Lockie clinches class title in Britcar
Calum Lockie and Paul White secured the class one championship title in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship at Snetterton on Sunday (14 August) with a resounding class victory and third overall in White’s Mosler MT900R.The timetable for the race weekend on the Snetterton 300 track included three hours of testing on Friday. “We got the chance to do some serious testing and it was very productive,” said Lockie. “We were able to improve the car. We then had our best qualifying performance so far with third fastest overall, but there was no way we were going to get near the Ferrari 458 GT3 that was on pole.”For Sunday’s three-hour race, Calum took the opening stint and raced for 90 minutes. “The first two cars went away as we expected and I held a nice third and kept working at it,” said Calum. After a couple of laps the Prosport 3000 of Mike Millard came up to challenge, but Calum defended. Then, Millard tried to go around the outside at the Agostini Hairpin and got on to the grass and spun.During Calum’s stint came two safety car periods and during the second one he was able to pit for the 25-litres of fuel allowed by the regulations. Then, having carefully monitored his speed leaving the pit lane, Calum was surprised to be handed a two-lap penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Later, after further investigation, it transpired that the penalty had been awarded in error and was rescinded.At mid-race White took over with a full fuel load and then stopped during another safety car period for a final 25-litre. “Paul drove really well and very smoothly to move back to third place,” said Calum. “The other Mosler retired, but Paul was being caught by Millard over the final laps and then, on the last lap, our car coughed as it ran low on fuel. But Paul kept it all together and we took third overall and first in class.”The result confirms them as class one championship winners with one championship race still remaining. Next on the schedule is the 24-hour race at Silverstone on 1/2 October. “Congratulations are due to the whole team for this success,” said Lockie. “I owe a huge thank you to Paul for the chance to race the Mosler and win this championship. Thanks are also due to Dave Sheard, Steve Scott and the Strata 21 team for a car that has run faultlessly throughout.Trade support for Calum Lockie comes from Dunlop, Grand Prix Racewear, Motul Oil, Porsche Centre Silverstone, Brian James Trailers and Dodo Juice (car care products).