MOTOR RACING: Whittaker maintains 100 per cent win record in BMW championship

Garrie Whittaker leads the field at Cadwell Park. Photo: Derek John Binsted
Garrie Whittaker leads the field at Cadwell Park. Photo: Derek John Binsted
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BARNSTONE saloon car racer Garrie Whittaker took a trip to Cadwell Park for the latest rounds of the 2011 Kumho Tyres BMW Championship on Sunday.

Garrie maintained his 100 per cent win record on the 2.18-mile Lincolnshire circuit, famous for its Mountain section of track where cars can get airborne, albeit briefly.

Garrie came out to qualify his BMW E36 M3 in bright sunshine and made his intentions known very early on as he put in some amazingly fast laps and then went back to the paddock in the knowledge that no one would be able to get near his lap time of 1min 36.563sec, at an average speed of 81.53mph. His nearest Class A rival qualifed almost seven seconds adrift.

The first of the day’s two races was run in dry conditions and pole position man Garrie made a perfect start and headed the pack of cars into the first corner. By the time the first lap had been completed, Garrie was already putting some distance between himself and his nearest challenger, James Card, in a BMW E46.

Garrie eventually completed 13 laps in the allotted race time and won by a huge margin of more than one to take another win in the championship.

He came out for the second race late in the afternoon by which time persistent rain had made track conditions tricky.

Another blistering start heralded a second victory of the day, giving Garrie 11 wins out of 11 in this year’s championship. Although Garrie heads Class A, he lost the overall lead due to the number of cars entered in his class at Cadwell.

The next rounds of the BMW championship will be at Rockingham, near Corby, where Garrie will be hoping to maintain his unbeaten record.