Last Saturday in glorious sunshine Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship racers kicked off the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge with their first round at Silverstone.
Last year's third place Challenge runner up Javier Morcillo missed out on the chance to race at Daytona after poor luck and reliability issues throughout the season. Morcillo is back for a second season with team mate Manuel Cintrano after merging with Strata 21's Paul White and is now at the top of the Challenge standings.
The Strata 21 Mosler made good progress and lead the way for first half of the 3-hour race, however a pit stop penalty for speeding in the pit lane almost gave victory to the Millard/Heward Rapier SR2 who then took the lead by 8 seconds until electrical problems haltered their race. The Rapier cut out with Millard behind the wheel and was bought back to the pits where it mysteriously repaired itself and Millard was sent back out. The flat-six.co.uk Rapier had lost 12 laps on the Mosler meaning the win was out of reach but the duo went on to finish third in Class One.
Javier has shot straight to the top of the leader board after scoring points for the race win and crucially the extra points awarded for pole position. With only being 4 cars in Class One only 40% of points can be awarded and in Class Two there were 5 cars so 50% of points were awarded - thus meaning the top 5 standings are extremely tight.
"There will be more cars in Class One at the next round so fingers crossed I can get more points," commented Javier. "It's great to be leading but in reality it's going to be a nightmare! I'm going to be going crazy looking at the points all season and seeing how the other guys are doing. It is going to be my main aim to win and get the extra points for fastest lap and pole position. Since going to Daytona and watching Felipe it is something I think about every single day - it's going to be a long year!"
The Top 5 point scorers are to the right but with the SPEED EuroSeries guys still to race in their opening round this weekend and with more entrants expected at Britcar's next round at Donington, it could all change very soon!