BMW team win at Silverstone

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THE Marc VDS BMW team celebrated victory at Silverstone on Sunday when their BMW Z4 GT3 driven by Markus Palttala, Bas Leinders and Maxime Martin won the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in awful conditions.

Organisers made the decision to start the race under the control of the safety car as surface water on the track caused concern.

Once the starting drivers had become used to the track conditions racing was allowed to start and for three hours Europe’s finest GT drivers battled around the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

The Marc VDS team’s victory was their second of 2012 and the winning BMW finished ahead of two Audi R8 LMS Ultra cars.

Second car across the finish line was driven by Andrea Piccini, Laurens Van thoor and Edward Sandstroem with Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies and Stephane Ortelli third.

Whitfield’s Rob Barff was in the race driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

The former GT race winner led the attack for the Von Ryan Racing team and shared driving duties with Jordan Groger and Leon Price.

Small technical problems through practise didn’t leave the team in a good position for the race start and, at the fall of the flag, the trio were in 46th position.

Barff said: “It is always really good to race at Silverstone but today’s heavy rain made it very difficult and really this wasn’t the result we had been hoping for.”

Brackley’s T-Sport will be in action at Rockingham this weekend when the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series continues at the Northants track.

Nick McBride will drive the team’s Dallara-Nissan car and Spike Goddard will race a Dallara-Mugen in three races held at the part-oval track in Corby.