Motorsport pundit &TV presenter Tony Jardine bags pole and win for Topcats in 2 hour Enduro

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 18-09-2012

Jardine/Knight win 360 2 hour enduro

Topcats Racing were thrilled when they signed Tony Jardine and co-driver, Trevor Knight for the 360 Motor Club 2 hour endurance race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday.

Although team and drivers were newcomers to the event, expectations were high. It was eclectic mix of cars ranging from 60’s classics to later and more powerful machinery including TVR’s Tuscans, Caterhams and the Topcats Racing’s hugely accomplished Marcos Mantis GT car piloted by Jardine and Knight.

Although Jardine’s driving repertiore boasts an equally eclectic  range of cars over the years in both race and rally, the Marcos was certain to put him through his paces, particularly as there was no pre-race testing ahead of the qualifying session.

The duo were untouchable in  qualifying with only the Caterham and its synonymous driver, Doug Newman that could come even remotely close to bridging the gap with a 2.8 second shortfall.

4.30pm heralded the start of the 2 hour , 2 driver enduro. Jardine, tasked with driving for the opening first hour, made certain of clinching fastest lap of the race with a 1.38.357 that nobody could challenge thereafter.

A ‘stop & go’penalty dished out by the officials did nothing to quash the considerable lead Jardine had built up before handing to accomplice, Knight.

Knight had to serve the penalty but even so they only ran in 4th place behind the now leading Newman in the Caterham, Smee/Brown in the Integra and Hancock/Smart in the Aston Martin for a short period until they came in for their mandatory pit stops promoting Knight back into the race lead.

Pole, fastest lap and race winners

In the end there were only four cars on the same lap as the leading pair. Newman’s Caterham had sadly expired which ended his close run with Knight. As the end neared Knight was a full minute ahead and the Jardine/Knight duo had made a clean sweep to victory taking all the available accolades, pole, fastest lap and race winners with them.

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