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By finishing on the podium at Silverstone, Anthony, Barry & the RLR Msport team finished 1st in the European & 2nd in the 2009 UK SPEED Series.
The pair won 2 races in 2009 - equal to Rob Garofall's championship winning campaign - although Garofall was more consistent through the year and took a deserving overall title. The team were awarded their trophies in the evening presentations after the Silverstone race.
'The Team': From left to right: Shaun (RLR Msport), Anthony, Barry & Nick (RLR Msport)
|Posted on October 11, 2009 at 3:45 PM|
Anthony & Barry finished their 2009 SPEED Series campaign with a solid 3rd place at Silverstone in the final race of the season.
Barry took the helm in qualifying, finishing in 9th place in a very tricky wet session. The top order was so close that positions 4th to 10th were covered by just a few tenths.
At the start, Barry ran in a strong 6th place, closing on those ahead but a moment at Becketts dropped him to 7th and he couldn't reclaim the lost ground despite again lapping as fast as the 3rd place driver.
Anthony took over half way through the 3 hour race and chased down Jean Lou Rihon to take 3rd. He resisted a late race challenge from the Woodcock Brothers Ligier to consolidate 3rd place.
The position was enough to earn the team 2nd place in the 2009 UK SPEED Series and 1st in the European Series.
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After the highs of their maiden SPEED series victory at Spa-Francorchamps Barry & Anthony came back to the ground with a bump with an extremely disappointing non-finish at Brands Hatch.
Racing on the majestic Grand Prix circuit, one of their favourite places in the UK, Anthony & Barry were looking forward to the race.
Anthony took the opening laps in qualifying, putting them 3rd on the grid. Concerned that they may slip down the order, Barry attempted to shave a few tenths off the time, but ended up with a heavy trip through the gravel at Paddock Hill, causing an electric problem that was to prove even more costly in the race.
Having to repair the car, the team just managed to get Barry into the race start on time. Despite a big spin at the start, caused by Barry having to avoid a very early braking Richard Philips, Barry quickly reclaimed his 3rd place and settled into a strong stint.
However, after just 30 mins the electrical problem reoccurred, grinding Barry's Ligier to a halt at Sheen Corner at the back of the circuit. He was towed back to the pits but the team found a major short circuit in the wiring which had destroyed some of the wiring and the car could not be repaired in time.
The race was extremely close and was just won by Rob Garofall in a Juno despite Graham Fennymore closing fast towards the end as the rain worsened. The race was red flagged "at the right time" according to Garofall!
|Posted on May 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM|
Anthony & Barry finally took a victory in the SPEED series (formerly VdeV UK) at their favourite track, Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps.
Barry took his turn to qualify the Ligier JS49 and outlined his continuing improvements by qualifying in an outstanding 3rd position, just 1 second away from Pole Position and ahead of many professional drivers including Le Mans driver & team mate Phil Bennett and regular pace setter Rob Garofall. An impressive acheivement considering it still being only his third full season in racing.
Anthony took the lead of the race from Simon Dolan's Ligier at the first corner and pulled out a lead of nearly 1 minute after driving a full stint of 1 hour 45 mins of the 3 hour event.
Barry then took over and maintained a big gap, despite Rob Garofall closing down his lead initially. Garofall ran out of fuel in his Juno and coasted into the pit lane with nearly 30 minutes to go, giving Barry a lead of over 3 minutes to his next nearest competitor, Lee Atkins Juno.
A late fuel stop was made by RLR for Barry and such was their efficiency that they cruised home to over a 2 minute victory over Garofall who had fought his way back past Atkins up to 2nd.
"I managed the tyres at the start because it was a hot day, so I didn't romp away at first, but once I started lapping the traffic later in the race, it paid dividends and I could pull out the gap" said Anthony.
"We weren't 100% sure if we could do the race on one fuel stop or not, but it soon became clear that we and the rest of the field for that matter - had no choice because of the length of Spa's straights & the time we are on full throttle for.".
"I'd like to thank the team for working so hard over the weekend - it's a long overdue win for all of us!".
|Posted on May 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM|
The start of the SPEED series at Anglesey was a disappointment for Anthony, Barry & RLR Msport.
Despite having been on the pace in testing, qualifying was a disappointment as a combination of issues made Anthony start in a grid slot of only 6th. Windy conditions made the car unpredictable and a locking rear end into slow corners caused by a oversized rear tyre caused Anthony to be off the pace.
Despite this, Anthony took the opening stint and raced well to run in 3rd place at the start behind Nick Padmore's Norma & Rob Garofall's Juno. However, the locking rear end caused Anthony to have an uncharacteristic spin and he dropped to 7th just behind team mate Phil Bennett. Anthony repassed Bennett shortly after, but it was all to come to nothing as the car cut out with electric problems that lost the team a dozen laps in the pits and Barry rejoined.
He drove a good stint but could not reclaim the lost time & finished in a distant 8th place.
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