Topcats-the Racing Team synonymous with Endurance Racing was faced with a new challenge this weekend, competing for honours in the launch of the very first GT Trophy Endurance Race….read team correspondent Jon Harrison’s thrilling account of the race.
Topcats Racing will make their debut among the regulars of the GT Cup in a newly devised series titled the GT Trophy which welcomes the GT endurance fraternity in a 2 hour race on the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit. The race will be held at 2.55pm on Saturday 22nd May.
Britcar and Marcos Mantis GT3 Class 2 driver, Neil Huggins, tells us what it’s like up to head up the campaign to win the Britcar GT Championship from the 3rd round at Croft.
Topcats Racing could taste victory in the closing stages of the race at Snetterton on Saturday in the 150 minute Britcar Endurance Championship, but bad luck put an end to the team’s expectations of an outright win.
Despite viagra tabs opposition from the class 1 contenders of McInerney/McInerney in the Mosler MT900GT3 and the Gamski/Robinson Ferrari 430 GT2, the flying Topcats Racing Class 2 Marcos Mantis, driven by Huggins and Fiorentino, were odds on to win the race as the final pit stops played out.
Supporters of the Topcats Racing team and racing enthusiasts and who are at a loose end this weekend should head to Snetterton in Norfolk to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2 hour Britcar Endurance Race and a warm welcome from the team. Tea, coffee and biscuits are free to our visitors.
The team will be running both of their race winning Marcos Mantis cars, each of which will be battling for GT2 and GT3 honours. Neil Huggins and Raphael Fiorentino will pilot the GT2 spec Mantis with Owen O’Neill and Henry Fletcher hoping to share the spoils in the GT3 Mantis.
Unpredictable weather set the scene for the Friday qualifying session and Saturday’s race in the British opening round of the Dutch Supercar Challenge at the Silverstone GP Circuit. With just a 20 minute qualifying session split between two drivers, the opportunity to post a pole grabbing lap would be limited to two or three laps. Andrew Beaumont was tasked with setting the opening qualifiers in the MT900 GT3 spec car and pitting a handful of minutes later to relay the car to the reigning Britcar 500 champ, Ben Clucas.
Owner driver, Andrew Beaumont and last years Britcar 500 Champion, Ben Clucas, will be pairing up again to drive the Mosler MT900 GT3 and contest the UK and opening round of the Dutch Supercar Challenge at Silverstone GP this weekend, Sat/Sun, April 3&4th.
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Topcats Racing’s hotshot driver, Raphael Fiorentino had to start from the back of the grid at Brands Hatch on Saturday 13th March after receiving a penalty for overtaking under the yellow flags. He made a flying start in the Marcos Mantis GT2 car with some fantastic overtaking manoeuvres.
Topcats Racing were pleased to introduce two new drivers who are set to campaign a full season in the Britcar Endurance Championship for title honours. Owen O’Neill, who has signed to drive the GT3 Marcos Mantis and partnering regular team driver Henry Fletcher for the Brands Hatch race, had been competing in the TVR Challenge Championship and has also had a very successful outing in the same Marcos in the Britcar 24hr race at Silverstone in 2008.
Raphael Fiorentino, Autosport’s rated top 5 club racer, who raced with the team in the season finale last year, will partner Neil Huggins who has graduated from the GT3 into the GT2 Marcos Mantis.
sales-i and Topcats Racing have forged a strong and successful partnership since being introduced at the beginning of 2009 when, sales-i co-founder, Paul Black got to experience, first hand, one of Topcats Racing’s ‘Race Car Experiences’ at Silverstone. Director, Charlotte Gilbert, said, “Such was the enthusiasm and ‘drive’ shared between Paul Black and the team that plans were implemented to interlink our services with theirs”.