Fisken grabs pole, podium and fastest lap on British GT comeback Gregor Fisken underlined his raw pace on returning to the British GT championship fold at Rockingham last weekend which yielded a pole position, second place finish and fastest ...
Fisken grabs pole, podium and fastest lap on British GT comeback
Gregor Fisken underlined his raw pace on returning to the British GT championship fold at Rockingham last weekend which yielded a pole position, second place finish and fastest lap.
The Forfar-born racer was making his first modern motorsport appearance of the season in Northamptonshire just a week after competing at the Le Mans Classic. And he once again proved swapping between machinery old and new posed few problems by qualifying the Rollcentre Racing Mosler MT900 on pole position for race one.
Fisken took the start of the first race, leading throughout the opening stint before handing over to team mate Martin Short comfortably clear at the front. But an unfortunate pit stop timing error was to deny the pair a perfect result when Short was called into to serve a drive-through penalty.
That allowed the pursuing Trackspeed Porsche into the lead which, despite Short's best efforts, took the chequered flag just five seconds clear.
Their disappointment of missing out on certain victory aside, the crew's second place ensured that Fisken maintained his impressive run of four British GT podium finishes, including two victories, in his last seven outings.
Race two meanwhile once again demonstrated the team's pace, even though the result was less than they had hoped for.
This time it was Short's turn to start at the wheel of the Mosler which was amongst the four-car battle for the lead before it came together with Alex Mortimer's RPM Motorsport Ford GT. Both were forced into the pits with damage, the subsequent repair work costing Fisken, who was then installed, three laps and any chance of another podium.
The flying Scotsman's storming recovery drive, despite having to battle with power steering issues, did at least reduce Rollcentre's arrears to just one lap by the finish where they were classified sixth in class.
"I'm very pleased with how the weekend went," said Gregor. "I love racing the historics but it was fantastic to be back in the modern machinery, especially in a championship like British GT where the standard of competition is so high. The cars are also so close with any number capable of winning. I think it partly comes down to driver combinations. Martin and I are very close time-wise which helps the partnership and served us well this weekend.
"I'd love to do the rest of the series but other commitments mean that we're looking at the Snetterton and Donington rounds. There's also a chance to do the Britcar 24 hour race at Silverstone."