One Motorsport added to its McLaren Trophy silverware collection last week as David Foster and Bradley Ellis scooped their third consecutive podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps.
Taking centre stage at the world-famous Belgium track ahead of the CrowdStrike 24 hours of Spa, Ellis and Foster maintained their sensational start to the season with a second place finish whilst there was excellent progress made in the sister car driven by Neil Langberg and Ross Kaiser.
Hot on the heels of clinching a pair of Pro-Am victories at the Paul Ricard season-opener last month, the Brackley-based outfit hit the road to mainland Europe high in confidence of achieving further success.
Dialling in their 570S Trophy machines around the 4.352-mile circuit in practice, bad luck would unfortunately strike the duo of Foster and Ellis by the time the first of two qualifying sessions came around.
Struggling with a mechanical issue, the pair would start Friday afternoon’s opening encounter towards the rear of the field whilst Langberg and Kaiser combined to set the sixth fastest time in the category.
As the lights went out, Foster produced a superlative stint to move up the order and by the time it came to hand over the reins to Ellis at mid-distance, their striking pink-liveried was firmly in Class contention.
With Ellis at the wheel until the chequered flag fell, the former British GT Championship racer carved his way further up the order to cross the line in second in the Pro-Am Class – ensuring they are yet to finish outside the top two.
Not far behind them was Langberg and Kaiser, who had kept themselves relatively out of trouble to finish seventh in their Race for RP-supported car.
Unfortunately, heavy and persistent rain on Saturday morning prevented anyone from being able to take to the track for race two – with officials electing to postpone the contest soon after the scheduled start time.
Danny Buxton, One Motorsport Team Principal, said: “First and foremost we at One Motorsport were all saddened by the passing of Dilano van’t Hoff at the weekend and send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and team at what is a very difficult time.
“The drivers parade in Spa town set the scene for us on Wednesday evening, and what a sight it was – that was an awesome start to the weekend. After an initial set-back during testing, David drove brilliantly to fight through the pack and coupled with Neil’s race one performance, they’re the standouts for me.
“This gives us so much encouragement moving towards Nürburgring”.
The next round of the 2023 McLaren Trophy takes place at the Nürburgring in Germany on the weekend of 28-30 July.