The Bullrun Team were crowned MSA British Endurance Champions 2012 at the final round of the Championship at Donington Park last weekend.
Having already secured the Class Honours at Brands Hatch back in August 2012 all efforts over the past few weeks have been focussed on ensuring that they brought home the overall title as well.
Despite an unscheduled stop to rectify a small electrical issue, the 4 hour night race ended with Richard Adams bringing the car across the line to record an overall Championship victory by 3 points.
This latest triumph makes Bullrun the most successful team in Britcar history, adding the 2012 GT Championship to the Production Championship they won in 2010.
David Green said “This time last year, we had only just begun exploratory talks with Lotus about the possibility of developing the GTC Evora with them – now the car is finished and the Championship is ours! Back at the Autosport Show in January 2012, Rupert Manwaring (Head of Commercial Motorsport at Lotus) said that “it would be something very special if a British Team, in a British Car could win a British Championship” – well that’s exactly what we have done – and we couldn’t be more delighted! It’s been a remarkable year! We would also like to thank our title sponsors of Bullrun, Giant Film & TV and Luxor, without whose continued support our success this season would not have been possible”.
Commenting on the partnership between Lotus and Bullrun, Richard Adams explained that “It was a big step into the unknown for both of our teams – we hadn’t previously worked together and so as in any new venture, pooling our respective skills, experience and resources to make one effective and enthusiastic group of people was going to be essential. If we are honest, I think we were all genuinely surprised how quickly the teams came together and everyone found their role – we had to focus not only on the development of the car itself – but also mounting a credible challenge for the Britcar title.
It is a testament to the professionalism of Gavan Kershaw (who led the Lotus Engineering team), Mickey Galter (who led the race set-up for each round for Bullrun) and Elliot Martin (from Cosworth) that we got so much pace out of the car so quickly – and continued to make handling and performance improvements all year. On a personal note, being able to bring such a diverse set of personalities and individuals together into such an effective force was one of the most rewarding parts of this journey for me.”
Martin Byford added “I believe we have raised the bar this year in terms of the standards of preparation, focus, discipline and teamwork that are now required to win Britcar – helping to stack every small advantage we could in our favour. We had our fair share of luck – but we firmly believe that you make your own luck – and we have worked incredibly hard for ours! The car has been an absolute delight to drive and help develop – in addition to the Championship win, the fact that we managed an overall race win at Oulton Park earlier this season (beating both Class 1 and Class 2 competition) shows just what the car is capable of!”
Bullrun are already exploring options for next season with Richard Adams confirming that “we are in early negotiations with a number of parties to help us identify where our next challenge might be – all we can say at this stage is that we would very much like to continue our successful partnership with Rupert, Gavan and the team at Lotus Racing and would like to think we will be driving a Lotus again in 2013 – exactly where that will be is too early to say. But for now, for the next few days at least, we are all going to enjoy our win!”