Surrey race ace Aaron Scott (www.aaronscott.co.uk) and his Master Motorsport team mate Steven Brady were at Brands Hatch on Sunday for the final round of the British GT Championship.
The team set to work early on Thursday as Steven tested the car, whilst Aaron joined the team for the Friday official test day. The team made a number of set up changes and both drivers were extremely pleased with the cars handling and 'balance'.
Free practice on Saturday morning saw the car 7th fastest with Aaron at the wheel and the team felt that with new tyres, they would be on pace for qualifying. Unfortunately on the first lap out of the pits the gearbox seized forcing the team to start from the back of the grid for Sundays' race.
Frantic overnight repairs saw the gearbox rebuilt for Sunday and Steven started the race with promise as he worked his way up the order in the 29-car field before handing over to Aaron. Unfortunately Steven had begun to lose gears, so despite a strong effort from Aaron taking the car up to 6th place, the Ultima stuck in 4th gear and then lost all gears forcing the team into retirement.
Aaron commented, "Obviously we are very disappointed to have had to retire from the final race of the season. The gearbox has been the achilles heel of this car, but for that we had a great car today and I feel it cost us a place on the podium. I have enjoyed working with the team this year and would like to thank my sponsors Omnico and Aerospace Fasteners for their support as I look forward to 2004."
Aaron plans to stay in the British GT Championship next season.