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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Fluid Motorsport is renowned as one of the leading junior single seater teams in the county and successfully transferred its skills to taste success in its first year contesting a sports car championship.
The team, based in Roudham near East Harling, joined forces with Team Bullrun to contest the MSA British Endurance Championship with a Lotus Evora.
Team Bullrun had previously won the Britcar Production Car title before moving up to contest the longer distance races with the Norfolk-built Evora in which the team had finished third in the Silverstone 24 Hour race in 2011.
Regular racers Richard Adams and David Green were joined to drive the Hethel-built car by former Champion of Snetterton title winner Martin Byford, who contested the second half of the BTCC last year.
The team picked up maximum points in their category in their first race, a three-hour event at Silverstone.
Donington Park followed with the same result, but in the next event at Snetterton, the opposition proved stronger. Byford battled to take third place in class around the extended three-mile Snetterton circuit.
During the race the Evora was caught behind the leader during the second safety car period and therefore lost a lap to their Class 3 rivals but the trio of drivers did manage to work their way back to second in class to the Nick Jarvis/Tommy Field Chevron GR8 which finished in third place.
After a productive test session at Brands Hatch, the venue for the next event, the Lotus proved too quick for the opposition with the team again taking maximum points.
In the next race, at Oulton Park, Byford drove the three-hour event single handed to crush the class opposition and race to overall victory, a lap in front of many more powerful machines.
The series returned to Snetterton for the next round with the Lotus again making the podium on overall pace. The final race was at Donington Park, where the Norfolk squad suffered their only mechanical problem, a cracked throttle body, but only after Byford had completed over half the distance to ensure the team had secured the championship title.
With the problem part replaced the team resumed to finish many laps down on the leaders, but still claimed second place in their category.
• The 2013 Formula One calendar could again stretch to 20 races in the wake of yesterday’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.
With the removal of the Grand Prix of America until 2014, it appeared the calendar would revert back to 19 races following the record 20 this year. However, the WMSC has opted to switch the German GP – which still does not have a venue – from July 14 to July 7. It will now be back to back with the British GP at Silverstone, creating a vacancy for July 21, which “has been reserved for another F1 European event”.