Britcar’s 3 hour endurance race at Snetterton on the 19th August tested the driver’s physical endurance to the maximum with outside temperatures topping 90 degrees.
An impressive performance from Mick Mercer and Gary Smith in the Production class 1 category assured them another victory at the newly configured Snetterton 300 race circuit. The race was dominated by several safety car periods but the excitement could not be marred as the 2 tiers of the race, British Endurance and Production GTN combined, drew to a close.
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.
Topcats GT2 Marcos’ record lap time stuns rivals!
Both the Marcos GT2 and GT3 cars and their respective drivers would show the rest of the field just what they are capable of in outright speed and what is required to assert their domination in a qualifying lap.
Even with the likes of the rival McInerney Mosler and Sumpter Porsche RSR and a host of other state of the art Porsches and Ferrari’s, the Marcos’s caused a shockwave in the 30 minute qualifying session.
With 3 drivers, Mick Mercer, Richard Fores and Luc Paillard to qualify in the GT2 Marcos, time was going to be valuable.
First to qualify was Mercer, tasked with curing the tyres in preparation for a number of quick laps, some of which would be his own but ultimately the best lap would come a little later when the tyres would be at their best.
An invitation to race in the prestigious Martini Cup was too tempting to pass for team boss, Warren Gilbert who chose Topcats team assistant and close friend, Rob Wilson to share in the driving duties for the 3 hour endurance race. Previous cup winners include the likes of the famous Graham Hill to name but one.
A confident, Warren Gilbert put the Marcos Mantis GT car on pole by a convincing 1 second margin over nearest rival Geddes Jnr & Snr in their Porsche Cup 997, currently racing successfully in the Porsche Cup Series.
Warren had his tactics all worked out for the rolling start, using the huge amount of torque available from the LS6 Chevy engine Warren had all his rivals backed up behind him at a relatively slow pace only to unleash the torque as the lights went to green and Warren was able to leave the other cars trailing behind as he took the first corner, and continue to stretch his lead by over 6 car lengths as he rounded Corum and back into view of the pitwall.