So it’s been a busy time for us at Barwell, in the last nine days we have racked up 2500km, starting at Silverstone with British GT, where we hoped to get things off the ground after a bad start to the year.
Free practice went OK, we found a nice balance in the car but the biggest problem we had was traffic. With 48 or so cars on the grid 14 of them being GT4 cars it was very difficult to get a clear lap, it also brought it home to me that in my opinion the closing speeds between GT3 and GT4 are now too great. It was so bad for me that I didn’t actually get a clear lap until the race.
Qualifying I had 30 mins in the car and two sets of tyres and I didn’t get one clear lap in. It was the most frustrating thing in the world not knowing where the car was at pace wise and we had to settle for P25. But then we turned our focus and attention to trying something different in our strategy to get out of sync with the other cars and get into some clear air, my team mate (with his over-taking boots on ) had a great stint climbing through the field making up several places before a safety car came out which then forced a pit stop and driver change.
The race from there on was pretty eventful, we had a fairly dramatic fire during the pit stop which the guys did a very good job of putting out and then two drive through penalties and a spin for my team mate Mark. But after all this and driving a VERY wide Aston Martin towards the end defending from a AF Corsa Ferrari I brought the car home in fifth. After all the incidents in the race and actually our first finish in British GT we were over the moon with fifth.