GT Cup sets the stage for action as it heads to Silverstone

Media release: 24th May 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

The GT Cup makes the first or two visits to the world famous Silverstone circuit and the stage is set for what should be three very entertaining races.

 

Jordan Witt has shown well so far in the Bentley Continental GT3, establishing an early lead but Richard Chamberlain is keeping him honest in his Porsche 935. Darren Nelson has endured technical issues in his stunning Lamborghini Huracan so far this season, however a strong weekend from him is long overdue. Another Lamborghini sure to upset the order is the Gallardo R-EX of Nigel Mustill and Craig Dolby. The car is new to the UK and the duo will be out to prove a point.

 

The GTC group has seen an influx of cars, with championship stalwarts In2Racing fielding two 991 GT3 Cup cars for Nick Staveley and Joe Tuckey. Joining them will be the McLaren 650 Sprint of Stewart Proctor and his son Lewis. Championship protagonists Colin Paton & Ross McEwen will be hoping to extend their lead further over their rivals. Paul Bailey & Andy Schulz will have other ideas however as they challenge in their Ferrari 458.

 

In GTB, the strong contingent of Porsche 997 Cup cars will be trying hard to overcome the BMW of Tom Webb. Andrew Baker sits second in the championship at the moment but Mark Smith has shown an impressive turn of speed and is always one to watch. The Jonathan Evans and Pete Morris car could also prove to be a dark horse.

 

The closest championship battle can be found in the GTA group, where one point separates the leading Ginettas. Daniel O’Brien was the man on form at Brands Hatch, but it’s Ian Anderson & Amanda Black that lead the way in the standings. It will be very, very close. The contingent of Porsche Cayman’s continues to grow as Newbridge Motorsport make their debut and the Nevinson’s return as well. Finally Sam Webster makes his first GT Cup appearance with professional driver Jamie Stanley. Jamie helped John Seale to the 2015 GTC title so the number 48 Fox Motorsport entry will be one to watch. As always, there will be plenty of action throughout the field.

 

 

Timetable

Saturday 23rd April

Time                   
Activity                                                                   Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:20 Qualifying
 
09:30 - 09:50 Qualifying
 
10:00 - 10:40 Free Practice
 
11:00 - 11:15 Qualifying
 
11:25 - 11:55 Qualifying
 
12:05 - 12.35
Qualifying
 
12:45 - 13:25 Free Practice
 
13:25 - 14:15
Lunch Break
 
14:15
Race

14:45
Race

15:15 - 15:30
Qualifying

15:40 - 16:10
Qualifying

16:25 Race
 
17:05 Race

17:35
Race

 

Sunday 24th April

Time                  
Activity                                                                  
Championship                                                                   
Laps      
09:10 - 09:40



10:00 Race

10:40 Race

11:20


11:32
Race

12:12



12:42 - 13:25 Lunch Break    
13:05


13:25 Race

14:00



14:12
Race

14:55 Race

15:30 Race

16:10 Race

17:00


17:12 Race

 

McLaren proves too hot as Chamberlain steals win from Witt

Media release: 28th May 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

Richard Chamberlain hung on to take victory by 0.445s, in a closely fought battle with second-placed man Jordan Witt in the first sprint race of the weekend at Silverstone. Chamberlain was pressuring Witt, when Porsche driver spotted an opportunity and made a bold move around the outside of the Bentley coming out of Brooklands to take the lead of the race.

 

“My car was understeering at Luffield and Jordan  went up the inside, we came through it side-by-side but then it put me on the outside onto the pit straight and I was able to hang on,” said Chamberlain.

 

The next drama would occur a lap later, when the McLaren of Stuart Proctor stopped on the exit of Copse engulfed in flames. The safety car was deployed,   allowing Chamberlain to catch his breath in the heated battle for first. “It’s a shame to see any car go up in smoke, but that made me feel a bit easier,” added Chamberlain, who exclaimed “I was flat out!” until the chequered flag.

 

In GTB it was Tom Webb who took victory after making a similar overtake on Jonathan Evans during the opening stages of the restart. Initially it looked like Jamie Dawson had the lead, but just before the safety car came out he dropped back and allowed Evans into the lead. Webb also went through and, with the safety car bunching up the field, he made his move to take the lead midway through the race once the cars were back racing..

 

“I really didn’t expect to be on the podium this early in the weekend,” said Webb. “In the way that the circuit is, it’s a power circuit and we’re probably the least powerful in the group so far.”

 

In the GTA race Ian Anderson retook first after having a minor moment off track coming out of Brooklands. The Ginetta driver got into a scrap with Daniel O’Brein after the safety car undid his handy work at the start, which put some distance between him and the other G55 racer.

 

“It all came from a very good start, I managed to get a couple of cars between myself and Dan O’Brien,” said Anderson. “The safety car came out and closed everything up, and as we got round I felt there was something not quite right with the car and I think we either got a puncture or a front left bearing was loose, because it just wouldn’t turn right. Dan came past when I had a little excursion on the grass, but I managed to get back past him into Brooklands.”

