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.

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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.

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dailysportscar.comRSR displayed 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 hands)...

... 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.

dailysportscar.comBusiness 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!

Veteran commentator Brian Jones was doing the rounds in the pit lane, and caught EERC 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.

MSV 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.
Steve Wood

 

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