Britcar is an endurance sports car racing and touring car racing series in the United Kingdom.

Britcar
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CategoryEndurance
CountryUnited Kingdom
Inaugural season2005
DriversVaries
TeamsVaries
Official website[1]

It was formed in 1997, as a result of a discussion in a Nürburgring bar between Willie Moore and James Tucker. Folklore has it that James Tucker and John Veness formed the organizing European Endurance & Racing Club (EERC) with a £10 note found on the ground. The foremost aim was the re-introduction of a 24-Hour Race in Britain.

At the end of the 2015 season, James sold the Britcar rights to Hedley Cowell Events Ltd. For the 2016 season, Claire Hedley re-launched Britcar Endurance as the Dunlop Endurance Championship and Dunlop Production Championship. Such was the interest in the run up to the 2016 Autosport International show they also launched a separate short series of races for Prototype and CN category cars. The Production championship was expanded after the first round to allow GT-specification cars to compete, thus becoming the Dunlop GT & Production Championship.

Cars and resultsEdit

There are two separate championships for different types of car; although some cars can run in both, they may be in different categories.

GT's, which include cars like Ferraris, Porsche Cup, Marcos, Moslers and Ginettas over a long-distance race, normally between 2 and 4 hours in length with a compulsory pit stop. Normally cars will have 2 or 3 drivers, but cars are sometimes driven by one driver, are given a longer time in the pits.

Production, which include cars like Renault Clio Cup, Seat Leon Supercopa, VW Golf, Porsche Boxster, BMW M3s, Lotus Elise and Mini Cooper S. These races are normally 90 minutes long, featuring a mandatory pit stop. There can be up to 2 drivers per car.

Drivers normally bring their own cars to Britcar events, where most cars are accepted if safe to race. Cars are assigned to different classes depending on the car, the car's equipment and other fittings the vehicle has.

The Praga R1T (left), a Class 1 car. A Saker RAPX (middle), a Class 2 car. A Ginetta G55 Supercup (right), a Class 3 car.
A CUPRA León TCR (left), a Class 4 car. A Smart Forfour and BMW Z3, two Class 5 cars (right).

Cars & classesEdit

Cars that competed in the Britcar Endurance Championship from 2016 onwards.

Class Make Model Type Years
1   Ferrari 488 Challenge Cup 2018
458 GTE 2017
  Arrinera Hussarya GT3 2017
  Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2017
  Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2016
  BMW Z4 2016, 2019
  Ferrari 458 2016-2018
488 2018
  Lamborghini Gallardo 2016
Huracán 2016, 2019
  MacG Taranis 2016-2020
  McLaren MP4-12C 2016
650S 2019
  Mercedes-AMG AMG 2017-2019
  Mosler MT900 2016-2018
  Radical RXC 2017
  Renault RS-01 2016
  Brabham BT62 Hypercar 2019-2020
  Saker RAPX SP 2018-2019
  Praga R1T Supercar 2019-2020
R1S 2019-2020
2   Ferrari 360 Challenge Cup 2016
458 Challenge 2016-2018
488 Challenge 2018-2019
  Ginetta G55 Supercup 2019
  Porsche 997 GT3 2016-2018
991 GT3 2017-2018
911 RSR GT2 2016, 2018
  McLaren 570S GT4 2019
  Volvo S60 Silhouette 2018
  Saker RAPX SP 2017-2019
  BMW 1M E82 Touring 2016-2019
3   Ferrari 360 Challenge Cup 2017
  Ginetta G55 Supercup 2019
  Porsche 997 2019
991 GT3 2019
997 GT3 2019
  Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 2016-2018
  BMW M3 E92 2017
M3 GT4 2018
  Chevron GR8 2016
  Ginetta G55 2016-2018
  KTM X-Bow 2017-2018
  Lotus Europa S 2016
  McLaren 570S 2018
  Porsche Cayman Clubsport 2017-2018
4   Ginetta G50 Cup 2016-2019
  Porsche 997 2019
  Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 2019-2020
  BMW M3 E92 2017-2018
  Ginetta G50 2016-2020
  Mercedes-AMG AMG 2018-2019
  Porsche Cayman Clubsport 2019
  Audi A4 NGTC 2018
  Toyota Avensis 2017-2018
  Alfa Romeo 156 T Production 2019
  Holden Monaro 2017
  Honda Civic Type R (FK8) 2018
  Audi RS3 LMS TCR 2017-2018
  CUPRA León 2017-2020
  Opel Astra 2018
  Peugeot 308 Racing Cup 2019
  SEAT León 2017-2019
  Volkswagen Golf GTI 2018-2019
  BMW 1M E82 Touring car 2019
M3 E36 2016-2019
M3 E46 2016-2019
M3 E46 GTR 2016-2017, 2019
5   Mini JCW Challenge R56 Cup 2016-2017, 2019
  Ginetta G40 2016-2017
  Porsche Boxster 2016
  Volkswagen Golf Mk5 2017-2018
Scirocco 2018
CC NGTC 2017
  Alfa Romeo 156 T Production 2017, 2019
  BMW Z4 2019
  Ford Focus 2017-2018
  Honda Civic Type R (FK2) 2016-2017
Civic Type R (FK8) 2018
Civic Type R (EP3) 2019
Civic (FK/FN) 2019
  Smart Forfour 2017-2019

