Jana Pettersson Written by Jana Pettersson

Ragus Team Witness British GT Silverstone Podium

Ecurie Ecosse GT Silverstone 2015

Ragus BMW Z4 GT3 serving a 20 sec ‘success’ penalty.

Ecurie Ecosse powered by Ragus Pure Sugar Energy saw drivers Marco Attard and Alexander Sims extend their Avon Tyres British GT Championship lead after finishing 3rd in the series’ blue riband three hour Silverstone 500 race on Sunday afternoon. It was the legendary Scottish squad’s third consecutive podium finish of the campaign after winning last time out at Rockingham and coming home 3rd at Oulton Park.

After qualifying 3rd in the dry on Saturday, the start of Sunday’s initially sodden race saw Barwell’s team-mate Jon Minshaw enjoy a fierce battle with Attard before a safety car period after half an hour prompted Ecurie Ecosse, along with most of its rivals to pit early and install Alexander Sims. So long was the safety car out, the BMW factory driver was called back in to the pits after just a handful of laps to switch to dry slick tyres and to put Marco Attard back aboard for his second driving stint.

Ragus' Theresa Pereira with Ben Eastick in the pit garage

Ragus’ Theresa Pereira with Ben Eastick in the pit garage.

With teams choosing different tactics the race’s definitive picture did not emerge until Sims climbed behind the wheel for the final time with an hour of the race remaining, and subsequently reeled off the race’s three fastest laps, which helped Sims close in and take 5th place before the afternoon’s second safety car period, caused by the leader crashing his Aston Martin.

Once racing resumed Sims carried out an audacious sweep around the outside of Daniel Lloyd’s Aston Martin at Stowe and along the Vale. There was little time to make further progress thereafter and Sims ultimately finished just 7.1 seconds behind the race winning McLaren, and 2nd place BMW Z4, despite having to serve a 20 second ‘success’ penalty for winning at Rockingham.

A delighted Ragus team of Ben Eastick, Frank O’Kelly and Theresa Pereira were there to witness the action as it unfolded.

Theresa & Ben with Blancpain drivers Oliver Bryant & Alasdair McCaig view the action from the BRDC

Theresa & Ben with Blancpain drivers Oliver Bryant & Alasdair McCaig view the action from the BRDC.

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