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30.11.2016

Season ends with 'into the night' win

Javier Morcillo leads into Druids

NGMSport finished their 2016 season at Brands Hatch with a double outing for the Mosler in the Production and GT race and the Britcar Endurance "into the night" race. A solid P2 finish in the 50 minutes Production and GT race provided the foundation for a hard fought victory in the following days 3 hour endurance race.

Javier Morcillo started the race from P2 but was gifted a clear track when the Tockwith Motorsports Audi R8 LMS on pole position found the Clearways gravel trap on the parade lap and upon extraction would start from the back of the grid. This left Morcillo with a clear run into Paddock Hill bend and despite a challenge from the FF Corse Ferrari of Calum Lockie who briefly grabbed the lead but Morcillo saw him coming and allowed the Ferrari to outbrake itself and run wide leaving the Mosler a clear run up to Druids.

The Mosler at the bottom of Paddock Hill

For 40 minutes Morcillo was clear to run into the Kent sunset and built a 10 second lead over the chasing Ferrari but Lockie was up to the challenge and started to close the gap after 15 laps and had got the deficit down to half a second before an incident saw him drop back 7 seconds as Morcillo pitted to hand over to Manuel Cintrano.

The story of the race however came in the final hour when Morcillo took over the driving and exited the pit lane with an 11 second lead over the Audi which had fought its way back into contention. The maths had been done and it seemed Audi would only catch Morcillo on the final lap. In racing however nothing is certain and with just 12 minutes remaining the Mosler had a coming together with a slower car at Graham Hill bend.

Into the night

The seconds lost were enough to put the Audi right back into contention and the run to the line saw one of the closest Britcar finishes in recent times. Despite a damaged wheel causing all manner of handling problems, Morcillo drove hard and with Nigel Moore in the Audi gave the spectators a real show before taking the chequered flag less than half a second in front of the Audi.

The result brings 2016's racing activities to an end however the team expect that the Mosler will return for another year to the Dunlop Endurance Championship and should be joined by the Renault RS01 for a full season with Nick Holden and Andrew McKenna.

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