British GT Round 3 | Snetterton
28th May 2017
With a long break between Rockingham and Round 3 of the British GT Championship at Snetterton, I was really looking forward to getting back on track again. I had good memories of this place, including my first British GT win last year, so I was hoping to build on them and get another good result. The format for the weekend was the usual 10 minute qualifying session for each driver, followed by two one hour races on Sunday.
After using old tyres on Friday for practice I was excited to get a new set of boots on for qualifying. Sandy had a good run and qualified third in his group. I felt I could have got more out of the car on my best lap but I was happy with third as well and knew we could have good pace in the races.
Sandy started race one, quickly took 2nd and tried to chase down the lead Ginetta of Will Tregurtha, but he was just too fast. Pitting from 2nd as soon as the window opened, I jumped in and rejoined in third behind the two Ginettas of Stuart Middleton and David Pittard and did my best to chase them down – at one point the gap between the three of us was about 1 second.
Eventually Middleton passed Pittard and pulled away, which allowed me to have a go at passing him – in the closing stages I made a late move around the outside, under the bridge, and at the Esses but it didn’t quite pay off and I finished in third.
I started race two. The start didn’t quite go to plan and I dropped to 4th, trying to make my way back through, but with a car full of fuel it was very difficult.
Pitting in 4th, Sandy took over, rejoining in third, just before the safety car came out. Making a great restart, he quickly passed Tregurtha and the McLaren of David Pattison to take the lead, which he held onto it until the end and we got our first win of the season.
After getting back on the podium at Rockingham, it was great to get back in the title hunt with a win and a third place at Snetterton.
Thanks to the team for being flawless all weekend and also to my sponsors for their continued support. The next round is only two weeks away at Silverstone and this time it’s a three hour race with double points on offer, so we’ll be going all-out for the win.