Britcar Open News Round-Up
Team Wireless

Father and son pairing Patrick and Mark Charlton were back in the Honda VTEC- powered Lotus Elise in the Britcar Open event last Saturday – this the car that scored a podium finish in the British GT Cup class last season.

“We can’t now race in the British championship as the engine transplant means the car isn’t legal and, it’s not powerful enough either, but we’re looking at all sorts of options to get back,” said Charlton the younger.

The family team is believed to have considered options ranging from a supercharged engine, or even the new Radical V8, through to a potential Lamborghini Gallardo Cup (GT3) entry: the Italian marque though seems a non-starter.

“We’d love to do GT2 but the key is budget. Dad and I are working really hard to make it happen but we’ve no firm plans yet.”

Fingers crossed that Team Wireless find a way back to the tracks in 2005.

Topcats and Tophats II
The news we relayed a fortnight ago of the marriage of Charlotte Osborne and Warren Gilbert missed out one important detail of the couple’s special day.

The blushing bride, replete in her wedding dress, arrived at the church not in a vintage Rolls Royce, but instead at the wheel of a full, race prepped TVR Tuscan Challenge car - turning a few heads no doubt as she howled down Woburn High Street, before sliding sideways to a halt, fashionably late of course!

A surprise package aboard the very same car at Brands Hatch were the Eclipse Motorsport combination of Steve Hyde and John Griffiths, both getting involved in some close racing in the 2 x 1 hour GT Open races – on their way to sixth overall. As far as we know, neither has plans to use the TVR for the same purpose as Charlotte Osborn - either together, or separately!

Paul Cope’s Venturi
Paul Cope ran his Venturi 400 GTR in the British GT Championship as long ago as 1997. He and former England cricketer David Smith were at Brands Hatch last Saturday, to race Giles Groombridge’s Alfa 156 in the Britcar Night race – but they only covered 10 laps.

Cope’s Venturi was listed as a possible entry for the first Britcar Open race at Donington earlier this month, but the Renault V6 in that car is “too expensive to repair and too unreliable. But I’m thinking of having a Jaguar V8 fitted into it for next year.” That would make an interesting (and reliable) machine.


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