As the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge returns to the British GT / F3 package this weekend at Snetteron 300 following an outing with the MSVR Championships at Cadwell Park a fortnight ago, the pressure is on for the drivers as the see the end point in sight for the 2012 season.
Current G40 championship leader Sean Huyton (Academy Motorsport) and Mike Robinson (TCR) are looking for a strong points haul following a disappointing weekend at Cadwell Park as the pair of them each lost out what they thought would have been a certain win. Robinson said; “Snetterton is one of my favourite circuits and I can’t wait to get back on track as soon as possible to try and close the gap on Sean in the championship!”
Gary Simms (Optimum Motorsport) was also on fine form at Cadwell, bringing home a trio of podiums with a first, second and third place in front of his Leasedrive sponsors, whilst Piranha Motorsport driver Ryan Ratcliffe scored his first win of 2012 and currently sits just a few points adrift of the championship top two.
Ratcliffe said; “Cadwell Park was a massive confidence boost for me, winning my first ever Challenge race and setting fastest laps for two of the three races has really proven to me that I am still in with a shot of winning the championship!”
Will Burns (HHC Motorsport) continued to climb the championship table, impressing from the start last time out with top three finishes from seventh and eighth on the grid, he now lies fifth in championship. Burns added; “I’m really happy with my recent results, which is giving me confidence to fight at the sharp end despite my lack of knowledge of the circuits. This will be my first time at Snetterton but I know HHC motorsport will give me a great car to continue this great run of results”
Another driver climbing his way through the rankings is Reflex Racing’s Luke Davenport; currently contesting his first full season in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. An impressive outing at Cadwell saw the Cambridgeshire youngster shoot into the championship top 10 with his first podium of the year. Davenport said; “After a promising weekend at Cadwell, I am looking to improve again and work towards being consistently in the hunt for podiums."
After missing the last round, Rick Parfitt Jnr (Piranha Motorsport), J.J O’Malley (Trackcars.net), Thiago Calvet (Optimum Motorsport) and Ben Constanduros (Scuderia Vittoria) will be looking to pick up some decent points.
With two wins and a second place, G20 championship leader Matt Flowers (Privateer) extended his lead over his nearest rival Brian Muphy (Orwin) after the driver’s weekend was marred by a missing fuel cap in race one, which led to a DNF. Flowers added; “It was good to put my reliability problems behind me and pick up a couple of wins at Cadwell. I'm aiming to add to that at Snetterton.”
G20 Championship newcomer Mark De Spong (Tolman Motorsport) will be returning to the grid for his second round of the season, alongside teammate Ian Ingram who picked up his first G20 podium at Cadwell. The pair are currently separated in the standings by Mark Wania (Academy Motorsport) who said; “My first trip to Cadwell Park was epic - I smell another win coming on at Snetterton.”
With only three rounds remaining in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge, this weekend promises another exciting outing here at Snetterton.