The Britcar Trophy round 2 was held at Snetterton, in Norfolk, and some brake issues didn’t stop Matty Street and his teammate achieving two top 5 finishes.
Here is what Matty said about his race weekend…
Friday testing went well, Snetterton is one of my favourite tracks and I felt at home straight away.
The team had made a few set up changes to the car compared to the previous outing at Silverstone a few weeks ago. It certainly felt great and was a huge step forward.
After my stint in the car my teammate, Andy Tucker, went out for his. Unfortunately, the car suffered a brake issues which meant retiring it for the rest of the day.
Not only was it a big loss of track time for us but it also required a big logistical effort by the team to get some parts overnight to repair the car.
Saturday: Team BRIT on the podium
While our class races on Sunday, Team BRIT also races in the Saturday Britcar Endurance event.
It was great to see Team BRIT drivers, Bobby and Aaron, doing a great job and finishing in P2 & P1 in their races.
Sunday: Race day
Sunday is race day, with Andy Tucker and I racing in the team BMW 240, while Luke Pound is in the BMW 118.
Going into qualifying I was very confident, as I love Snetterton. With new brakes fitted Tucker went out to warm the car up and bed the brakes in.
A few minutes into qualifying we swapped over to me to set the fastest laps. However, on my out lap the car developed a gremlin and this meant I was unable to set any flying laps. As a result we qualified a P6 for race 1 and P30 for race 2.
Race 1 – progress
Our Race 1 the strategy was for me me to start and Tucker to finish. It was a tough race but we managed to finish P5 after a P6 start… progress made.
Race 2 – another audacious start
Starting prom P30 on the grid left us with a challenge but everything to gain. I started once again, with the strategy of getting as far up the grid as possible… we certainly did that!
Thanks to some amazing overtakes and brave moves we managed to make up 19 places in the first lap. We reached P1 with 20mins to go.
Check out some of Matty’s overtaking moves
After the mandatory two minute pit stop and driver change, Andy kept up the battle and brought the car home in P5. With a P30 grid position to make it to the top 5 was a great result.
Write-off to race car
The technical issues are frustrating but everyone at Team BRIT is working hard to get a handle of them.
Our BMW 240i race car is a former write off that the team have rebuilt to create a race car… an awesome write-off to race car project for the team.
Take a look at the video below to see how it came about… it’s an amazing bit of kit and I can’t wait for the next outing.