SUMO POWER WINS THE RAC TOURIST TROPHY
It was an eventful weekend for Club’s officials at a damp, cold and breezy reconfigured Silverstone with the newly launched Arena circuit in use for the first time. Judging by some positive comments the new layout was generally well received although some drivers naturally found it a little awkward at first.
Sunday was of course the main race day and it began with a flurry of reports from marshals posts ranging from the circuit being flooded to water on some corners. It was a credit to Silverstone’s Jim Reid and his team that Senior Clerk of the Course Bernard Cottrell was able to get the races started on schedule.
The RAC Tourist Trophy was won by the Nissan GT-R of Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes, who originally finished third, but were later awarded victory in the one hour championship race after penalties were handed out to the first two cars over the line.
The Sumo Power teammates had finished behind the Aston Martins of Young Driver pair Darren Turner and Tomas Enge and Hexis Racing's Thomas Accary and Frederic Makowiecki in an eventful second round of the championship.
However, Turner and Enge were excluded by the stewards because the underfloor skid plank on the flat bottom of the car was worn beyond the permitted minimum thickness. The second-placed car of Accary-Makowiecki was then given a 15-second time penalty for not serving a drive through within the required three laps during the race thus promoting the British pair to the top of the podium.
The stewards’ verdicts meant that the Hexis AMR No.9 was still classified second, behind the Sumo Power Nissan GT-R. The Reiter Lamborghini of Jos Menten and Frank Kechele moved up to third.
The BRSCC would like to thank all the officials & marshals for their efforts in making the three day meeting a great success.
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