dsc 2005 Awards 25 – UK Moment of the Year
Two well supported teams scoring their debut wins
figured in the voting here: Embassy Racing’s obvious joy after
a hard fought race at Knockhill and Keith Ahlers’ Team Aero
win in GT3 at Thruxton were a joy for the whole grid, and the whole
press room too, as two / three long seasons of trying very hard
were finally rewarded.
Phil Keen’s pass on Patrick Pearce at Thruxton
gets a vote here too, the Eclipse man pulling a fabulous dummy before
tucking inside the TVR into the chicane to take the lead of the
The winner here was the extraordinary climax of
a race that had started with the disappointment of a pair of safety
car periods, costing the first 30 minutes of a two hour race. It
had looked like a washout, but boy did it turn out to be a cracker.
With highly changeable conditions, tyre choice was
critical and, in GT2, it was Embassy Racing that guessed correctly,
with the Porsche going from third to first in two laps, dragging
a full 20 seconds back from the lead Ferrari to grab the advantage
with just four corners left to run.
In GT3 the real drama wasn’t for the win –
the Chris Stockton / Andy Britnell Porsche claiming the victory,
but there was high drama late on in this class too. It looked like
a Porsche 1-2-3 with Piers Masarati and Steve Wood further back
on the same lap. But storming back from a full lap down, after Hector
Lester had spun out in the UCB Ferrari, Allan Simonsen was simply
astonishing. Yes, he chose the correct tyres for the latter part
of the race, but his pace was amazing, at times two seconds faster
than the entire field (including the front running GT2 cars). He
passed Steve Wood on the penultimate lap, but surely third was as
good as it would get?
Nope, storming through Woodcote as the finish line
approached, he was right on Masarati’s tail: Piers drifted
ever so slightly wide on his now entirely shot rubber and Simonsen
saw his chance, and a gap. At the finish he grabbed second place
by just one thousandth of a second.
The dailysportscar.com United
Kingdom Moment of the Year 2005 was the last lap of the 2 Hour British
GT Race At Silverstone.