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Brands Hatch season closes with thrilling night race finish

Monday, November 14 2016

A busy season of racing at Brands Hatch ended on Sunday (13 November) with a thrilling dash to victory taken by the Mosler of Manuel Cintrano and Javier Morcillo in the Britcar 'Into the Night' endurance race.

The headline race began in the mid-afternoon light with a dramatic spin on the warm-up lap for the pole-sitting Audi R8 of Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore. The crew had to fight from the back of the field and a strong effort, combined with clever strategy and a couple of safety car periods, brought them back into contention for the race.

After three hours of racing and in the early evening darkness, the Mosler and Audi crews were separated by less than a second as the action came to an exciting climax. The R8 looked set to steal the victory that had looked a certainty after claiming pole by almost half a second earlier in the day, but in the end the Mosler won by a similar margin.

Britcar1The race also included a round of the Britcar GT and Production class, which joined the action for the opening hour. This was won by the Ferrari 458 Challenge of Peter Rowbottom, whilst Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem won Saturday's 50-minute night race for the category from pole position. Mowlem's victory comes at the end of the international sportscar ace's final season as a professional racing driver.

There were also four Ginetta Junior races, which made up the category's Winter Series. Two wins and two second places gave Sebastian Priaulx the title. This capped an encouraging first season in car racing for the son of triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx.

Britcar2The season-closing event also included a full supporting programme featuring the Champion of Brands series for Formula Fords, MSVT Trackday Trophy and Trackdya Championship, and the MSVR Allcomers.

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