Silverstone hosted the final three races of the Pirelli Ferrule Classic which was run alongside the Ferrari Challenge UK series. The Wing paddock was an impressive sight with 488 Challenge, Classic races and customer cars a plenty. There was also track time available for standard Ferrari road cars over the weekend giving owners the opportunity to exercise their cars.
There were 21 starters on the grid for the Classic. NCSC was running the 328 GTB Group 3 car of Burgo Wharton, Nick Cartwright in his 328 GTB in perusal of the Group 4 title and a surprise appearance with Jamie Cartwright out of retirement running big brother Bens Group 3 328 GTB.
Great racing through the field in Race 1 on Saturday afternoon but Chris Butler and Jamie Cartwright stole the show with barely a whisker between them throughout the race with Chris Butler clinching group 3 honours. The Winner overall was Wayne Marrs in his 355 Challenge with Tris Simpson 2nd and Tim Mogridge 3rd also in 355 Challenge car. Nick Cartwright finished in 8th overall and 2nd in class behind the Group 4 348 Challenge car of Colin Sowter.
Race two on Sunday morning and another thrilling race between Butler and Cartwright with Nick Cartwright catching the pair up and they tussled throughout the race. This time Jim clinching the Class win just ahead of Butler and also 3rd overall in the race so a podium spot. Nick Cartwright also taking class honours in Group 4 with an impressive 5th overall.
A late afternoon staring time for the final race on Sunday and a drying track after the afternoon deluge made for tricky conditions. A great start for Jamie from 5th on the grid up into second place which he defended well into the race until teh 355 Challenge cars eventually catched and passed demoting Jamie to 4th place but this time a convincing win over Butler giving him another class win. Nick spend most of the race tussling with the group 5 550 Maranello of Peter Fisk and Nick crossed the line in 7th overall giving him another group 4 class victory.
A solid end to the season for Nick and a promising reintroduction for Jamie after a complete 2 year break from circuit racing.
Racing photos courtesy of Jonathan Tremlett.