A tough weekend in East Anglia

Britcar 2014, Snetterton

After a busy month for the Neil Garner Motorsport team rebuilding the Mosler following its Oulton Park adventure the team were hoping for a quiet weekend at Snetterton. Unfortunately it wasn't to be as the day proved more difficult than hoped for with the team having to deal with technical failures during race 2 along with controversy from the regulations.

The day started well with driver Javier Morcillo missing out on pole position by just 0.006 of a second, P1 taken by the Radical RXC making its debut in the championship. Manuel Cintrano started the race but found it difficult to get into a rhythm so was quickly down to 5th place and struggling to put in the lap times that he knew he was capable of.

Despite a hard charge from Morcillo in the second half of the race he was unable to get the car higher than 4th place, 1 lap down on the leaders. With the race complete the team was forced to lodge a protest to the stewards after it emerged the winning FF Corse Ferrari of Calum Lockie was running on Pirelli tyres when the regulations state all cars to run on Dunlop rubber.

Although a dispensation had been given to the Ferrari team the other competitors had not been informed so it was agreed that the Ferrari would run the second race on Dunlop tyres.

Race 2 proved even more challenging as despite a strong drive from Cintrano an alternator problem saw the team pitting early to rig up an extra battery inside the car. However during the tyre change one wheel failed to fully secure resulting in a second stop to refit the it. Keen to get the car back into the race it was released 2 seconds before the mandatory 90 second pit stop time had elapsed which incurred a stop and go penalty. With the temporary battery failing to produce enough power it was decided to withdraw from the race rather than risk further damage as the battery failed.

The result puts the team 22 points behind the championship leaders Lockie and Mason who extended their lead in the championship after professional driver Calum Lockie ran solo in both races after his amateur team mate David Mason was forced to miss the round due to personal reasons.

The next race will be on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on September 20th.

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