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Martin Short Mosler takes Britcar night victory

Monday, November 15 2010

The Mosler MT900R of Martin Short clinched victory at Brands Hatch's final competitive event this season, the Britcar into the night race, last Saturday (13 November).

After qualifying on pole position, Short maintained the lead from the similar Mosler of McInerney and Keen off the start line. The pair quickly broke away to build a five second advantage over the rest of the field, until the safety car was deployed on lap 23 when Tim Hoods TVR Tuscan went off into the gravel at Druids.

When the race restarted six laps later, McInerney and Keen's hopes for victory were dashed as their Mosler began to slow. After limping back to the pits, the team discovered a misfire and lost 10 laps to their main rivals whilst repairing the problem.

The Mosler's mechanical woes promoted the Hyde family Marcos Mantis into second place, whilst Julian Draper and Andy Barnes moved up to third ahead of the Lotus Elise of Chris Headlam and Jamie Stanley.

As the potential podium placemen pitted for their driver changes, Short posted a series of fastest laps to create a three lap lead over his nearest rival. With 24 minutes remaining, the Cambridgeshire driver made his mandatory stop before rejoining with a comfortable two lap lead to secure a commanding victory.

Behind Short, the Draper and Barnes Ginetta's chances of podium glory faded when they received a two lap penalty for completing a short pit stop, whilst Headlam and Stanley's Lotus retired with a driveshaft problem.

This left the Hyde Marcos Mantis running as high as third position, although they dropped back down the order in the latter stages of the race as Witt Gamski and James Robinson's Ferrari F340 carved its way through the field to secure second.

The Total Control Racing-run Ginetta G50 of British Touring Car driver Alex MacDowall and his father Ray clinched third place on the team's debut endurance race outing.

James and Hollings' Porsche Carrera finished fourth, whilst the Cunningham family's SEAT Leon secured fifth overall and Production Class victory. The Hyde Marcos Mantis eventually took sixth ahead of Javier Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano's Porsche 996 and Gibson and Clarke's BMW M3.

The recovering Ginetta of Draper and Barnes crossed the line in ninth, whilst Gino Ussi's BMW E46 rounded out the top ten.

Chevrolet World Touring Car driver Rob Huff was unable to compete after his Acquila lost a wheel during qualifying.

Britcar into the night race, Brands Hatch, result:
1. Martin Short (Mosler MT900R), 109 laps
2. Gamski/Robinson (Ferrari F430), +2 laps
3. MacDowall/MacDowall (Ginetta G50), +6 laps
4. James/Hollings (Porsche Carrera Cup), +7 laps
5. Cunningham/Cunningham (SEAT Leon Supercopa), +7 laps
6. Hyde/Hyde (Marcos Mantis GT3), +8 laps
7. Morcillo/Cintrano (Porsche 996), +8 laps
8. Gibson/Clarke (BMW M3), +9 laps
9. Draper/Barnes (Ginetta G50), +9 laps
10. Gino Ussi (BMW E46 M3), +9 laps