British GT Championship – Silverstone – Preview
Five to Go
After the long gap since Castle Combe in June, and
with five races left this season (Silverstone, two at Mondello,
then two more at Silverstone in October), the GT2 Drivers’
Championship is all but decided in favour of one of the Scuderia
& Kirkaldy 78
Mullen & Nirachos 48
Caine & Jordan 35
Collins & Cunningham 32.
As Lindsay Morle, Scuderia Ecosse’s PR explains,
“If Kinch and Kirkaldy finish in the points and ahead of the
Jordan/Caine Porsche, then Scuderia Ecosse will win the Drivers’
Championship. All that will remain to be decided is whether it goes
to Kinch and Kirkaldy or Mullen and Niarchos!”
Both Ferraris will obviously be at Mondello Park
next month, to help sort that one out.
“It is vitally important for us to nail the
British Championship as soon as possible so we'll be out for victory
as usual,” says Andrew Kirkaldy. “It should be a fun
If you’re in a Ferrari Andrew, yes it should.
And if you say “that was a straightforward win” once
GT3 points are just about as clear-cut as in GT2:
Masarati & Deverikos 64
Simonsen / Finnemore / Lester / Beighton 32
Attard / Adams 30
Smyth / Hulford 24
Rich / Burton / Westwood / Ahlers 23
It’s four wins for the leaders, the other
five victories spread among five different pairings – hence
the close battle for runner-up spot in GT3.
The entry in this class is substantial at Silverstone
this week, for the two hour race. There are 31 in total (the appeal
of the GP track?), comprising four invitation (non-points scoring)
GT3s, ten GT2s and an impressive 17 GT3s.
Dimitris Deverikos will be hot-footing it from Greece,
Piers Masarati (with a girlfriend and not a bride) from Las Vegas
– and Allan Simonsen beats them both in air-miles by jetting
in from Australia again. Have the Tech 9 pair beaten the BA strike
at Heathrow? Were they flying BA in the first place? Let’s
hope not – or that they landed before Thursday’s chaos.
“Phil – I’m stuck in Las Vegas,
I didn’t get married and if Dimitris drives on his own, I’ve
just blown any chance of the Championship. Have you got a gun or
won’t come to that!
Piers is back. Virgin into Gatwick this morning. No way BA.
Last year’s fixture with the LMES nearly drove
us (and some of the teams) mad with two races on Sunday: this time
it’s one two hour event, and all the better for it. It is
endurance racing after all – isn’t it?