British GT heads north to Knockhill After a storming start to the season with a victory at Oulton Park, the CR Scuderia team heads to Knockhill this week for rounds three and four of the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Tight and...
British GT heads north to Knockhill
After a storming start to the season with a victory at Oulton Park, the CR Scuderia team heads to Knockhill this week for rounds three and four of the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
Tight and twisty Knockhill is hard work in a GT car and it is a track where local knowledge can really help lap times. CR Scuderia tested at Knockhill straight after the Oulton Park rounds, with Andrew Kirkaldy on hand to share his knowledge of the Scottish track with the CRS British GT drivers.
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.15: Michael Cullen & Paddy Shovlin PADDY SHOVLIN: "Michael and I loved our first British GT race meeting and were delighted to win the first race. It's a very competitive championship so we had to work hard for the win and we know it will get harder from here on in. Knockhill is a tricky one but we love a challenge. Michael tested there a couple of weeks ago and I was up there myself recently to have a look at the track as I've not been there before. The Circuit Manager, Ian Forrest, showed me around; he knows every inch of that track so I couldn't have had a better teacher. Not even Kirkaldy!"
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.14: James Sutton & Michael Meadows
MICHAEL MEADOWS: "I enjoy racing at Knockhill as it is very challenging and there is no rest for the drivers. In fact the track is so enjoyable it's easy to overdrive and what you think is fast is often not the case. My previous races here have been in single-seaters and I have found in the GT car we can take more kerb and be more aggressive as the car is less pitch sensitive. Having said that there is a lot less space with the GT car as it is almost the same width as the track!
"From what I've seen so far I love this championship; there is a great mix of cars and drivers and plenty of personalities. For now I'm just trying to keep focused on what me and James can do to improve because we are both still learning the car, whereas some teams have run for years in the championship. It's quite a change from what I'm used to as usually I just focus on being quick in F3; if you are fast then you will do well but it's not the case in GTs so the sooner I adapt to that the better I think. We certainly go to some of the most challenging circuits in the UK and hopefully all will be good for the rest of the year. Oulton Park was frustrating for us as we never got the chance to challenge the le aders but hopefully we will have the luck this time."
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.16: Luke Hines & Jeremy Metcalfe
JEREMY METCALFE: "Knockhill is a very quick, exciting track. It's short in length but it has all types of corners and gradients so it keeps you honest. I feel confident that Luke and I can seriously challenge for both wins at Knockhill. Luke has a good record there from touring cars, and I have already driven it in a GT3 car. Although I didn't drive, the team has tested at Knockhill and it was a productive test so I'm looking forward to the races. It's a very different proposition in a GT car, compared to single-seaters. I was lucky enough to drive the guest car at Knockhill in the Porsche Carrera Cup last year. It was a steep learning curve but, by the end of the weekend, I was right on the pace so hopefully that bodes well for the British GT races.
"I'm really enjoying being part of the British GT Championship. It's such a different atmosphere to what I have experienced before. I like being part of a larger team and CR Scuderia has, and is continuing to, help me adapt to the new surroundings. You work much closer with your engineers in GTs than in what I have experienced before and this is great because it helps me understand the car and its behaviour more, enabling us to get the maximum out of the car."