Northamptonshire sportscar racer, Jamie Derbyshire was denied a chance of challenging for the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Sunday September 28) after a collision from a rival ended his race on the third lap. The ...
Northamptonshire sportscar racer, Jamie Derbyshire was denied a chance of challenging for the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Sunday September 28) after a collision from a rival ended his race on the third lap.
The Spirit Volkswagen backed driver had started the race from pole position for the final round of the season but had dropped down to third behind one of the works backed TVR's and a GT class Porsche as they came across the line for the first time.
The second factory TVR was behind Jamie as he got to the first corner on lap three, where he saw waved yellow flags indicating that there might be a problem at that part of the track. As he took a wide line into the corner, in case the circuit wasn't clear, the TVR tried to overtake from a long way behind and could not stop as they went into the corner. The contact put Jamie into the gravel trap and out of title contention as his championship rivals were behind him on the road.
"I am so disappointed to be taken out of the race by someone who obviously didn't care about the championship." Explained Jamie, "We have worked so hard all season and for the title to go down to the wire was big for the series and the fans. It is a shame that they did not get to see a great battle today through the mistake of someone who was just having a one-off race." He added.
The Balfe Motorsport Mosler MT900R has been the dominant car all through the season, taking seven pole positions and winning six out of the eleven races during the year. A great rookie season in GT racing has seen Derbyshire battle for the title and be named as one of the best young drivers in British sportscar racing.
"I have had a great season and have really enjoyed my first year in GT racing. Obviously the end to the year is not what we wanted and it is a disappointment to get so close and finish the year like this. However, the team has worked incredibly well together and we have had some great highs during 2003." He says.
With the season now officially over, Jamie is now starting to think about next year and what challenges might lay ahead.
"I really haven't given a great deal of thought as to what I will be doing next year." He says, "We will be looking at various options that are open to us over the winter and the team have a few ideas of what they might like or be able to do. We are not doing the 24 hour race in Australia now, as the timescale might affect some of the plans we have." He added.