Scuderia Ecosse will head home from France with the feeling of a job well done after securing a one-two finish in the second round of the British GT championship at Magny-Cours.

Running as part of the FIA GT championship race, Andrew Kirkaldy and Nathan Kinch made it two wins from two in the 2005 season, securing an impressive overall GT2 podium finish in the process.

"It is looking really good in terms of the title, because we had two wins in two races now," Kinch said afterwards. "It's obviously important to get points at the start of the Championship. The race was good for us. Andrew [Kirkaldy] started from pole position and gave me the car in the lead, and we made a great call in the safety car period. It was just a case of getting my head down and building up a lead."

Behind the lead Ferrari, Tim Mullen and Chris Niarchos in the sister car improved by a place on their Donington Park finish by securing second - setting the fastest British GT lap in the process - while Mike Jordan and Michael Caine moved through the field to take the final podium place in the Eurotech Porsche.

However Caine was disappointed not to have been able to take the fight to the Scuderia Ecosse cars.

"I'm not exactly pleased with the result, but it was probably the best we were going to be able to do this weekend - the Ferraris were just too quick for us," he said. "Maybe Knockhill will be a bit better for the Porsche. Mike had a tremendous race. The TVR was two seconds behind us when we came out of the pits, and for around 45 minutes it was nose-to-tail. He was brilliant out there! But Team Eurotech does not want to play the bridesmaid, so hopefully at Knockhill we can take it to them."

Lawrence Tomlinson and Johnny Kane finished the race as the lead TVR in fourth place, with Donington runners-up Warren Hughes and Patrick Pearce in the sister car having to settle for fifth after Hughes suffered a puncture.

"About ten minutes into the third stint, after I took the car over from Patrick I got a right rear puncture," he said. "I didn't have any warning, I just braked for the Adelaide hairpin and had no brakes or power at all, because of the puncture. It's a shame, as third position was ours without a doubt. We certainly didn't have the pace of the Ferrari at all today, and the car wasn't as good as in qualifying. Third place would have been very good; I think that would have been as good as possible today."

The Jones/Jones Porsche and the Vauxhall Monaro of Ryan Hooker and Matt Griffin completed the British runners to make it to the finish with the Ian Khan Porsche and the RJN Nissan both forced to retire.

"Our pace was quicker than the Porsches, but then we had to pit and change the drive shaft, which cost us 15 laps," Bentwood said after the retirement of the 350Z. "The boys did really well to get it fixed and get me out again. Unfortunately, the same thing happened another 20 laps later. I had a misfire and the cockpit filled with smoke. It was a real shame, because we set good times in the warm up session with full tanks, so that was pleasing. I am very disappointed but there was nothing we could do."

Unfortunately for Neil Cunningham and Ben Collins, the engine problems which prevented the Embassy Porsche taking part in second qualifying on Saturday also prevented the team from taking the start of the race.

"It is a great disappointment," team boss Jonathan France admitted. "We will be doing all we can to make up for it at Knockhill in three weeks."


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment