With just five days until the start of one of the most exciting events on the British motor racing calendar, Topcats Racing are adding the final touches to their preparation before heading to the world famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Wednesday for the Britcar 24 Hr Race.
While most teams will be running one or two cars, Topcats Racing will be running a record 3 cars for the big event, and defending the title.
The team have worked very hard to get all three cars ready on time following the last outing at Rockingham at the end of August.
Both the Marcos Mantis GT cars and the Mosler MT900GT3 have been entered with a grand total of 12 drivers sharing the driving duties in their respective cars.
As mentioned in a previous news feature (Posted: August 25th, 2010), the team will be running an all Japanese driver squad in the GT4 Class Marcos (No. 59). The GT2 class Marcos will be driven by team regulars, Raphael Fiorentino, Owen O’Neill and the welcome return of Jon Harrison. For O’Neill and Harrison, it will be their first time in the GT3 class Marcos, having campaigned in the GT4 class Marcos to date. The fourth driver now confirmed is Le Mans and British GT racer, Steve Hyde who is also making a welcome return having raced for the team some years back in the TVR Tuscan Challenge. He is looking forward to his comeback in endurance racing, this being his first time in a Marcos….another iconic sports car brand to add to his list.
The Mosler (Car No. 1!) will be driven by owner, Andrew Beamount and his selected squad, Henry Fletcher and last years Britcar 500 winners, Ben Clucas and Pat Gormley.
To cope with the immense work load that comes with running three cars in the top categories, Topcats Racing have a 20 strong team of engineers, technicians, radio controllers, caterers, support crew, massage therapist and even a translator who will be translating for 3 of the Japanese drivers who do not speak any English, all of whom will be working very hard to keep everything running like a well oiled machine, so to speak!
This years Britcar 24hr promises to be the best one yet with 76 cars entered. You will be able to follow the race via a live stream from www.tsl-timing.co.uk and also able to access this through your handheld if you are at the circuit and want to keep up to the minute progress on the race.
The stream is not set-up yet but we will post the link as soon as it is available.
The race starts at 4.30pm on Saturday running non-stop through the night, culminating in an exciting finish, we hope, on Sunday afternoon. There will be lots to keep you interested including the ‘Pit Walkabout’ starting at 12.10-12.55pm where you will be able to view all the cars and drivers close up.
We hope you can come and support us!
Click here for Race weekend timetable: www.britcar24hr.co.uk