Weekend in Review: 12-13 March 2022
Last weekend marked an exciting start to a new era in national endurance motorsport as Lee Frost and Lucky Khera kicked off the British Endurance Championship season with victory at Silverstone.
Sportscars also took center stage internationally, with Sebring hosting the official Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Here’s a look back at the action, plus a round-up from the Malcolm Wilson Stages Rally:
British Endurance Championship – Silverstone, UK
Silverstone marked the beginning of a new chapter for endurance racing in the UK, and the newly re-branded Motorsport UK British Endurance Championship did not disappoint.
Eventual winners Lee Frost and Lucky Khera lay down an early marker for the rest of the field, seizing the lead at the start of the race and leading the entire first stint, save for six laps when their Lamborghini Huracan GT3 came in to pit, conceding top spot to Peter Erceg’s Porsche 991.
Their dominance continued throughout the rest of the three-hour contest, the pair eventually taking the chequered flag a lap clear of Gleb Stepanovs and Steve Tomkins’ Aston Martin Vulcan.
Claude Bovet and David McDonald (Lamborghini) took the Class B honours, with Marcus Clutton and Erceg similarly victorious in Class C. Team BRIT’s Aston Martin pairing of Andy Tucker and Luke Pound benefited from a 42-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane for T7 Sport’s Aston Martin to inherit the Class D win. Ash Woodman and Martin Byford’s Class E-winning CUPRA TCR and the Porsche 997 of Class F winners Mark and Jake McAleer round out the victors after a frenetic start to the new campaign.
A full report and more information can be found on the British Endurance Championship website at https://www.british-endurance-championship.com/
FIA World Endurance Championship – Sebring, USA
WRT kicked off the defence of their LMP2 crown on the front foot with the fastest time at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Prologue in Sebring, USA last weekend.
Ferdinand Habsburg set the benchmark time across the four sessions of running, clocking a 1m48.089s around the 3.74-mile circuit to put the #41 ORECA-Gibson he shares with Norman Nato and Rui Andrade top of the timesheets.
And it proved to be the perfect start with the sister #31 car in the hands of Rene Rast, Sean Gelael and Robin Frijns taking second spot, just three tenths shy of Habsburg’s benchmark.
LMP2 cars set the pace in three of the four sessions stateside, the exception being Saturday morning’s opener, when Toyota’s LMH entry of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez notched the quickest time.
A full report and more information can be found on the FIA World Endurance Championship website: https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/12
Malcolm Wilson Stages Rally
Stephen Petch and Michael Wilkinson made the perfect start to the English Rally Championship with victory in the Malcolm Wilson Stages Rally.
Despite falling seven seconds behind early pace-setters Jock Armstrong and Tom Woodburn’s Skoda Fabia Proto after the first stage, the Ford Fiesta Rally2 pairing fought back and, after a ten-second swing in their favour after SS3, extend their lead to an eventual 16-second winning margin.
Ian Bainbridge and Will Atkins (Skoda Fabia R5) made a late charge to second in SS4, with Armstrong and Woodburn eventually third, just one second clear of fourth-placed Jack Bowen and Perry Gardener (Ford Fiesta R5).