As the title says, another weekend, another race track and this time it was my local track, Snetterton, and the Britcar in action. It was a very last minute decision to head to Snetterton and as such missed the deadline in which to apply for media. Fortunately at Snetterton the spectator viewing areas are great. I am also very fortunate to be allowed access to the Team Hard garage.
Team Hard were also in action at another race track too this time with four Ginettas G55's racing in the Britcar Endurance Championship. The Britcar Championship is similar to the British GT with some of the machinery the same as the GT4 class of the British GT guise. To explain the Britcar this is from their website "Endurance Championship will be run with 2 different categories: Endurance Champion & Sprint Champion. The Endurance category will now run with a maximum race length of 2 hours with a race meeting consisting of a 2-hour race and a 50-minute race. The Sprint category will comprise of 2 x 50 minute races, the first will be a combined 50-minute race with the Endurance competitors and the second will be integrated in the 2-hour race"
Unlike the British GT, all this happens on the one day which also has to cover practice and qualifying in a bid to keep the costs down for the competitors. This though does keep all the mechanics on their toes as they have to make sure that any set up changes work in the right direction as there isn't much time to change things if they are found to be off the mark.
The racing is just as intense. For example the Team Hard Ginetta of Simon Rudd/Tom Barley had a slight issue in the pitstop which added a couple of seconds to their time and now were over a minute behind the class leader. Once they had got up to speed after their stop the Team Hard duo were 6s a lap quicker than the class leader! With around 10mins left on the clock they were together and it didn't take long for Rudd to overtake and then disappear up the road. The tension in the pits though was immense. The pairing had already won 3 out 3 races and were hoping to make it 4 out 4. At the flag Rudd was 14s ahead and duly took the win.
The pitstops looked like a logistical nightmare as Team Hard had 3 cars to service and they also had to contend with the garage next to them also wanting to pit. Due to the generosity of the team I was still able to get images of the pitstops from the front of their garage.
The next time I will am trackside I will be back at Snetterton for the British GT.
I must say a huge thank you to the team and especially Tony Gilham who has given me access and allowed me to wave the camera around the team and also thanks to Peter Farrow too.
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