Doing It Differently At The Britcar 24
Part of the charm of the Britcar 24 Hours is the variety of machinery
on display – from a VW Beetle and a Golf all the way to a
seven litre Mosler.
Somewhere in the middle of that range of machinery
were two unique cars, two types of GT car that are only ever likely
to be seen in Britcar and perhaps Belcar (and maybe British GTs,
in the case of one of them). Unfortunately, these two cars shared
a common part – and unfortunately, both suffered similar problems.
The two cars were Matthew Manderson’s Darrian
T90 and Simon Scuffham’s Prosport – and both suffered
problems in the area of the rear wheel spindles.
Both cars are quick though: the Darrian’s
fastest lap was a 2:00.553 and the Prosport’s a 2:00.799.
Both were only scratching the surface of their real potential.
and his band of volunteers only finished putting their Darrian together
on Thursday night, and prior to the race, Manderson had managed
something like four hours sleep (in total) during the previous three
Their first problem in the race was the wastegate
falling off, “probably because we put it together in such
a rush”. Then they had a (Prosport) wheel spindle fail –
and then it happened again. But with a rear wing assembled from
two BAR / Honda F1 rear wings, this car is developing considerable
downforce, and will be worth looking out for in the future.
Prosport got off to a very promising start in the race, running
an impressive sixth, and likely to run very long stints on its fuel.
But wheel nut / wheel spindle problems saw the car lose one wheel
at Bridge – which apparently bounced over the fuelling equipment
on the infield – another at the pit entrance and a third on
the Hangar Straight. But each time, the offending corner was reassembled,
and #88 did get to the finish (and covered 385 laps) – running
its famous £150 Granada engine, “which had covered 100,000
miles when I bought it”.
The team’s spare is a bit more up-market:
that cost 160 quid.
been allowed to run more races this year, we might have found the
problem before the 24 Hours,” sums up Simon Scuffham.
He’s got a cunning plan up his sleeve for
2007 – and with some stronger wheel spindles, and a through
rebuild again, this one could be really in the thick of the action
It’s admirable what some teams manage to achieve
with their Civics and Integras, but we do like people who go GT
racing with something different. Well done Simon Scuffham and Matt