Sean Edwards made a rare appearance in British GT again. Piers Maserati wanted him to produce some data for their new drivers and set a base time. Sean was comfortably faster, around 9 tenths faster than Ed Morris and 1.3 seconds faster than James Littlejohn, round the short Silverstone National track.
“It was nice to get back in a cup car again, but it felt like a boat compared to the RSR! I am just here helping out Tech9 and their new drivers. I set a decent enough time in 4 laps, as I have never done this configuration in a Porsche.” Said Sean.
Sean Edwards is in talks with Tech9, Trackspeed, RPM and Motorbase to run in the British GT championship in 2006. If a deal comes off he will be running the now dominant Porsche 996 GT3 cup car. They look to make a decision on what series/team they are going to driver for at the end of December/ beginning of January. Edwards said “2 teams stand out, it’s now all about which team can find the best co driver for me, so we can win the championship”
The 2nd race was at 1.30 on Sunday, it was bone dry and Warburton started the race. It was going to be hard for the duo to make their way up the field after the bad qualifying. The team had a good strategy for the race, but it depended on how fast Warburton could get passed everyone! Both cars had been repaired from last night’s incident, as the team worked all through the night, they did a great job!
Steve started the race and did a good job getting from 8th to 6th before handing over to me, I jumped in and 1st gear would not select, eventually after a while I pulled away in 2nd after loosing numerous amount of seconds. I then started pushing really hard, trying too make the positions back up.
I gained rapidly and picked of the positions one by one, I made it up to 4th with 10 min to go. Disaster almost struck as the Vauxhall Monaro was stationary on the apex of beckets and I had to take avoiding action at 150mph onto the grass! Luckily I escaped with only lost time.
I was pushing as hard as I could go in the last 10 min and made it all the way up to 2nd in the INV class! It was a good results considering where we had started and to be honest I was glad to finish the race after being taken out of the last two!
We are looking too next season now and there are several different options open at the moment, but we will have too see how it goes over the winter. We will try to raise the budget to do a full season of GT racing and go out with the sole aim of winning the championship.
The first race of the day was at 4.30 and like the team had predicted it stared pissing it down with rain. Edwards was starting the race and he had never driven a Porsche in the wet! The team sounded confident of their speed in the wet and it was up to the drivers to stay on the track and get a good result! This later proved hard as both cars got taken out. Edwards’s team-mate Al Mortimer got hit by a Ferrari and both cars smashed into Edwards!
We started 3rd on the grid and it was pissing it down with rain! On the start I overtook the Ashburn Porsche for 2nd place, and then later on the lap I got past the Quaife Porsche to get into the lead.
I then lead for the next 4 laps with Al Mortimer (my team-mate) right behind me. Then he got overtaken by a Ferrari, I was struggling for grip and just trying not to go off, which was very close sometimes! I kept my head and stayed in lead, despite the best efforts of the Ferrari to get past.
Then on lap 6 going down to the farm hairpin Al Mortimer went for a big lunge down the inside of the Ferrari of Smyth, but Smyth cut across him and they both made contact. I was turning into the apex of Farm hairpin and all of a sudden both cars smashed into me! They had both lost control and taken all 3 of us out of the race. All 3 of us limped back to the pits into immediate retirement.
I was really annoyed as this was the 2nd time in 2 weeks that I had been taken out of the lead! Anyway I am looking forward to tomorrow’s race, but the team have a lot of work to get both cars ready for tomorrow
This week Edwards/Warburton are at the Silverstone International track, Edwards said “testing went well and we ended up 2nd in class”. Nothing major to report for the duo as everything went smoothly.
First Qualifying went really well with Edwards sticking it on pole and 3rd overall in GT3, they had high hopes for the race as it looked like it was going to rain later on!
The second Qualifying Warburton took over, but unfortunately he could only manage 8th because on his new tyre lap he got held up by a slower car. Edwards said “This was very unfortunate as it’s going to be hard to get up the front from here, but im sure we can do something form here tomorrow!”