01 OCT 2012
SCUDERIA VITTORIA END GINETTA CHALLENGE SEASON ON A HIGH Scuderia Vittoria rounded off their maiden season in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge on a high at Donington Park this weekend (29/30 September), as Dan Denis charged to fourth position in the season finale at the world-famous Leicestershire circuit.

The 2011 British GT4 Vice Champion pairing of Denis and former single-seater ace David McDonald, initially struggled with traffic issues during qualifying for the Ginetta backed championship, leaving Denis and McDonald in 9th and 12th respectively ahead of race one.

Both drivers got off the line well but the opening stages of the race saw Denis drop to tenth position with McDonald maintaining his grid position in 12th, until a tense fight for tenth on the exit of Redgate saw McDonald edged out by Lee Mowle and into the tyre wall.

Avoiding the drama, Denis charged on but was forced to settle for ninth position as his brakes began to fade in the closing stages of the race. The youngster completed the race just 1.041 seconds off Graham Johnson in eighth.

The second race of the weekend saw Denis line up in ninth position as the lone Scuderia Vittoria entrant, with cost restraints ending McDonald’s weekend prematurely.

Starting well, Dennis initially moved up to eighth position due to the retirement of Luke Davenport at the Old Hairpin. Davenport’s incident would see the deployment of the safety car until the end of the third lap.

A good restart saw Denis push on, hot-on-the-heels of Andy O’Brien who remained in front of the youngster for the remainder of the race. Tireless efforts from the pairing saw them climb to fourth and fifth position respectively on track, but the exclusion of Ryan Ratcliffe for overtaking under a yellow at Goddards, saw Denis promoted to fourth.

“I’m really pleased with a fourth place finish in race two,” said Denis. “The racing has been quite hectic this weekend, but I have tried to keep my head down and it feels good to complete the weekend with a strong finish.”

“It’s a shame that we weren’t able to continue with race three due to timetable restrictions, as I’m certain that we could have challenged for a strong podium finish.”

McDonald added, “This weekend was a bit of a struggle for us all weekend to be honest. We had a few slight set-up issues in qualifying, which we sorted out for race one, but then unfortunately I got taken out on the exit of Redgate during the race.”

“With the damage sustained from the first race incident proving to be quite costly, we decided not to compete in the second race as we didn’t want to jeopardise any further outings that we may have planned soon.” 

The Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge will now hibernate for the winter months before returning as support to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park on 29/31 March 2013.

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