FIRST WIN OF 2008 FOR DE ZILLE BUTLER - 16/2/08

FIRST WIN OF 2008 FOR DE ZILLE BUTLER - 16/2/08

FIRST WIN OF 2008 FOR DE ZILLE BUTLER - 16/2/08

At a cold indoor karting circuit in Northampton Ben got his winning ways off to a great start by helping his team claim another top step of the podium in the annual Ferrari Owners Club karting event. This was the second year that Ben had competed in the event as part of the Anglia regions team and the second time he had helped them claim victory. Having taken pole position with veteran karter Roy Watts' time of 27.9 the 4 man team lead every lap claiming an impressive victory by 7 laps from their closest rivals, the Three Shires region.

Nick Robinson (National F3 competitor) was elected to start the annual 3 hour endurance race and by the end of his first stint had lapped all but one of the field. Team Captain Roy Watts took over and continued to impress putting another lap on the field by the 40minute mark and setting the fastest lap of the race so far. This did not stand for long however, as Ben took over and smashed this and the previous events lap record with a 27.5, and by the time he handed over to the final team member, Fred Honnor (Ferrari Classic regular) at the one hour mark Anglia had a comfortable 3 lap lead.

As the race developed the overtaking and consistently fast lapping continued as the team developed their own in house battle for the fastest lap award. The newly set lap records fell 5 more times before Nick Robinson finally claimed an unbeatable time of 27.13 closely followed by Ben's 27.22, Roys 27.36 and Fred's 27.52, all times which eclipsed their closest rivals. 

As the 3 hour mark loomed, and with all 11 mandatory driver changes completed, it was again (as in 2007) Fred who found himself in the kart to take the well deserved win. But it was not to be, as a series of small errors allowed him to be overtaken by another team (the first time Anglia had been overtaken in the entire race) and team manager, Andrew Holman, hung out the pit board as punishment to allowed team captain Roy to take over the kart for the chequered flag.

Afterwards Ben said, "It is a great event and great fun. There are some good competitors out there but no team could match the consistency of our four drivers. I am really pleased to start the 2008 season with a victory and look forward to replicating this when the Avon Tyres British GT Championship gets underway next month."

Whispers afterwards were heard about a handicapping system for next year to allow the other teams a better chance, but when asked team Captain Roy Watts said, " let them do what they will, last year we won by 6 laps and this year by 7, so next year we are aiming for 8."

Bens pre season testing in the Ferrari gets underway later this week at Silverstone.       

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