BRANDS HATCH INDY LAP RECORD AND RACE WIN IN FRONT OF 40,000
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Nineteen years after Nigel Mansell scored his first Formula 1 race win at the famous Kent circuit, Scott Mansell became the fastest racer ever to lap the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, driving his Zig Zag Benetton Judd V10 majestically around the twists and turns of the Kent circuit to secure the lap record by almost 0.2seconds in front of a bumper crowd of 40,000 people.
The Tamworth 18-year old broke the lap record set a year ago by Champ Car pilot Adrian Fernandez by setting a time of 38.03 seconds on lap four of Sunday???s race, which was part of the annual CSMA Classic Festival. Mexican veteran Fernandez set his outright lap record of 38.21 seconds during the London Champ Car Trophy on May 5, 2003.
Mansell admitted he was overwhelmed to have beaten a time set by such a high-profile racing star. ???It???s fantastic, isn???t it???? he said afterwards. ???It hasn???t really sunk in yet. I mean, Champ Cars are pretty serious machines and to beat their lap times means I was doing some very fast laps.???
Mansell had already beaten the outright lap records at Donington Park and Silverstone during the opening two rounds of the EuroBOSS series. But he said that beating the Brands record meant more to him. ???It???s good that we???ve beaten the American Champ Car record, which was a record set by a current car, last year .???
The Mansell Motorsport/Zig Zag racing driver even dipped into the 37-second bracket during practice on Saturday, although he had a very light fuel load for that run. For the young racer, though , the fact that he set the new lap record with a full fuel load just adds to the kudos.
???I was quicker on Saturday,??? he said. ???But the lap on Sunday was the best driving lap I have ever done.???
"The team has worked extremely hard all weekend to make this a possibility. We knew that the weather and the car were right for a record attempt and that we should go for it in the early laps, whilst the tyres were at their best. It is a fantastic achievement to break the lap record by 0.2 of a second and I would like to thank my family, team mates and sponsors Zig Zag for making this possible. With every race I am starting to get the best out of the Benetton Judd."
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Join Scott onboard for a 38.2 second lap around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit during morning warm up. Click Here