Lichfield’s Adam Wilcox, driving the VRS Finance Ferrari F430 GT3, secured his team’s first podium finish since April 2008 at Rockingham this weekend.
Adam’s VRS car has suffered with electronic and engine failures this year - but at a scorching Rockingham Speedway in Corby, Adam set the fastest testing time and qualified in third for Sunday’s race.
Phil Burton, Adam’s co-driver, qualified sixth for the one-hour race on Saturday.
Phil climbed the order and after 20 minutes came in to hand the car over to Adam in fourth. Adam quickly chased down and passed the Mosler MT900R of Stuart Hall, the Dodge Viper of Aaron Scott and finally the Aston Martin of Jamie Smyth, pulling out an eight-second lead.
However, the CIM Ferrari of Allan Simonsen passed Adam’s car on a hairpin turn, taking first place.
Adam said: “We are delighted. Obviously we all wanted to win, but to get the car to finish a race is a huge relief. Thanks go out to the Team Rowan Racing who have done a fantastic job in turning around VRS Finance’s fortunes.”
In Sunday’s race, Adam dived into the lead at the first corner in front of the CIM Ferrari of Allan Simonsen. The MTech Ferrari of Matt Griffin burst into flames and the safety car was deployed. After the restart, Adam held the lead until Simonsen slipped through. A pit and driver change had Phil Burton rejoining the battle, holding third place until, with seven minutes to go, he was edged into fourth.
The next race will be on June 14-15 at Knockhil in Scotland.