 

In the GTC group it was Ross McEwen who won in the Porsche 991 after finishing fifth overall with Paul Bailey close behind in second. GT Cup newbie Joe Tuckey took third in his In2Racing Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car with Jeff Wyatt fourth in the Lamborghini Gallardo.

 

“I'm really pleased to get the win,” said a relieved McEwen. “The safety car period broke the race up a bit and I struggled to get my tyres back up to temperature afterwards – it’s hard to get the pressures back up in the 991 – but I managed to maintain the gap to Paul (Bailey) behind me and I was very happy.”

Race One Results

Media release: 28th May 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Group        
Driver                               Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
GTO
Richard Chamberlain
Porsche 935
25:13.346

2 GTO
Riley/Downing
Lous Evora GTE
25:13.677
0.331
3 GTO
Jordan Witt
Bentley Continental GT3
25:19.218
5.872
4 GTO
Burgan/Bell
Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3
25:55.851
36.633
5 GTC
Paton/McEwan
Porsche 911
25:56.988
43.642
6 GTO
Dhillon/Scott
Ferrari 458 GT3
26:10.507
57.161
7 GTC
Neil Huggins
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570
26:11.498
58.152
8 GTB
Warren Gilbert
Marcos Mantis
26:11.963
58.617
9 GTO
Hudson/Wilcox
Audi R8 GT3
26:15.549
1:02.203
10 GTB
Evans/Bradshaw
Porsche 997 GT3
25:37.039
1 Lap
11 GTB
Christopher/Christopher
Ferrari 430 Challenge
25:56.227
1 Lap
12 GTA
Anderson/Black
Ginetta G55
25:58.859
1 Lap
13
GTA
Webb/Webb
BMW M3 E46 GTR
25:59.083
1 Lap
14 GTA
Daniel O'Brien
Ginetta G55
26:01.650
1 Lap
15 GTA
Milleage/Feakins
Ginetta G55
26:04.388
1 Lap
16 GTA
Hawkey/Hawkey
Porsche Cayman GT4
26:13.139
1 Lap
17 GTC
Bailey/Schultz
Ferrari 458 Challenge
26:00.462
2 Laps
18 GTB
Andrew Baker
Porsche 997 GT3
26:01.247
2 Laps
19 GTA
Whale/Mackinnon
Porcshe Cayman GT4
26:17.805
2 Laps
20 GTA
Gibbs/Horlor
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
25:43.593
3 Laps
21 GTA
Nevinson/Nevinson
Porsche Cayman GT4
25:54.166
3 Laps
22 GTO
Nelson/Carroll
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
26:10.061
3 Laps
DNF
GTB
Mark Smith
Porsche 997 GT3
24:45.028
2 Laps
DNF GTB Fairbrother/Dawson Porsche 997 GT3 7:41.347 16 Laps

 

Fastest lap:

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GTC -

GTB -

GTA -

 

Shock exit for Chamberlain as Webster takes maiden GTA win

Media release: 28th May 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

The second sprint race of the day at Silverstone saw some hotly contested battles throughout the field. Jordan Witt won from Darren Nelson, after a suspension failure from early leader Richard Chamberlain put the Porsche 935 driver out just a couple of laps into the race. Chamberlain, who won the first race of the day, was holding off Witt before he slowed down on the Wellington Straight and handed the lead to the Bentley on a plate.

 

“We both had our strengths and weaknesses around this circuit,” said Witt. “Mine was on the brakes, his down the straights, and I think with the oil being down he was slightly more cautious then I was, I threw a bit of hazard to the wind and went for it around turn one to try run up behind him and keep the pressure on. At first I thought it was a blow out so I was a bit scared to see where he might end up, but it’s a shame to see because it ruined the battle that was brewing for the rest of the race. So I’m just a bit gutted really.”

 

That didn’t put rest to the action however, as the GTC group has a four-car scrap for first between Ross McEwen, Paul Bailey, Neil Huggins and Joe Tuckey. Bailey, who was seventh overall managed to get a good start and hold off McEwen as the pair crossed the line separated by 0.252s.

 

“It was really exciting, I managed to get past the Lambo at the very start, which was really, really good,” said Bailey. “Then I just had as clean a race as I could. They made the odd mistake, I made some mistakes and gained on them and in the end I won. I wouldn’t want every race to be like that though, I bet the audience do but that was hard work!”

 

Nigel Armstrong took his first win in the GTB group after fending off Tom Webb. It seemed the shorter circuit layout allowed Armstrong to utilise the Porsche 997’s full potential on the straights, which kept him ahead by four tenths of a second at the flag with race one podium visitor Jonathan Evans in third.

 

“We knew we had a chance to beat Tom (Webb) who has been ahead of us all season,” said Armstrong. “So the tactic really was to make sure that he didn’t take us at the line because it’s very difficult to pass here, so as long as we get to the front then that was the main aim and we did it.”

