Both Kaiser and Laskaratos made their first stops under a full course yellow; Kaiser changing to slicks and handing over to Woodward, while Laskaratos stayed in.
One hour in and Woodward was 11th after a spin at Luffield, and Laskaratos was seventh. “I got a bit sideways out of Brooklands and felt the rear go, after that it felt a bit loose,” said Woodward.
With a dry track and stops gathering momentum, Laskaratos handed over to Corbett. “A very interesting stint. I had to make a strong call to stay on slicks as it got wetter than I expected. I had plenty of moments and had to re-find the lines at every corner,” he explained.
With both cars making steady progress, Woodward had climbed to seventh and Corbett 13th but Woodward had started to threaten for sixth until an errant P2 car intervened, and he lost a place. “There were still some damp patches and it took me a while to get up to pace, but two LMP2 cars put me on the marbles at Abbey and sent me wide,” he explained. He pitted just before the halfway mark, handing to James Dayson.
With half the race completed, Corbett was seventh and Dayson was holding eighth, but lengthy periods of safety car followed after two separate incidents.
With an hour to go Winslow had taken the final stint from Corbett, while Kaiser was back in after Dayson pitted. “A great stint, I was pleased with that,” said Corbett. “We had lost a lap during stops and the safety car wrecked our strategy,” Dayson added.
Kaiser continued to push hard and had climbed back to sixth with 40 minutes left on the clock, while Winslow was eighth. Both had made their final stops for fuel and it was a sprint to the finish.
Both cars were on the same lap as fifth place Yamanaka’s Ligier, and began to close in. Kaiser was through on the 95th lap for fifth, but was 1 minute 12 seconds down on Wells’ Norma if he hoped for further progress.
Winslow passed Yamanaka too and it began to look like a fifth and sixth place finish for the two cars. “The first 20 minutes of the last stint were difficult, but the car felt better and better and I began to push to catch Tony Wells. But then the fuel light came on so I backed off,” Kaiser explained.
Wells had a clash with an LMP2 car at Becketts and spun, which handed Kaiser a late fourth, with Winslow retaining a solid sixth. “I wasn’t going to drive today, but took the final stint. The screen was damaged though and hard to see with low sun,” Winslow explained.
A dramatic race but a pleasing result for all concerned, with both cars in the top six and only a stone’s through from the team’s Silverstone base.
By Peter Scherer