Britcar’s 3 hour endurance race at Snetterton on the 19th August tested the driver’s physical endurance to the maximum with outside temperatures topping 90 degrees.
Jeff Wyatt, Jon Harrison and Rob Wilson, who are good friends on and off track, wanted to race together for the sun drenched enduro. They qualified in 15th overall and 4th in class 2 with the Marcos Mantis GT car.
Regular pairing, Mick Mercer and Gary Smith qualified 19th overall and 5th in class 4 in their Ginetta G50.
Wyatt was enjoying his first outing on track for some time and ultimately set the fastest lap of the trio. He was responsible for getting the car through the opening laps of the race and to the end of the first hour to hand over to Wilson. His run was beset with interruptions from the safety car as well as an intermittent misfire which was affecting him on the exit of the corners when he needed it most. As another safety car period intervened, Rob made the call to pit for a mechanical check and before his allotted changeover time but sacrificed his remaining driving time to hand over to Harrison to avoid another unnecessary pit stop. Their optimal driving gave Harrison the opportunity he needed to jump ahead of their class rivals as the other teams completed their final pit stops. Harrison safeguarded the position to the chequered flag taking a well deserved 10th overall and 2nd in class, reinforcing their 3rd place overall in the Championship and a mere 3 points behind the Mosler of Morcillo/Cintrano .
Mercer and Smith ended up having a disappointing weekend. Smith remained on the sidelines for the race. Mercer completed his 13th lap of the race followed by a catastrophic engine failure, stopping him out on track and signalling the end of their podium hopes.
The next race is the Britcar 24hr Endurance Race at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on from 21st-23rd of September.