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Home advantage yields a class top-
Customer BMW Motorsport team, Triple Eight Racing, took a ProAm class pole-
After leading the ProAm class for the majority of the race, a late full-
Early morning at the Northamptonshire circuit provided mixed conditions, and Triple Eight’s Team Director, Keith Cheetham decided that emerging British ace, Osborne, the quickest of the three drivers in car #888 would take part in the final session. It was quite a gamble given the changeable weather due to arrive, but it was a decision that paid off when the 26-
This guaranteed a top-
Osborne started the race, and enabled the team to hold an overall top-
Seizing the opportunity of pitting under a full-
It was a decision that paid dividends for the British team. After the first round of the mandatory pit stops were completed, the implications bore fruit as Ratcliffe’s nineteenth place overall (seventh in class) became third overall with a massive eleven place gap to second in the ProAm class. The decision was a masterstroke.
Handing over to Mowle in tenth place overall, Ratcliffe had also managed to hang onto the ProAm class lead. With some 65 minutes left on the clock, Mowle settled into his stint, resuming from the pits in 21st place overall, sixth in ProAm.
No sooner had Mowle completed his first couple of racing laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, and a yellow flag caution period was rolled out to pick up debris on-
Once the results had all shaken up, Mowle was fifth in Pro-
Over the next 40 minutes Mowle tried in vain to stop the Triple Eight Z4 slip down the order, but up against the likes of experienced GT hands, Christophe Bouchut and Franck Perera, and young guns Jerome Mul, Yelmer Buurman and Marko Asmer, our bronze-
Ryan Ratcliffe, Triple Eight Racing Driver:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the race, and was really happy with the team performance this weekend. We came away with a lot better off than we did at Monza. It’s great to also have some good points for the championship and now it’s time to concentrate on Paul Ricard. It’s a circuit that’s relatively new to me, but in this championship its important because there are extra points on offer.”
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