With just four hours remaining, and at least a couple of hours before it was forecast to arrive, we have significant rain at Silverstone for the closing stages of this year’s Britcar 24 hour endurance race. The Richard Abra BMW E46 GTR currently leads with the Ginetta G55 that ran so well at the front for so long having now dropped back to 19th.
The #91 car Rogue Motorsport BMW M3 E46 was forced to retire in the night with driveshaft issues, but for the team there was more drama around dawn as an oil fire forced driver Alrec Kitson to bail out for the Marshals to descend and extinguish rather dramtic flames. Fortunately a complete spare engine was in the truck and after an heroic effort by the crew, as I type the car is undergoing a geo before proceeding back onto circuit, now on a full wet setup.
David Hornsey, Britcar Championship co-ordinator, said last night that some teams had started to fall foul of the circuit’s noise limits and this morning I learn that at least one car has been forced to retire as a result.