The latest race report from Sarah Bennett-Baggs and the Adrian Flux sponsored E46 M3.
Last weekend was the penultimate round of the Britcar GTN Championship, where SBB and teammate Jensen Lunn were hoping to put the mechanical problems of Castle Combe behind them. With that in mind they arrived in Norfolk on Friday to give the car a thorough shake-down and by Saturday’s qualifying session, the car was running well, although both drivers reported it to be down on power compared to normal. The car qualified 5th in class, to start 19th out of 33.
With the Championship still in the balance, it was essential to Sarah and Jensen to score good points if they were going to put pressure on Simon Phillips and Chris Randall, eight points clear in their Lotus Elise.
At 12.25 on Sunday, the two hour race began, but Sarah’s first session was disrupted by several safety car incidents which prevented her from making up ground, but by the time she pitted to hand over to Jensen, she had maintained position and the competitors in her class were still in sight. Jensen put in a flawless performance and made up a large number of places to bring the car home 12th overall and fifth in their class.
Sarah says “I think both Jensen and I are both a little disappointed, we have both been driving our socks off this weekend, but for some unknown reason we were not as competitive as we normally are, either we have lost some power or everyone else in our class has stepped up their game, I don’t think either of us could have done anything more – it was a faultless drive, we have both been pushing hard all weekend and both stayed out of trouble and on the track. What more can I say, its a shame we couldn’t do any more.”