 

In the GTA group Sam Webster took a victory only his second GT Cup race, ahead of Daniel O’Brien. Webster finished 14th overall, but only a couple of tenths ahead of O’Brien who closed in on him during the last couple of laps. The group title leading Ginetta of Amanda Black was third.

 

“We struggled a bit with the balance in qualifyin and in the first race, but we knew exactly what to do,” said Webster “I just pulled a big enough gap on him (O’Brien) so I could drive my race. I caught the car that was leading, he defended into turn three and I was just able to out-brake him and hold it around the outside, which then became the inside for Luffield and then do some clean laps. It was great.”

 

Race Two Results

 

Media release: 28th May 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Group Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
         
2            
3            
4
         
5            
6            
7            
8





9





10





11





12





13  



 
14





15





16





17





18





19





20





21  




DNF






DNF






 

Fastest Lap


GTO -

GTC -

GTB -

GTA -

 

Webster takes podium triple as Chamberlain almost foils Witt win

Media release: 29th May 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

Richard Chamberlain made a fantastic start from the outside of the front row to lead pole winner Jordan Witt in the opening laps of the race. Despite dropping to second on the opening lap to Chamberlain, Witt kept the pressure on by making use of the braking lines through the tricky first and last sectors. On lap 11 however, Witt tried an ambitious attempt up the inside of Chamberlain heading into Maggotts which spun the Porsche 935 and allowed Witt to take the lead on forceful terms. Chamberlain's race then went from bad to worse when he later made contact with a back-marker, which forced him to retire.

 

“I thought the battle was good, we were really close at points,” said Witt. “I had a bit of an incident between me and Richard. I haven’t seen it so I don’t really want to comment just yet but it was tight. I think from then we just got into a rhythm and drove our own race.”

 

Behind Witt was The AF Corse Ferrari of John Dhillon and Aaron Scott. With Witt having to serve a 30 second success penalty there was a chance  that the Ferrari in the hands of pro driver Scott might be able to overhaul the Bentley but it was not to be. Adam Wilcox, having taken over from Nigel Hudson, also gave chase in the Audi R8 but as able to take their second pit stop race podium on the trot.

 

In the GTB group Tom Bradshaw had to wrestle his Porsche back into the lead after losing it took the chequered flag after a dice for position with Nigel Armstrong. Jonathan Evans handed over to Bradshaw in the lead, however trouble during his pit stop meant he clawed back the advantage on track during the closing stages of the race. Rounding out the all Porsche podium was Andrew Baker in his Parr Motorsport entered machine.

 

“I got a reasonable start," said Evans. "We had a few challenging issues with the gearbox throughout the race but we managed to work with it and I handed over to Tom in first place. Then we cocked up our pit stop a little bit, but Tom managed to find the extra time back.”

 

Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz had to combat ECU problems throughout the race, with Bailey suffering power steering and various electrical issues when he handed over to Schultz for the final stint. The duo persevered and were able to overcome the mechanical gremlins to take the GTC win. Neil Huggins initially lead the group before pitting to and over to new team  mate Jeff Wyatt. It was at that point that the Ferrari could seize the advantage to take the lead. Also moving up with father and so pairing of Stuart and Lewis Proctor who brought their McLaren 650 Sprint home in second place.

 

“We had a really good qualifying and I was only five hundredths from P1," said Paul. "Then we had a great race until the car kept cutting out. We lost all power so that was power steering, engine power, we had to keep resetting the car, but miraculously we managed to get fastest lap and P1 in the group. With car 74 coming fourth we’ve gained some really valuable points this weekend and I'm looking forward to Rockingham.”

 

Sam Webster drove a superb race to take GTA honours with team mate Jamie Stanley in their Fox Motorsport entered Ginetta. The pairing took victory after overtaking Esmee Hawkey to take the lead with just four laps to go. They were in a scrap with Daniel O’Brien after making a good start in the opening stages of the race, however contact between the two as a faster car came through knocked O’Brien into retirement.

 

“Esmee had 15 seconds less in the pit window, so I just needed to build as much time as I could because we did a really good pitstop,” said Webster. “I was caught by traffic in the right points and trying to dictate where they could pass me and using the quicker traffic as a way to edge away from the competiton. Then it was consistent lap times just banging them in lap after lap.”

 

Stanley added: “It was a good race, Sam did the opening stint and did a solid job and handed the car over with a little bit of lead obviously as a new entry we’ve got this penalty so I was up against it to catch Esmee at the end who drove really well.”

 

The performance would also win Webster the Sonoco Driver of the Weekend award after taking two victories and a third place.

 

Race Three Results

 

Media release: 29th May 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
         
2            
3            
4            
5            
6            
7            
8            
9            
10            
11            
12            
13
           
14            
15            
16            
17            
18            
19            
20          
21          
DNF
         
DNF            

 

Fastest Lap


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GTC -

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GTA -