The British Automobile Racing Club was well represented on the international stage this past weekend (August 15/16) as the Sports Prototype Cup travelled to Belgium to compete at the iconic Spa Francorchamps.
Marking rounds three and four of its sophomore season, the category shared the bill with the FIA World Endurance Championship and produced a pair of action-packed one-hour races to show the potential of the fast-growing UK-based series on the global stage.
With a bumper grid of Revolution A-One prototype machines, the event marked the series’ international debut and it didn’t disappoint.
Morten Dons reigned supreme in the opening encounter around the legendary 4.35-mile circuit, leading home a Mike Smith Motorsport with Breakell Racing one-two result. Dropping to third at the start, Dons was soon on the move and made his way into the lead on lap five.
In what turned out to be a gripping contest, nothing could separate the top three however it was to be Dons that would take the chequered flag ahead of Alex Kapadia and Nigel Greensall.
Faced with the prospect of a wet race in the second bout, Brands Hatch race-winner Scott Mansell showcased his prowess in the challenging conditions to take a sensational victory.
Gaining three positions on the first lap to slot into fourth, the Excelr8 Motorsport driver held station during his opening stint before climbing his way through the order in the second half of the race.
Unfortunately, heavy rain in the latter stages brought out the safety car and then subsequently the red flag, with the safety of all drivers and officials taken into consideration.
That left Mansell to collect the victory ahead of Kapadia and Dons.
The Sports Prototype Cup is next in action on Saturday 19th September with a double-header event scheduled to take place at Snetterton.