Sunday, March 29, 2015

Britcar: Class podium for Simpson Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ultra at Silverstone

By Johan Laubscher 

Britcar was at Silverstone this weekend for its opening round of 2015. The grid for the MSA British MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship included two Audi race cars.

Simpson Motorsport entered its Audi R8 LMS ultra, a car that is for sale at the moment, in Class 1. The #30 Audi was driven by Peter Cook and Frank Pelle, the same duo who drove this car in the championship during 2014. This Audi R8 LMS ultra is fitted with a mixture of 2012 and 2013 specification aerodynamic components.

Backdraft Motorsport debuted its white Audi S3 with Nick Jarvis behind the wheel this weekend.

The Silverstone National track layout was used. Qualifying saw Simpson Motorsport taking an overall front-row starting position, second overall and on pole in class.

Two 90-minute races were run on Saturday. The Simpson Motorsport squad unfortunately dropped back with damage during the first race, but soldiered on to finish twelfth overall, thirty-one laps down on the race winners. They were classified as second in class.

The second race faired much better for the #30 Simpson Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ultra with Peter Cook and Frank Pelle piloting the car to fourth place overall, third in class.

The Audi S3 of Nick Jarvis was qualified in sixteenth place and unfortunately retired on lap fifty of the first race and did not take part in race two.

Round two of Britcar will be taking place at Zandvoort from 20-21 June.

Photo credit: 
Audi Communications - Motorsport / Stevie Borowik Photography
Backdraft Motorsport