David Mason OBE and Calum Lockie took their second consecutive Britcar title in Donington’s season ending Winter Raceday. Lockie made a good start, in the first of two 90 minute British Endurance Championship races, to slot their FFCorse Ferrari 458 into second behind the leading BMW Z4 of Richard Neary.
Racing had been delayed by torrential morning rain and the circuit was still slippy. Neary, under pressure, went off at the Craner Curves giving the advantage to Lockie who duly brought the car in from the lead to hand over to Mason. Martin Short, in for Neary, soon had the BMW back in the lead and then, as the circuit dried, Mason was also passed by the Johnny Mowlem, in Ivor Dunbar’s Ferrari, and the Audi R8 of Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore. Fourth place was good enough for maximum points for Mason and Lockie as those ahead were in the non-championship invitation class.
Lockie again tucked in behind Neary at the start of race 2, but this time Neary stayed on track to lead through to the mid-race pit stops and Short held on to the lead all the way to the flag. A great recovery drive from Johnny Mowlem brought the other Ferrari through to second place as darkness fell. This was Mowlem’s first visit to Donington Park, since 2001, having carved an international sportscar career that sees him spend much of his time racing in the US.
“Donington has been very kind to me today,” he laughed. “Somebody up there is smiling on me.” Mowlem was lucky that his right rear tyre had not blown, after Dunbar knicked it on the kerbing, before a fuel pump failure set alarms ringing four laps from home. “I backed off and in the end I was just cruising, but I literally ran out of fuel going down the back straight, put it in neutral just coasted across the line.” At the time Mowlem was a lap up on Hanson and Moore and so held on to second place.
David Mason, having his first taste of night racing, took the flag in fourth place for another maximum points haul and that second title. “We are thrilled to bits,” beamed the London art dealer. “Calum was brilliant and today was something special. Today I will particularly remember because of the quality the racing and also it was my first night race, which was something outstanding.”
“I’m absolutely delighted,” added Calum Lockie. “This is my fifth Britcar title, so really chuffed with that,” He also praised car owner and, gentleman-driver, team mate Mason. “David has done an immense job. He keeps his head down, keeps cool, and brings the car home.”
Running alongside the British Endurance races was the touring class races which ended at the 45-minute mark. Jono Brown took both victories in his Chevron GR5 ahead of the Porsche 997 of Peter Challis.
This event also marked the end of an era for Britcar. James Tucker is moving on to a new venture and has now handed control of the series to Claire Hedley who has been at his side throughout the series’ 13 years history. Britcar was created after a discussion Tucker had with racer Willie Moore at the Nurburgring circuit and realised Tucker’s dream of bringing 24 hours racing back to the UK with a race at Silverstone in 2005 (won by today’s race winner Martin Short).