MONDAY 18 OCTOBER 2010
SIMONSEN SHINES BRIGHTEST AT DONINGTON BGT SEASON FINALE
It had been a spasmodic year for Allan Simonsen in British GT with his commitment to Hankook Farnbacher racing and the Le Mans Series.

Date clashes meant he was never totally in the title hunt but he and Hector Lester finished the season on the top podium step at Donington Park, last weekend.

With the Rosso Verde/Santander Ferrari 430GT3 Scuderia well and truly repaired after the untimely and early exit at Brands Hatch, Allan Simonsen and his regular British GT co-driver were looking to conclude the topsy turvy season on a high.

And that they did, squashing the opposition with their best drive of the season to grab the silverware and send a strong message to the opposition, that come 2011, we'll be hard to beat.

The nature of BGT and the success ballast played into their hands, with no penalty being applied at Donington, as a result of the Brands Hatch DNF.

Clearly, their lead mechanic, John, had left no stone unturned with the major repair and that showed immediately by topping the time sheets in the first 1 hour practice session.


The best qualifying effort of the year

Only a few tweaks were need for the second session but suddenly the heavans opened up and the track became wet – there was little point of heading on tracks, so they pair sat P2 out.

It wasn't long before Allan topped the charts in qualifying, taking pole for the 2 hour enduro. It was all however going to go south quite rapidly!



Hector was the nominated start driver. The track was still damp. Getting an ok start Hector was tagged from behind at Fogarty Esses and spun off the track. There was rear damage to the almost brand new/rebuilt Ferrari, already! By the time he was back on track, a lap had been lost.

Next, a prolonged saftey car (20min) caused the pack to bunch up, but Hector was a lap down. After the restart, he pitted (50min mark) to let Allan in, but was now 90 seconds down.

It can only be described as 'Classic Allan style' from there until the end as he reeled off lap records. With 15 minutes to go he hit the lead but fuel was becoming an issue.

But the opposition was crushed and as the team headed into winter, the glow of taking the grand final was keeping them warm inside.

Many thanks to all at Rosso Verde and the team at SRO for putting the championship together.

So is that the end of racing for 2010? Probably not!

Suddenly there is a call from Eddie Irvine - ?Hey Allan can you come over to Ireland for a chartity kart race?

Sure, Eddie. See you next weekend...