KINCH AND KIRKALDY DO THE DOUBLE!
Nathan Kinch and Andrew Kirkaldy completed a perfect run of results at Mondello Park today, sealing yesterday's Championship win with another race victory, their ninth of the season. Team-mates Chris Niarchos and Tim Mullen put up a spirited challenge but had to settle for fifth position after a spin.
Kirkaldy got away well from pole position but Mullen was in hot pursuit and the opening laps saw a terrific scrap between the two Scuderia Ecosse Ferraris, running within half a second of each other. The Safety Car made an appearance on lap seven for a few laps and at the restart the positions remained the same with Kirkaldy pulling out a bit more of a gap.
A rare mistake by Kirkaldy, just after the pit window opened, saw him and Mullen swap positions and the Scot dived into the pits so the grass could be cleared from his radiators and Nathan Kinch could jump into the driving seat. Kinch rejoined with a clear track ahead of him and was able to get right into some fast lap times. Mullen was losing time to backmarkers so to avoid losing the lead he pitted to hand over to Niarchos and hope for a clear track for Chris.
Chris lost time on his out lap when he had an off into the gravel. He rejoined the race in fifth place in the GT2 class. Kinch had the lead and didn't look back until the chequered flag. Another success for the Scottish pairing but disappointment for the sister car. Tim Mullen was offered some consolation as he received the Driver of the Day Award for his fantastic performance in yesterday's race when he finished just two-tenths of a second behind Kirkaldy. The car 34 duo will be out for a win at Silverstone when the British GT Championship arrives for the final two rounds of the series in three weeks time.
Stewart Roden, Team Principal:
"This has been a fantastic weekend for the team. We've had a great year and we've enjoyed every minute of it. I'm delighted for Nathan and Andrew, getting the double win but I also feel for Chris and Tim as I know how much they wanted the victory today. I think Silverstone will be a lot of fun and we'll see some more close racing between these two cars." <pre> RACE RESULT (Round 11): 1. Kinch/Kirkaldy Ferrari 360 GTC Scuderia Ecosse GT2 1:00:17.192 2. Jordan/Caine Porsche GT3 RSR Eurotech GT2 +14.610 3. Collins/Cunningham Porsche GT3 RSR Embassy Racing GT2 +15.114 4. Jones/Jones Porsche GT3 Eurtech GT2 +58.875 5. Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari 360 GTC Scuderia Ecosse GT2 +1:31.212
Fastest Lap: Kirkaldy 1:41.565 on lap 12
Pole Position: Kirkaldy 1:39.777