Race Car Live - Report
Thanks, Jonathan Palmer, for a great new initiative. Saturday’s
Race Car Live (December 4), at Brands Hatch, was an opportunity
for drivers, teams, and sponsors to check out the national racing
championships and series – a sort of try before you buy. Track
rides were available to sample performance first-hand, and slick
organisation by MSV made the day an enormous success.
The EERC had three garages,
plus the use of the Team Griffin awning. Julian Griffin had brought
along two Renault Clios, representing the Clio Cup and Britcar,
but sadly not the newly-acquired Viper.
its Radical, complete with Nigel Greensall, which they campaigned
in the Britsports series (next year merging with the JCC’s
Tom Rowe Centurian Challenge, and attaining championship status),
and was joined by Jules Martin’s Palmer-Jaguar, and a smattering
of other Britsports cars. The new Production S1 series was represented
by Daniels Motorsport’s Honda Integra and Ford Fiesta, and
they were joined by Peter Hands in his Civic Type R, and the new-shape
Integra of the Gannon Brothers.
Two Xero Chevrolet
Corvettes, both N-GT (GT2) and Cup (GT3) versions, were flying the
flag for the British GT Championship (the blue GT3 now back in Xero's
so Robin Ward chose to park the Damax Ferrari 360s (again, both
classes) under the Britcar banner. Noble donated its road-going
M12, stickered-up as the Britcar safety car, for track rides.
Business was brisk inside
the EERC garages, as old friends dropped by and potential competitors
considered their options. Expect to see at least one ex-Eclipse
Marcos Mantis out there next season. The Pirelli Maranello Ferrari
Challenge, in the adjoining garage, highlighted some potential cross-over
customers (Witt Gamski and Bo McCormick already have a foot in both
camps). Ex-British GT regular David Dove, this season’s runner-up
in a 355, is buying a 360 for next year, and expressed an interest
in Britcar, but a reluctance to do the longer races. Hopefully,
we’ll talk him round!
Brian Jones was doing the rounds in the pit lane, and caught
director John Veness for an interview (above) that was ended, but
by no means cut short, by Scott Mansell’s F1 demonstration
run for the EuroBoss series.
excelled, putting together a professional event at reasonably short
notice, which proved popular with competitors and public alike.
“It’s another winter racing event to go to,” observed
a regular Brands Hatch punter.