BGT Media Day 9 – Absent Ferraris
Lindsay Morle from Scuderia Ecosse was at the Wednesday event at Silverstone – but the brand new, British GT-bound (and FIA GT) Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari F430 GTC wasn’t – quite.

“Chris and Tim (Niarchos and Mullen) shook down the first of the cars at Fiorano on Monday of this week, and it will be at Knockhill on Friday - driven by Nathan and Andrew (Kinch and Kirkaldy). The second car will be shaken down towards the end of next week.”

Stephane Ratel reckoned that “the Panoz will be very competitive (in GT2) this year” – while the Eclipse Mosler was fastest in testing on Wednesday afternoon. The Scuderia Ecosse rivals may be few in number, but they’ll all be competitive. News from the other GT2 teams present yesterday asap.

Meanwhile David Dove and Andrew Howard were also present at Silverstone – but their GTC Class Ferraris weren’t either.

David Dove: “We were testing here last Friday, and Harry Handkammer’s BMW blew up in front of me going into Copse – right at the end of the afternoon. I took the crumple zone off against the barrier on the inside, but the suspension and chassis are fine. The car’s at Brackley being repaired: Robin Ward at DAMAX is sorting it out for me, and we’re very grateful to him for his help.”

David Dove will be sharing his Ferrari 360 with Calum Lockie – for a full season of British GTs. Dove blames Lockie for getting him into GTs.

“I was watching the British GTs on TV in about 1998 or 1999, and there was #70 on a Marcos, with Calum driving. Number 70 has always been my number, and to cut a long story short, I bought a Mantis, two in fact, and I raced in the Mantis Challenge and then moved up to the Privilege GT Championship. I had TOTAL backing then – they were fabulous sponsors.”

Dove and Lockie had discussed getting involved together for last year, “but Calum was always busy. Anyway, we met again at the TAG Heuer GT250 last year, got chatting, and here we are.”

Calum Lockie predicts that “we’re going to have a lot of fun this year, taking on the Porsches. We’ve had two runs on the Avons, but it was freezing at Donington and horrible at Silverstone. But the Avons seem to be a good, durable tyre.”

Here’s the David Dove 360 in its only British GT event last year, at Croft. It is a beautifully presented car.

Andrew Howard is, as already posted, behind the Beechdean-backed Ferrari 360 for Nigel Greensall and Jono Coleman. All three of them were at Silverstone yesterday – and the car will make its test debut at Donington Park on the last day of this month.

Andrew Howard is likely to enter the other two Beechdean cars – the MINI and the BMW M3 – in the Britcar 24 Hours (again), “but our main focus is on the GT car. It was supplied by Robin Ward at DAMAX, and he has helped us set the car up, although we’ll be running it.”

Nigel Greensall was happy to admit that while he’s driven a vast array of cars during his career, “I’m a Ferrari virgin.”

A fourth car not at Silverstone was the Alastair Davidson / Chris Wilson Bigfish BMW Z3M.

“We want to do a selection of races this year – and we’re really keen to do Pau,” said Alastair Davidson. “We prefer the longer races – for example, we were 14th on aggregate at the TAG Heuer event at Brands Hatch: we struggle in single, one hour races, where we’re lacking some pace, but two hours suits us much more.”

The two hour races this year are at Donington in May and Silverstone in September.

 

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