Czech-ered Flag at Croft Circuit
VR Motorsport drive three Praga R1s to pole, then P1, P2 and P4 at first 2020 Britcar Endurance race
- VR Motorsport and Praga Cars celebrated a winning return to racing in the UK on Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th July
- Front-row lock-out in qualifying, two fastest laps, and 1st and 2nd in race two for the two R1T Evo cars; 4th place on debut for the R1S drivers
- Plans in place for next Britcar race at Brands Hatch Saturday 1st August
Praga Cars, the Prague-based manufacturer of the Praga R1T Evo and R1S celebrated a race-winning, pole-setting, fastest lap-securing return to racing with Britcar Endurance Class 1 champions VR Motorsport at Croft Circuit Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.
A front-row lock out for the two R1T Evo’s at the hands of 18 year old Danny Harrison and 20 year old Jack Fabby was supported well by Warren McKinlay/Martyn Compton placing the R1S in 8th on debut in an aero car. A challenging first race for all three cars still resulted in VR Motorsport’s five drivers securing class trophies, a fastest lap for Harrison, and set the scene for a successful race two on Sunday.
McKinlay and Compton started Sunday’s race in 4th – the highest placed R1 from Saturday’s race – with Harrison in 8th and Fabby in 16th. Within two laps the two young turbo-charged drivers were battling for victory in first and second after a stunning three minute blitz through the pack. Harrison – running the full race solo following an injury to his co-driver Jem Hepworth – then led Fabby’s partner Garry Townsend to the chequered flag after a faultless race that also secured him a second fastest lap and Driver of the Day.
The VR Motorsport team and Praga Cars now move on to race two at Brands Hatch for the double-header races on Saturday 1st August where Hepworth is expected to make her Britcar Endurance debut in the R1T Evo “Art Car”.
Vincent Randall, Team Principal, VR Motorsport, said: “After a memorable qualifying session where Danny drove a great final lap to secure pole, we had a challenging first race that really tested the team’s organisation and technical skills. It was great to see all three cars finish and share in Warren and Martyn’s celebrations on the podium. Sunday delivered the results our hard work and commitment deserved and with Jack pushing Danny hard having started towards the back before Garry jumped in his seat to put in some great moves to secure second in his debut in an aero car.”
Mark Harrison, Head of Commercial Operations, Praga Cars, said: “It was great to see such a mix of drivers all have something positive to celebrate. Vincent Randall and his team remained focused and committed and, alongside all five drivers, reinforced our ambitions to win races and set fastest laps, support young drivers, and most importantly enjoy racing.”
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