Brit GT » 30 September 2001
Wins for Warnock/Jordan and Franchitti/Burt.
David Warnock and Mike Jordan took a commanding win in the final round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship round at Silverstone in a spectacular night race (Saturday 29 September).
In the GTO, Kelvin Burt and Marino Franchitti took another victory, but only after an electrical problem sidelined the challenge from the TVR Tuscan R of Martin Short and Rob Barff.
The Stealth B6 of Nigel Greensall and Mark Pashley clinched pole position for the final round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Silverstone.
The new car set the pace in qualifying on Friday night ahead of the spectacular night race. Second fastest was the Lister Storm of Mike Jordan and David Warnock. In GTO, the Porsche of Kelvin Burt and Marino Franchitti again set the pace, with the TVR Tuscan R of Martin Short/Rob Barff close behind.
There was a superb atmosphere as the cars headed out for two qualifying sessions on Friday, the first in rapidly failing light and the second in full darkness. For many drivers, it was their first experience of competitive driving at night.
In the first session, Greensall set a scorching pace to head the times, but that was later disallowed after the car was adjudged to have a technical infringement regarding the front wing settings. ''I was determined to go out and do it again,'' said Greensall, who promptly went out in the later session and put the car back onto pole position. ''I love racing in the dark,'' said Greensall.
Jordan put the Lister into second slot, but third fastest was enough to clinch the GT Teams' Trophy for Hayles Racing. Tim Harvey had to push hard in the second session to get the Viper into third slot, which gave them the team trophy by just two points from the Lister.
Fourth fastest was the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Michael Caine and series returnee Ian McKellar, while the Chamberlain Motorsport Chrysler Viper moved into fifth in the hands of Stephen Watson and Xavier Pompidou. Despite missing most of the test sessions due to an electrical problem, they went strongly in second qualifying to make it five GT cars covered by just seven tenths of a second.
Despite a couple of scary moments with slower cars in the darkness, the Burt/Franchitti Porsche continued its pace-setting form in GTO, with a relaxed Short second fastest in the Tuscan. Matt Turner/Ed Horner (Porsche) and Curtis Hayles/Stephen Day (Chrysler Viper) were well in contention in third and fourth.
Race: 40 laps:
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