Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Mosler: Britcar British Endurance Championship 2012


It's been a while since I reported on how the Moslers are getting on, so here's a look at the first four rounds of the Britcar British Endurance Championship.

This season sees just the one Mosler entry, though it features drivers who've driven the marque in the championship previously. Javier Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano have teamed up with Paul White to pilot the Azteca/Neil Garner/Strata 21 car. They got off to a winning start back in March at Silverstone, where they took victory in the three-hour race. With the lead changing hands in the early laps, a drive-through penalty given to the Mosler for pitlane speeding and the retirement of the very promising (and speedy) Flat Speed Racing Rapier SR2, it was an eventful race that saw the team take their first overall Britcar win.

I missed out on the Donington round in April, which saw the Mosler qualify on pole. An early puncture scare proved to be false and they soon regained places lost. Patches of rain and heavy traffic made for plenty of cut-and-thrust, with the Mosler spinning on lap 74 at Redgates as the three cars in the leading group ran neck-and-neck. As the rain began to fall steadily, the Azteca/Strata 21 switched to full wets and tip-toed their way to third place.

Snetterton in May saw Britcar around the 300 circuit. Denied pole by 0.058 seconds and the Optimum Ginetta G50 of Lee Mowle and George Murrells, the Mosler fought hard throughout the race. With the Class 2 Motionsport Ferrari 458 establishing a strong lead, Morcillo chased hard in the last hour. No need for last-lap drama, though; the Ferrari needed a fuel stop due to some gremlins and the Mosler coasted home for its second win of the season.

Astute refuelling and fortuitous timing saw the Mosler lead from pole to take the victory at Brands Hatch's Indy circuit in June. Safety car stints punctuated the race and one could have ruined the team's chances if the car hadn't then been waved by after being held up at a pitlane red light.

So it's three wins out of four for the Mosler, leading its class and second in the championship overall by just two points. Next race is at Oulton Park on June 23rd.

In the meantime, you can enjoy highlights of the races so far courtesy of GoRacing TV's excellent programmes on Youtube:
Round Three, Snetterton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdSyqpJor8Y

And here's some in-car footage from Donington:

Photo: Dennis Goodwin, Flickr



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