Sharpe Takes Podium Finish at Bahrain GT Festival
In a weekend of drama, Adam Sharpe took a podium finish in the Tech 9 GT2 Porsche RS at the Bahrain GT Festival together with co-driver Rob Croydon. Sharpe lined up to take the start 5th on the grid in class and 12th overall following Croydon's pre-final qualifying performance where he brought the Porsche from P46 to P12. This had been the first time the Tech 9 car had been raced and tested, having missed the first two qualifying races due to a fuel pump failure that required the team to fly out brother and manager Toby Sharpe with spares. All worthwhile, though, as Sharpe stormed to P6 overall through the first turn of the race.
"I just stayed on the outside of the pack and the Porsche made short work of the GT2 class leaders and several GT1 cars" recalls Sharpe. "Shame I got a tap from behind that put me on the marbles coming out of turn 12 - a spinning combination! Even so, I was able to hand the car to Rob in a respectable position after it had come back through the field and most of the Class and he nailed P3 in GT2 Class for a podium finish and 10th overall. What a fantastic way to end the Festival after we thought the previous day that we wouldn't be turning a wheel. Brother Toby was the real hero of the hour!"
With this event providing a stunning finale to Sharpe's Team Championship season in British GT; it was probably the most dramatic way for the two brothers to announce their management alliance going into the 2005 season. "It's been an event waiting to happen" says Toby. "We're both ready now to join forces and work together to optimise on Adam's 2004 successes and we're considering prototype opportunities as well as Australian V8s." Sharpe's dual UK-OZ nationality status makes him an ideal prospect for the superb V8 series in Australia where coach and adviser Neil Cunningham is this week considering opportunities.
The final word on the Bahrain Festival: "A remarkable experience - and one that not only we but, I'm sure, all the participating teams would want to repeat" said Toby. "We shall be delighted to help in any way we can to achieve that."