Neil Huggins, team driver and sometime roving reporter, gives us the lowdown at Rockingham Motor speedway….
Topcats Racing are pleased to confirm and welcome the return of Mick Mercer to the team for 2011, after a year away.
Sam Head departs one British marque to join Topcats Racing in another. After an illustrious few years racing TVR’s, Head has confirmed that his racing seat will now be in the rival Marcos Mantis Class 2 race car.
Topcats Racing are pleased to announce that Sam Head, who put on a good show for the team in the penultimate round of Britcar at Donington last year, has confirmed he will be campaigning a full season with the team in a bid to win the championship this year in the Marcos Mantis.
Head wants to up the profile in his racing career and to win the championship in Britcar would allow him to reach a level that will satisfy his competitive nature. Head spent many years racing on two wheels in motocross, then moving on to four wheels in a TVR Tasmin, winning the TVR championship in 2007. Head upgraded to a Tuscan Challenge race car and won the TVR Championship in 2009. Head went on to race the Glynnsport TVR Sagaris in 2010.
We would like to wish him all the best for this season.
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.
Topcats Racing’s Marcos Mantis GT cars showed to a crowded Castle Combe that even a £½ m GT2 Ferrari can’t necessarily beat the years of development that have gone in to making the aging Marcos one of the fastest racing GT cars in the UK.
Although the Marcos of Neil Huggins and Raphael Fiorentino was pipped to pole position by 1 tenth of a second by the Aaron Scott Ferrari, the championship leading GT2 Ferrari of Gamski/Robinson sat on the second row for the start of the race, as did the Ferrari 430 of Cameron/Edmonson. It was a great sight to see the Marcos fronting the prancing horses.
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.
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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.