Topcats GT2 Marcos’ record lap time stuns rivals!
Both the Marcos GT2 and GT3 cars and their respective drivers would show the rest of the field just what they are capable of in outright speed and what is required to assert their domination in a qualifying lap.
Even with the likes of the rival McInerney Mosler and Sumpter Porsche RSR and a host of other state of the art Porsches and Ferrari’s, the Marcos’s caused a shockwave in the 30 minute qualifying session.
With 3 drivers, Mick Mercer, Richard Fores and Luc Paillard to qualify in the GT2 Marcos, time was going to be valuable.
First to qualify was Mercer, tasked with curing the tyres in preparation for a number of quick laps, some of which would be his own but ultimately the best lap would come a little later when the tyres would be at their best.
After Warren Gilberts recent return to racing, it was deemed time for wife Charlotte to return to the racing seat after a 4 year sabbatical to have 2 children. With the Mosler remaining at the workshop in preparation for the 24hr race at Zolder, it was left to the 2 Marcos Mantis race cars to uphold the teams honour.
The weekend also saw the return of Richard Fores after missing the previous races of 2009. He would be partnering Mick Mercer in the GT2 Marcos and Charlotte in the GT3 Marcos with regular driver Jon Harrison.
With limited testing on the Friday, only Jon Harrison and Charlotte Gilbert made the most of the 3 fifteen minute sessions a piece. Charlotte settled into the car more quickly than expected and was able to better her team mate’s best lap by the end of the session.
The final 2 sessions were academic as they were both red flagged early and never restarted.