Martini Cup, Snetterton, 18th July 2009

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An invitation to race in the prestigious Martini Cup was too tempting to pass for team boss, Warren Gilbert who chose Topcats team assistant and close friend, Rob Wilson to share in the driving duties for the 3 hour endurance race. Previous cup winners include the likes of the famous Graham Hill to name but one.

A confident, Warren Gilbert put the Marcos Mantis GT car on pole by a convincing 1 second margin over nearest rival Geddes Jnr & Snr in their Porsche Cup 997, currently racing successfully in the Porsche Cup Series.

Warren had his tactics all worked out for the rolling start, using the huge amount of torque available from the LS6 Chevy engine Warren had all his rivals backed up behind him at a relatively slow pace only to unleash the torque as the lights went to green and Warren was able to leave the other cars trailing behind as he took the first corner, and continue to stretch his lead by over 6 car lengths as he rounded Corum and back into view of the pitwall.

The Geddes Porsche was unable to provide an answer to the dominant Marcos and continued to pull away to create a significant buffer in time for Warren to make his pitstop and hand over to the less experienced Rob Wilson in only his 3rd ever race.

Wilson was able to consolidate their position at the head of the leaderboard and demonstrate his ability to handle the powerful machine.

Rob pitted for the final stop to splash and dash with fuel and hand the reigns back to Warren to finish the race. At this point, Warren was able to pace himself and did not need to demonstrate the heroics displayed in his first stint.

Gilbert and Wilson were able to take a comfortable led to the chequered flag, but were kept honest by the last ditch attempts to catch up with the Marcos from the Geddes Porsche.

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