Cocker and Sugden victorious at Silverstone Jonathan Cocker and Tim Sugden took victory in round 12 of the British GT Championship in mixed weather conditions at Silverstone this afternoon. The Dailysportscar.com Cup Class win went to Marco ...
Cocker and Sugden victorious at Silverstone
Jonathan Cocker and Tim Sugden took victory in round 12 of the British GT Championship in mixed weather conditions at Silverstone this afternoon. The Dailysportscar.com Cup Class win went to Marco Attard and Nick Adams in their Ferrari 360.
Andrew Kirkaldy took the lead at the start of the race as Sugden slotted into second and the other Scuderia Ecosse car of Tim Mullen third. The safety car was scrambled after just two laps when a car put oil down around most of the circuit.
One car to lose out was the Eclipse TVR when Piers Johnson spun at Bridge corner. The marshals were able to get him back onto the circuit as the safety car circulated, but he was already two laps down on the leaders. Mark Sumpter was another early casualty when the JW Racing Porsche suffered a gearbox problem, stranding him out on the circuit.
The weather turned to rain as the safety car was on track and Nigel Greensall took full advantage of the conditions and stormed into the lead. The RSR TVR stayed at the front until he handed over to Lawrence Tomlinson.
As the track conditions got worse the Mosler of Patrick Pearce spun into the gravel at Bridge corner, causing the safety car to take to the track one again. The pit-lane suddenly became a hive of activity as most of the field dived in to change drivers and tyres.
A superb stop by the GruppeM team turned Jonathan Cocker out back into the lead of the race. However, the timing screens were slow to catch up with the leader, and the Porsche of Godfrey Jones was shown as the leader for another three laps before it updated. With Cocker on intermediate tyres he was uncatchable, handing the team its fifth win of the season.
"After I took over from Tim with the intermediates on it was pretty easy, just a case of driving around and keeping everything tidy," said Cocker.
"Jonathan drove a brilliant second stint," added Sugden. "But, the team deserves the most credit today as their call for tyres was just brilliant and it gave us the win."
A brave call by the Scuderia Ecosse team to keep its two Ferraris out on slick as the weather seemed to be improving turned out to be a poor call. Both cars were struggling for grip. However, Nathan Kinch was able to get past team-mate Chris Niarchos to snatch third place.
Neil Cunningham crossed the line as the top Corvette after passing Ricky Cole late in the race, taking fifth place in the process and demoting the Xero car to sixth.
Nick Adams and Marco Attard scored a fantastic victory in the dailysportscar.com Cup Class. The Ferrari was incredibly quick in the wet conditions and after the pit-stops it held onto third overall. Michael Caine had a great opening stint in the JW Racing Porsche 911 GT3-Cup car. Peter Chambers drove well to close the gap to the Ferrari in the closing stages of the race, but was pleased to take second after a non-finish in the first race.
Race one winners Adam Wilcox and Ni Amorim took advantage of the safety car periods to take third place, moving them further into the lead of the Championship.
"It was great fun out there, I was really enjoying it," said Attard. "I just concentrated on keeping it all together as the circuit was incredibly greasy."
"This makes up for the first race," said Chambers. "The whole team has had some bad luck this weekend but we're happy with this result," he added.
British GT Championship -- Round 12
Silverstone -- Result:
1 Sugden/Cocker Porsche GT3-RSR 1h00m32.436s
2 Jones/Jones Porsche GT3-RS 1h01m01.863s
3 Kinch/Kirkaldy Ferrari 360 Modena 1h02m01.029s
4 Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari 360 Modena 1h02m14.269s
5 Cook/Cunningham Corvette C5R 1h02m36.804s
6 Cole/LeBas Corvette C5R 1h00m35.776s
1 Attard/Adams Ferrari 360 Modena 1h01m33.164s
2 Chambers/Caine Porsche GT3-Cup 1h01m37.530s
3 Wilcox/Amorim Ferrari 360 1h02m14.613s
4 Kershaw/Whight Lotus Sport Elise 1h01m18.223s
5 Beighton/Finnemore Marcos Mantis 1h01m36.138s
6 Horton/Hooker Corvette C5 1h01m37.648s