dsc 2005 Awards 13 – UK Race of the Year
A straight fight between two nominations here and
a close call for the win, not unlike the result of the winner here.
In second place was a race that received a great
deal of hype and cynicism in roughly equal measure.
promotion (ie none!) from the host circuit kept the crowds away
and dreadful weather no doubt dissuaded others. They missed out
on a race conducted beautifully by the organizers and competitors,
with a fabulous spirit in the pitlane.
The entry was interesting rather than stunning but
there were stories aplenty - from the early demise of the much fancied
Duller Motorsport BMW, through the astonishing road spec. Mercedes,
to the famous win by Rollcentre’s Mosler MT900R – the
Britcar 24 Hours grabs a very impressive second slot here in its
winner is a race held at the same venue and with its own share of
weather ‘issues’. Two very early safety cars nearly
ruined the show (had it been a one hour race, it could easily have
been judged the worst race of the year), but thereafter there was
a fascinating game of racing chess, with tyre choice the key to
a stunning finish - which saw Neil Cunningham grab a win, from the
dominant Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari, on the very last lap, plus a scrap
for second in GT3 between season long combatants Piers Masarati
and Allan Simonsen GT3 which saw the Dane beat the Englishman by
one thousandth of a second on the finish line! Fabulous stuff.
United Kingdom Race of the Year 2005 is the British GT Championship
2 hours of Silverstone.
superb race with fabulous on-track action all the way in both classes
– damn fine racing.” Mark Howson
remember having to prevent myself from issuing expletives in a commentary
box quite so often as in the two hours that this race took –
great stuff.” Graham Goodwin.