Team BRIT, racing together with dedicated sponsor Giti Tire, closed the 2018 season with a superb class win at the season-ending Birkett Relay.
Racing their VW Fun Cup bugs, Team Brit and the fully liveried GT Radial car finished first place in Class C, posting an exciting 142 laps. The result meant an impressive 14thplace overall, just two laps off the eventual winners.
Organised by the 750 Motor Club, the Birkett Relay is seen as the traditional close to the club racing season. Teams of between four and six drivers, with up to three cars, compete in a unique relay race format with each crew looking to lap the circuit as many times as they can within six hours.
With 68 teams lining-up on the starting grid, it meant a mixture of almost 200 sports and saloon performance motors took part.
The GT Radial car was driven by Martin Gibson, Manager EU Testing Centre & Motorsport UK and Ellis Hadley, senior test engineer at Giti Tire.Team BRIT’s drivers were military veterans Warren McKinlay, Jimmy Hill and Jon-Allan Butterworth, along with civilian driver James Russell.
All three cars ran on Giti GTR2 tyres, which proved their performance across the whole gambit of weather conditions with the first half of the race on a dry track, after which conditions deteriorated into torrential rain with standing water.
Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay said “The Birkett 6hr Relay is always a great way to finish off our season. This year was extra special, as we were joined by Martin and Ellis from Giti Tire, forming a 3-car Fun Cup team.
“With the race starting out dry but very cold, conditions were tricky. Conditions grew even more treacherous, when it started raining.
“It takes an extreme amount of concentration to race in these conditions, a skill all Team BRIT and Giti drivers displayed as we continued to climb up the order. Not only did we finish the race with zero damage to any of our cars, we also brought it home winners in class.”
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