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps next month with a pair of 60-minute races from 13-15 August.
All Britcar cars will be eligible to join the combined grid for these races.
It was a dominant performance on the opening weekend of the GT Cup season at the Snetterton 300 circuit from the WPI Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Michael Igoe and Factory Pro Dennis Lind.
The duo took all four wins over the weekend in convincing style at the head of a 23 car field.
Three of our encounters saw the Lamborghini’s closest rivals come from the GTC class Scott Sport-entered Ferrari 488 Challenge of John Dhillon and Aaron Scott, the Ferrari pair finishing behind the In2 racing GT3 class Porsche 911 GT3R of Will Goff in Race One but then taking the fight to the solo driver in the GT3 Porsche and coming out on top in both races 2 and three by a small margin.
There was a rather smaller field for the final race of the weekend with Lucky Khera in the #241 Simon Green Motorsport-run Porsche 991 GT3 completing the overall podium and coming home second in GTC.