VRS Motor Finance race report for Silverstone 11-12th August 2007
The VRS Motor Finance Ferrari F430 GT3 was setting good times as the team worked on the set-up for the two hour race this weekend with both Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton setting front running times.
For the single half hour Qualifying session Adam would start first and set a time 1:24.491 on his first run on new tyres, but suffered traffic on his second set of tyres, even so his first time was good enough to give the VRS Motor Finance team it's second Pole Position of the season.
Phil Burton would take the start of the two hour race from the Pole Position time from Qualifying, and as the lights went green lost out to a fast moving Lamborghini Gallardo of Adam Jones and the CIM Ferrari 430 of Hector Lestor who both got incredible starts, the next two cars behind were both going well on the fresh tyres and the Ascari and Porsche were able to fight their way past Phil who dropped to 6th place, as his stint progressed Phil and all the cars started to lose the grip from the tyres Phil was able to get himself back up the order and overtook the Ascari and then the CIM Ferrari F430 of Hector Lestor and started to pull a gap from them, before the teams pit window opened and Phil came into pit to change fuel and drivers and was now upto 4th place.
The VRS Motor Finance team worked very swiftly refueling and Adam climbed on-board the Ferrari all well within the pit stop window with several seconds to spare.
Adam re-joined the circuit in 4th place and was able to fight his way into the lead, and pull out a 20 second gap until the tyres on the VRS Ferrari were well past their best and the CIM Ferrari of Tim Mullen ( who had pitted and fitted new rears ) was started to close the gap over the course of the next 40 minutes.. with only a hand full of laps left Tim Mullen was able to easily overtake Adam and take the top spot on the Podium as Adam's tyres were shot and he also had a gear selection problem leaving the VRS Motor Finance Ferrari with no 2nd gear.
" Phil was really struggling with the tyres, and we had no second gear due to a fault with the gearbox, so he did really well to hang onto 4th place at that time in the race, when I went out the tyres were gone, but not too bad, but after about 20 minutes they were over and it was a case of keeping the car on the track, Tim had fitted new rears to the CIM Ferrari so it was no competition really he was easily quicker and able to get by me, in hindsight we too should have changed the tyres but it was a risk that nearly paid off, we know for next time ! All things considered a great weekend, Pole Position and a well earned 2nd place, we only have one step of the podium to go now! " Commented Adam.