Drivers and teamsEdit

Britcar's driver list is long and has seen young drivers such as Moh Ritson (16) to veterans like David Mason (80). Many well-known faces in other championships have competed in Britcar, such as ex-BTCC driver Mat Jackson; Ginetta G50 & Junior champion Nigel Moore; endurance racer Johnny Mowlem; Clio Cup UK runner-up Max Coates; professional BMW driver Kevin Clarke are only a few. The series has also helped form drivers who debuted in Britcar; Phil Hanson, who won his first full year of motor racing in cars, who would later become an ALMS champion; 2018 Endurance champion and W-Series driver Sarah Moore.

Ex-BTCC drivers Martin Byford and Stewart Lines have both found success in Britcar after their Touring Car ventures. Byford won the Endurance Championship in 2012 in a Lotus Evora, currently driving a CUPRA León TCR, as is Stewart Lines who also runs a CUPRA with his team Maximum Motorsport at selected events alongside running the Touring Car Trophy. Four-time BS/TCC champion Andy Rouse won the 2003 championship with his son Julian in an ex-DTM Mercedes 190.

Ex-Formula One driver Mike Wilds won the 2008 Britcar Production Cup with his son Anthony in a BMW M3.

Team BRIT, a team made almost entirely out of people with disabilities, entered the championship in 2019 with an Aston Martin Vantage. They will contest the Endurance Championship using the same car and the Trophy Championship running three BMW 116s.

Tockwith Motorsports, the 2016 and 2018 Endurance Champions, have participated in the championship since 2016 running mostly Ginetta G50s.

Many father-and-son teams also participate in Britcar actively.

2020 SeasonEdit

For 2020, Britcar have devised a new series called the Britcar Trophy Category for cars under Class 4 performance; TCR and GT4 cars, for classes 5-7, of which the majority is made up of production cars, a few examples being the Smart Forfour, Mini JCW R56 and the Honda Civic Type R (FK2) which are common contenders in Class 5. Some Trophy Category events will run alongside Endurance events but will also head their own events too.

Britcar will run as a support event for the 2020 round of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, with two non-championship races consisting of Endurance and Trophy cars, which will also be open to non-Britcar cars fitting class 1-7 specifications.[1] The 2020 championship will also support the opening round of the 2020-21 FIA World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone.

As a series popular for its diversity in teams, cars and drivers that had regained the attention it lost before its reformation, Britcar were invited to support two WEC rounds, at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone. It will not be Britcar's first visit abroad as it has raced at Spa-Francorchamps multiple times. Britcar stated "we are immensely proud that our endeavours to produce a professionally-run nationally-based Championship have been recognised by organisers of one of the biggest Championships in global motorsport."[1]

WinnersEdit

Overall winner in each category, 2002 - 2019.

