Saturday October 24th saw the Forty40 BMW 1 series competing in the historic Birkett relay race on the iconic Silverstone GP circuit. The race is a 6 hour relay endurance race featuring multiple classes – everything from Citroen C1s to TCR Audi RS3s and Radical sportsters. Slower cars are given a handicap by way of extra laps to offset performance differences. The Birkett is a race anyone can win!
5 Forty40 team drivers (Lochlan Bearman, Julian Kingston-Smith, Lucas Nannetti, Kiefer Del Piero and Dan Read) were joined by guest driver George Taylor to make up our six driver entry. In typically unpredictable weather, Lochlan set the early pace making positions on track despite having the biggest handicap. Julian and Lucas kept the pace up, fighting hard throughout the day, peaking at one stage 15th out of 70 starters.
Heavy rain in the closing stages saw Dan Read go out early on wet tyres (a new experience for the team as we are restricted to control tyres in our normal series) before handing the reigns back to Kiefer to bring the car home.
As a team we demonstrated the improving reliability of the cars, without suffering a single mechanical issue in the 8 hours of near continuous running. Final handicap position was 31st out of 68 finishers, a solid result but one we will look to build on in 2021.