Oli Basey-Fisher’s appetite for a future career in endurance racing has been sharpened after a fantastic class podium finish in the Britcar 1000.
Making his debut in the discipline at the wheel of a Ginetta G40, the Great Finborough 18-year-old produced an outstanding performance alongside teammates Chris Webster, James Harrison and Matt Nicoll-Jones to end the six-hour encounter second in the P2 class, 16th overall, at Silverstone last Sunday.
Taking over the car from Webster for the second 90-minute stint, Basey-Fisher helped the team climb into the class top three before the race reached mid-distance.
Harrison and Nicoll-Jones completed the second half of the race in a similarly competitive vein to secure the runners-up spot in the P2 class.
Impressively, the result was achieved against the odds when an administrative error incorrectly placed the team’s Ginetta in P2 rather than the P4 class.
With the car originally running a 2.0-litre powerplant producing approximately 220bhp, a blow-up in testing meant a standard 150bhp engine had to be fitted — meaning the car was roughly five seconds per lap slower.
Rather than compete in P4, a class the squad would easily have won having finished the race four laps clear of the eventual P4 winners, Basey-Fisher’s team had to battle in P2 against significantly faster cars such as SEATs and BMWs.
“I’m really happy with the way my first ever endurance race turned out in the end,” said the Suffolk One College student. “We should have been in class four of the production-based cars, which we would have won, but to still come away with a podium in class P2 after the problems with the engine is fantastic.
“There was a big difference in lap time between the engines, so the result was impressive.
“It was a phenomenal weekend really, especially considering what we were up against and it really has given me an appetite for looking at trying to move into GT4 or something like that next year.
“In the future, I definitely want to look at top level endurance racing, but that’s a little way off for now.”
Understandably delighted with his hugely consistent performance in the Britcar 1000, Basey-Fisher’s attention now turns to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, where he has a tremendous opportunity to win the championship in only his second season of car racing at any level.