Fairbrother to make British GT debut in Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes

Yorkshire-based sportscar racer David Fairbrother will make his British GT Championship debut at Donington Park in September in a Mercedes-AMG GT4. He will once again team up with Adam Morgan – who raced with David in the 12 Hours of Imola endurance race earlier this year – in a Ciceley Motorsport entry.

Currently competing in his second season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, successful businessman David sits eighth in the Am standings after missing the first four rounds of the 2018 campaign.

Despite starting his motorsport journey later in life, he has had success in a variety of sportscar racing categories. He is the 2015 GT Cup Group GTB Champion and has raced in the Gulf 12 Hours, Dubai 24 Hours, and 24 Hours of COTA, where he finished in third place last year, in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Morgan first raced with Ciceley Motorsport in 2011 when he won the Ginetta GT4 Supercup and is currently in his seventh year of competition in the British Touring Car Championship, where he has taken seven victories, the most recent of which was at Rockingham at the weekend (August 11/12). The team enters Morgan in a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the BTCC, which has helped it to forge a good relationship with the German manufacturer.

David Fairbrother: “I’ve always enjoyed endurance racing so I’m really looking forward to a new challenge in the British GT Championship as well as getting to grips with a completely different car. It’s another step up from what I’ve raced before but I know my way around Donington Park which will help.”

“There’s a few big 12 and 24-hour races coming up towards the end of this year and it would be incredible to go out there in the Mercedes, so hopefully the weekend is a successful one. I’m no stranger to long stints in the car having been successful in GT Cup and Creventic events and I enjoy challenging myself and pushing to achieve the best possible result.”

 

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DVF Racing remains in Porsche Carrera Cup title hunt after Snetterton podium

Continuing its run of a podium finish at every championship event, DVF Racing and Slidesports Engineering left Snetterton firmly in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title hunt. Starting the weekend under scorching summer temperatures for Friday’s practice, the weather soon deteriorated for Sunday’s two races, held in wet and windy conditions, which made setting the cars up difficult for the field.

Cypriot Tio Ellinas, competing in the Pro category, secured pole position on Saturday with a lap time almost three-tenths of a second faster than rival Dino Zamparelli. However, in the rain on Sunday the team had to gamble on tyre pressures, which left Tio with an ill-handling car, and he had to battle for a podium finish in race one and fifth place in race two.

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Similarly, David Fairbrother, competing in the Am category, struggled to get on top of the car in the unpredictable conditions and unlock its full potential. Yorkshireman David battled to two sixth-place finishes.

DVF Racing will next be on track in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill in Scotland over August 24-26 where it will try to retake top spot in the standings.

Tio Ellnas, driver #11

“Friday and Saturday were really positive, and I qualified P1. Unfortunately, we messed up a bit in race one as the tyre pressures were a bit too low for the wet setup we had. We gambled in race one as we thought it would dry up and we didn’t want to overheat the tyres but unfortunately it rained more, and it was a bit difficult. In race two we went the other way with the pressures and they were too high. It’s critical to get the pressures right in these cars and if not, you lose massively. I had moments of over and understeer everywhere. I felt the car wasn’t going in the right direction and I had to fight to hold my position.

“It’s a frustrating weekend as we had the pace, but we have to manage the car in the race on long runs and we’ll be there. We’ll regroup as a team and go again next time and build on the positives from this weekend as we know we have the speed.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9

“We had good pace in testing and the times were good in practice on Friday but come qualifying we were struggling again. We tried to get on top of things when the weather changed on Sunday, but the pace just wasn’t there.

“We’ll regroup and go again at Knockhill. We’ve got the chance to test up there on the Wednesday, so we can dial the car in and then press on for the races. We aren’t far off, but these cars respond to small changes and it can make or break your weekend, so we just have to refine things slightly to hit that perfect spot and we’ll be fine.”

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Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“The conditions were tricky, and the weather was constantly changing. The pre-race pace and the balance of the car were good and it was fantastic to get pole by such a margin. Unfortunately the conditions played against us on race day. It’s the same for everybody but we switched our tyres on and optimised our performance when the weather was at its worst, so when it came good we couldn’t make the most of the situation. The opposition managed to save a set of tyres and we didn’t see that, so they had an initial five or six lap advantage in the second race but we still took some good points.

“The pace at the front is so close that a small modification to the car has a big effect as they’re all fighting over the same tenth of a second. Guessing the ambient, track, and weather conditions has been tricky, and we missed the sweet spot.

“It was a similar situation for David, he had a solid two races but in these conditions races can be a bit scrappy and all things considered he did well to bring the car home with more points.”

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Porsche Carrera Cup – Snetterton Race Gallery

Continuing its run of a podium finish at every championship event, DVF Racing and Slidesports Engineering left Snetterton firmly in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title hunt.

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Carrera Cup championship leader DVF Racing prepares for second-half surge

After a six-week summer break, DVF Racing with Slidesports Engineering heads to Snetterton to resume the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season, with Pro driver Tio Ellinas leading the championship standings. Cypriot Ellinas opened up a nine-point advantage after the last round at Oulton Park, even with the Carrera Cup’s dropped-score points system, he still leads rival Dino Zamparelli by a point and will be looking to extend that lead this weekend.

In the Am category, both David Fairbrother and Richard Hawken will be hoping for podium finishes. Fairbrother took a win and second place at the Norfolk circuit last year, while Hawken has experience around the circuit in his time racing Super Touring cars.

The 2.97-mile Snetterton circuit provides a mixture of challenges for the drivers, featuring high-speed straights which surround a twisty and technical infield section and an average lap speed of close to 100 mph. With just eight races left of the 16 which makes up the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season there will be little room for error.

DVF Racing will be on track on Wednesday July 25 for an official Porsche test, before two free practice sessions on Friday July 27. Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 14:30, with both 14-lap races on Sunday July 29 at 09:15 and 15:05 – the latter broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub online.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11

“Hopefully we can extend the lead even more. It was really nice to go into the summer break leading the championship and I’m looking forward to getting back into the car and getting racing again. Snetterton was good for me last year, I finished third with two fastest laps, so I enjoy the track and want to do well there again this year.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9

“It will be nice to go back to Snetterton after the break. I had a great weekend there last year with a win and second place and I will be trying to repeat that sort of performance this time out. Slidesports will give us good cars as usual so we know we will be competitive.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“I’m looking forward to Snetterton and Tio excels on these high-speed tracks, so it should be good for us. There’s good running to the end of the season now with some exciting circuits, so we need to keep our nose clean. We’re going for the championship, not just race wins.”

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Oulton Park – Porsche Carrera Cup – Gallery

It was a double delight for the DVF Racing Team at Oulton Park.

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