BGT Media Day 16 - Hawthorns Motorsport
good to be back – I feel we’ve got unfinished business
here,” was Rod Barrett’s view of the return to British
GT of himself and Jan Persson, in a GTC class Porsche 996. The pair
had started 2005 in British GT, but took their BMW Z3 to Britcar
after a handful of rounds.
“The BMW was right for Britcar, but needed
a lot of development to run here, and we had to ask ourselves if
it was worth spending 25/30k on that development. The Porsche is
competitive straight out of the box, ” Rod expanded. And it’s
not just competitiveness that is important to them, but reliability
too. Rod again; “At our age, there’s only so much racing
time left, and we want to spend it in the car, not in the pits,
or watching from behind the Armco.”
Two test sessions at Brands Hatch before the Silverstone
media day have highlighted the differences between the Porsche and
the pair’s previous front-engined mounts.
“In the TVR and BMW, you listened to the engine
noise to change gear,” explained Jan, “but in the Porsche
you just hear mmmmmmmm from the back, then a light comes on the
Rod explained that he was having to get used to
the left hand driving position, but was surprised by the handling
of the car; “When you put your foot on the brake, it actually
stops, and when you turn the steering wheel, it goes in the direction
you want!” he enthused.
that, now with a competitive car, their ability would be the arbiter.
“If we’re too slow now, it won’t be the car,”
What a fascinating
livery for the #8 car - reflecting the nationalities of the two