Testing went well on Friday and left David Mason OBE and I feeling in good fettle for the opening round of the MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship. The MacConnal Mason Gallery Ferrari 458GTC had been re-prepped after our Portimao test and all was well.

Testing went well on Friday and left David Mason OBE and I feeling in good fettle for the opening round of the MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship. The MacConnal Mason Gallery Ferrari 458GTC had been re-prepped after our Portimao test and all was well.

Saturday started wet but was drying fast so after a banker on wets which put us on overall pole, David drove his qualifying laps and handed back to me to try again, this time on slicks.  A squirmy and slithery lap saw me set overall pole for the first round and bag the first point of the season.

Rain fell and as we approached the start of race one it became clear we would need wets. Good for me - I love the wet and David was pleased too. 

Off the line the Audi GT3 class one car outdragged me to Copse but I held on round the outside and challenged into Becketts. Pushing hard down Wellington Straight I looked in the mirrors and was away on my own. Apparently the Audi had a problem and went wide, rejoining well down the field. I put my head down and reeled off the laps. 

The pit stop went like clockwork and David was on his way with a near 2 lap lead. A great well-judged drive saw him take the chequered flag with lots of time in hand.

For race 2 we were again on overall pole this time with the very rapid Ariel Atom alongside. A problem with the start lights I think left some unsure but as soon as the green flag waved I was off like a scalded cat!! Again I got my head down and reeled off the laps. Our second pit stop was a good as the first and David raced off for another excellent stint to bring us home in P1 overall for the second time. This time it was much closer as the Wolf CN car was hounding us but as it had to start from the back of the grid had some time to make up.

A clean sweep in both races with superb work from the whole FF Corse Team who as ever were absolutely on it. After the winter rebuild the car felt new and despite little time in the car David drove a blinder.

A perfect start to the season leaves us leading both class 2 and the overall Championship table.