Castle Combe provided the setting for a typically fraught and exciting race for spectators at the weekend. Combe is the 2nd fastest track in the UK and certainly the bumpiest and toughest on cars.
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.
After Warren Gilberts recent return to racing, it was deemed time for wife Charlotte to return to the racing seat after a 4 year sabbatical to have 2 children. With the Mosler remaining at the workshop in preparation for the 24hr race at Zolder, it was left to the 2 Marcos Mantis race cars to uphold the teams honour.
The weekend also saw the return of Richard Fores after missing the previous races of 2009. He would be partnering Mick Mercer in the GT2 Marcos and Charlotte in the GT3 Marcos with regular driver Jon Harrison.
With limited testing on the Friday, only Jon Harrison and Charlotte Gilbert made the most of the 3 fifteen minute sessions a piece. Charlotte settled into the car more quickly than expected and was able to better her team mate’s best lap by the end of the session.
The final 2 sessions were academic as they were both red flagged early and never restarted.