Year Series Driver 1 Driver 2 Driver 3 Team Car
2002 Britcar Series Paul Bates BMW M3 E30
2003 Britcar Series Andy Rouse Julian Rouse RouseSport Mercedes 190 DTM
2004 Britcar Series John Hammersley Andrew Dunlop Mark Hammersley GTS Motorsport BMW M3
2005 Britcar Series Harry Handkammer David Leslie GTS Motorsport BMW M3
2006 Britcar Series Calum Lockie Bo McCormick Hargreaves Motorsport Ferrari 360
2007 Britcar GT Steve Bell Simon Leith Geoff Steel Racing BMW M3
2007 Production S1 Mike Gardiner Paul Fenton Moore Racing BMW M3
2007 Britsports Edward Lovett J C Harris Lovett Sporting Norma M20
2008 Britcar GT Jan Persson Rod Barrett Jay Shepherd Neil Garner Racing Porsche 997
2008 Production Cup Ian Lawson Mike Wilds Anthony Wilds ING Sport BMW 320i
2009 GT Witt Gamski Keith Robinson MJC Ferrari 430
2009 Production Kevin Clarke Wayne Gibson Intersport BMW M3
2010 GT Witt Gamski Keith Robinson MJC Ferrari 430
2010 Production Richard Adams David Green Bullrun SEAT Cupra
2011 GT Craig Wilkins Aaron Scott GT3 Racing with KJ &TG Dodge Viper
2011 Production GTN Alex Osbourne James May APO Sport SEAT Leon
2012 MSA British Endurance Richard Adams David Green Martin Byford Bullrun Lotus Evora
2012 Production Cup Edward Cockill Harry Cockill Daniels Motorsport SEAT Leon
2013 MSA British Endurance Ian Loggie Chris Jones Team Parker Racing Porsche 997
2014 Endurance David Mason Calum Lockie ff Corse Ferrari 458
2015 Endurance David Mason Calum Lockie ff Corse Ferrari 458
2016 Dunlop Endurance Nigel Moore Phil Hanson Tockwith Motorsport Audi R8 LMS
2016 Dunlop GT Chris Murphy Jonathan Cocker Whitebridge Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4
2016 Dunlop Production Mike Moss Tom Howard Kevin Clarke Moss Motorsport BMW M3 E46
2017 Dunlop Endurance Witt Gamski Ross Wylie Joe Macari MJC Furlonger Ferrari 458 GTE
2017 Dunlop Sprint Rick Nevinson Brad Nevinson Sean Cooper Track Focused Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4
2018 Dunlop Endurance Sarah Moore Matt Greenwood Tockwith Motorsport Ginetta G50 GT4
2018 Dunlop Sprint Jon Watt Kristian Prosser Moss Motorsport BMW M3 E46
2019 Dunlop Endurance Paul Bailey Andy Schulz SB Race Engineering Ferrari 488 Challenge

HistoryEdit

The successful first year of competition was in 2002, and following tremendous growth in 2003, it attracted Sky Sports coverage in their Motor Sports section in 2004. The first year of the Britcar 24-Hour Race was 2005 which was won by Rollcentre Mosler of Martin Short.[2] This was followed by packed grids in 2006 season culminating in a capacity field for the 24-Hours.[3] EERC became a Motor Sports Association (MSA) approved Championship in 2007 as well being the now essential 24 hours. It played a supporting role to the British round of the A1 Grand Prix.

In 2011 it became known as the MSA British Endurance championship.

Such was its popularity in some seasons that over-subscription meant there are reserves waiting for grid positions.

For the 2017 season, the format was changed. Drivers in all races would now accrue points towards the Dunlop Endurance Championship but drivers could choose to do two 50-minute races under the Sprint category, or one 50-minute and one 2-hour race in the Endurance category. Grids were combined and most events were to take place over a single day to save costs. The night race proved so popular in 2016 that a second night race was introduced, to run at Silverstone earlier in the same month.

For the 2019 season the format was changed again, merging Endurance and Sprint categories into a single grid for two 60-minute races per weekend, finishing the season with a single 60- and a single 120-minute night race at Brands Hatch.

Silverstone Britcar 24-HourEdit

Britcar traditionally hosted an endurance race on the Silverstone GP circuit.

The presenters of the well-known British car show Top Gear, namely Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - together with 'The Stig' - took part in the 2007 event, in a BMW 330d, coming third of the five diesel cars, and 39th overall, at the end of the 24 Hours.[4]

At the end of the 2015 season, the rights for the Silverstone 24 hour endurance race were sold to Creventic to become the UK edition of their FIA "touring car" Endurance Series - although this round was then dropped in 2019.

For this event's history, see Silverstone Britcar 24-Hour

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wood, Steve. "Britcar Supports FIA WEC at Spa 2020". Britcar Endurance. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  2. ^ "24hr_ August 05". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
  3. ^ IMI: The Institute of the Motor Industry Information > Britcar 24 hours of Silverstone Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=eerc/2007/73663.pdf Britcar 24hr results 2007

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