Hull based modes of transport would have been better to displace the tidal waters that flooded the Brands Hatch circuit at the weekend for the non-championship Britcar GT Open and Sports Car double header race.
Topcats Racing celebrated a spectacular race win at Brands Hatch this weekend and clinched the hotly contested Britcar Class 3 Championship as they crossed the finish line.
Topcats Racing celebrated their Class 2 victory and 2nd overall in the Britcar Championship on Saturday in the 90 minute night race at Brands Hatch after father and son duo Steve and Jonny Hyde stepped up to take over the class lead handed to them by Neil Huggins and Raphael Fiorentino who had both campaigned the whole season but had used up their sponsorship funds after the last race at Donington.
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It’s not all champagne, trophies and grid girls for the crew at Topcats Racing! Some hard work and long hours are required, but team spirit makes us a winning team. Paul Steffens, our race engineer and strategist gives us a very eloquent account….
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.
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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.
With drivers of the Britcar Championship newly adjusted to racing in the dark from the 6 hr race in October, the finale of the 2009 championship, aptly titled, ‘Into the Night’ was sure to provide a spectacle for spectators, able to view almost the whole of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit owed to its amphitheatre-like characteristics.
Qualifying was staged in the twilight, readying drivers for an unlit night time race. Class 3 contenders, Jon Harrison and Neil Huggins, who, having only had his stitches out from an operation to put in a metal plate in his collarbone that week, did a sterling job, placing their Marcos Mantis 12th on the grid of 32 cars. The class 2 Marcos Mantis driven by Henry Fletcher and newcomer to the series, Raphael Fiorentino also put in an impressive qualifying lap to secure 9th. Further up the grid, Andrew Beaumont and Richard Fores, on only his 2nd invitation to drive the Mosler managed to qualify 5th ahead of the Sumpter/Slater Porsche 911RSR.