Topcats Racing and driver Neil Huggins narrowly missed out on a double win this weekend after Saturdays first race saw them make a fantastic climb up the leader board into P2 and chasing the lead car before the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cut out with just half a lap to the end of the race.
With two separate qualifying sessions for both races, Huggins really clicked with his new car in 2nd qualifying to secure P2 on the grid for race two.
After a less than perfect getaway from the green light in Sundays 50 minute Lamborghini Super Trofeo race and a cautious opening couple of laps because of unfamiliarity with cold tyres, Neil Huggins dropped to 5th in class with a big 100 metre gap to make up. As soon as Huggins was confident with the tyres he began to close in on the leading pack. Within 3 laps he had halved the gap and drizzle set in. Huggins really came alive whilst the competition started to fall back into… Neil’s clutches. Huggins managed to pass 3 of his Gallardo challengers before his mandatory pitstop and by the time all the pitstops had played out Huggins was up into P2 and challenging for P1 and quickest on track. With 10 minutes remaining Huggins was making a concerted effort to overtake the class leader and made several attempts to get down the inside into the corners but the worsening wet weather conditions were making each attempt more precarious as all cars were still on slick tyres. A move into Copse to out brake his opponent cost him in the end and he spun into the gravel. It ended his chance of winning but was able to return to the track to finish the race. Despite the final result, Huggins has definitely been noticed and although this was to be a one off for the year with Blancpain, Huggins has unfinished business….
Ready to go!
Guys and gal
The team were excited to introduce three new drivers to their Class 2 entry in the Marcos Mantis for the 2012 Silverstone 24Hr Race. Ian Bankhurst, a successful and well practised 24hr racer. Carlos Arimon, a cool and controlled Spaniard with considerable experience and a competitor in last year’s Silverstone 24hr. The third driver and already very much at home in the team, SEAT Production Cup racer, Paul Black, was taking his overdue opportunity to step into GT racing and after much curiosity, to finally experience the Marcos for himself.
Podium Top Step
O’Neill and Huggins left their Class 2 rivals crestfallen at the weekend as they picked up maximum points and an extra point for class fastest lap to take them into the overall lead of the championship at Silverstone at the weekend.
Topcats Racing are pleased to announce their three new drivers, who will join consummate drivers of the team, Owen O’Neill, Neil Huggins and Kyle Tilley for the season opener at Silverstone this Saturday, 24th March.
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.
Will Topcats ever better the amazing result from the teams two Marcos Mantis GT cars at this year’s Britcar 24Hr Race driven by a truly formidable all-Japanese driver squad in the Class 3 car and the Class 2 sister car that was all set for podium? A heartbreaking turn of events though for the Runnymede Topcats Mosler as they lead into the 20th hour…….
Marcos at Croft
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.