Race ace Lockie bags mighty win

Victorious: Calum Lockie
Victorious: Calum Lockie

CALUM Lockie scored a mighty victory in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship at Thruxton when he raced Paul White’s Mosler MT900R from the back of the grid in appalling conditions.

Calum and Paul were forced to start from the back of the grid after missing qualifying.

But as heavy rain soaked the high-speed Hampshire track, Calum raced from 24th and last to take the lead in just six laps, which included a safety car period.

Just before his scheduled stop to hand the car over to Paul, the race was halted on safety grounds, leaving Calum a solo winner.

Logistical problems forced them to miss Saturday’s qualifying session, but a half-hour warm-up session on Sunday allowed them both to complete enough laps to qualify for the race.

“The weather was foul for the start, but the car felt absolutely stunning in the wet,” said Calum. “It was very wet with big puddles and it was really tricky. I went sideways off the startline and the spray was intense. I was being careful and not taking big risks.”

Despite taking it carefully, Calum passed 17 cars in two laps before the first safety car period. Sixth place became fifth when a car ahead pitted under the safety car.

From the re-start, Calum again took a measured approach, but in less than a lap he passed two cars into Campbell, another one at Noble and then took the lead from the Aquila of Nigel Mustill around the outside at Goodwood.

He immediately pulled clear despite water causing the car to aquaplane up Woodham Hill – the fastest part of the track – and extended the lead before three more safety car periods ended with a shortened race at just over an hour as the rain got even heavier.

“I was due in the pits five laps later, but I think it was the right decision to stop the race,” he said after a remarkable performance.

“It was so much fun. I love those conditions and I had a whale of a time!

“Huge thanks are due to Paul, Steve Scott and the Strata 21 team including Dave Sheard for making this possible,” said Lockie.

Trade support for Calum Lockie comes from Dunlop, Grand Prix Racewear, Motul Oil, Porsche Centre Silverstone, Brian James Trailers and Dodo Juice (car care products).

The victory at Thruxton came after three second places on the trot in three different cars through the spring.

At the Donington Historic Festival, Calum was invited to share two cars with respected historic racer John Pearson of Dunlop supplier HP Tyres. They shared his Lotus 23B to take second in class and then repeated the class result in Pearson’s ADA Group C2 car, finishing seventh overall from a grid of more than 20 cars.

“It was great to be asked to share the cars with John. I hadn’t seen the Lotus before the start of qualifying.”

A week later Calum was back at Donington to race in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship in White’s Mosler MT900R.

Despite being hit by a Ferrari on the run to Redgate on the first lap, they had a strong race to finish second in the four-hour enduro, only losing out to the winner due to extra fuel stops.