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February 25, 2020

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The Spanish duo of Javier Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano head into Rounds 3 and 4 of the Britcar Endurance Championship as early points leaders; expert winter coaching by Morcillo has seen opera- singing eye surgeon Cintrano raise his game this season, and the pair posted a win and runner-up placings in the Neil Garner-run Mosler at the Silverstone opener.

Lone driver Mike Millard dispelled any self-doubts over his fitness at Silverstone, storming back through the order after an early-race spin to take Race 1 victory, though the mystery gremlins that have dogged the Rapier prototype in the past returned later in the day, and the team will be hoping that was a temporary glitch. Two campaigns never really got off the ground at Silverstone, so the MacG Racing Ultima and the Team Tiger Marcos Mantis will be unknown quantities. The Marcos has a well-balanced driver pairing in Chris Beighton and Jon Finnemore though, as has the Stark Racing Ginetta G55 of Ian Stinton and Nathan Freke, which could be all-important at Donington. Karim Moudi’s GpC2 Spice adds, er, spice to the Class 1 grid, and Nigel Mustill is bringing out his Daytona Prototype-derived Riley, to be shared with Craig Dolby and WEC star John Martin.

Experienced pro-drivers Calum Lockie and Nigel Greensall go head-to-head in Ferrari 458s in Class 2 – they took a class win apiece at Silverstone, Greensall sharing the BAMD machine with Darren Nelson, and Lockie, fresh from posting his 90th race victory last weekend, partnering David Mason in the FF Corse car. A couple of solid drives by Guillaume Gruchet, in the Newbridge Porsche 997, see him second in the class standings, and teething troubles for the Rogue Motorsport Toyota GT86 of Nick Holden, and the Jensen Lunn/Alistair Lindsay Chevron last time out will have hopefully been sorted, whilst Peter Cook and Franck Pelle, a Britcar winning pairing from days gone by, team-up once again, in the Simpson Motorsport Audi R8.

Intersport dominated Class 3 at Silverstone; though damper issues blighted the first race for the Adam Hayes/Mark Radcliffe BMW M3, Ian Donaldson and Anna Walewska posted a brace of class podiums in the team’s BMW E92 (most definitely an Intersport creation, despite rumours to the contrary), and Andrew Donaldson/Mark Cottingham took class wins in both races despite fuel issues in the Ginetta G50 – team boss Kevin Clarke is threatening to assist with the driving this weekend. The stunning Saxon Motorsport BMW 1-series “GTR” of Nick Barrow and Robert Hall has proved fast but a little fragile so far, and the class is completed by the return of 2012 champions Bullrun, though in the faithful SEAT Leon Cupra rather than the title-winning Lotus. Richard Adams, who lives and works in Castle Donington, will share the driving with novice son Max and fellow ex-champ David Green.

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