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BGTC: Ryan Hooker Silverstone summary

Ryan Hooker: Digs Deep and is Rewarded at Silverstone Ryan Hooker (Upminster, Essex) won admiration at Silverstone for Rounds 11 and 12 of the British GT Championship this weekend with a set of strong drives. Securing their best pair of finishes...

Ryan Hooker: Digs Deep and is Rewarded at Silverstone

Ryan Hooker (Upminster, Essex) won admiration at Silverstone for Rounds 11 and 12 of the British GT Championship this weekend with a set of strong drives. Securing their best pair of finishes to date, Ryan and Team Jensen came away from the famous circuit with two points scoring finishes, a sign of marked improvement in the Corvette.

The Silverstone three day event was a packed affair with the 6Hour LMES race on the Saturday bringing some of the world's best sportscar drivers to the home of British Motor Racing and it certainly proved inspiring for Ryan. "Watching the LMES was a great opportunity and I admit I just wanted to join in!" said Ryan, "and of course it was great to see a fellow Essex driver, Jonny Herbert, do well."

With future ambitions in mind, Ryan got down to work and produced a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday to put the team fifth in class.

Ryan started Race 1 on Sunday in dry conditions and got a good start. "I had a strong start" said Ryan, "it probably surprised a few people but improvements to the car have been made. Grip falling away is still a factor though so as the race panned out I was able to fight at the level I would have liked to. I pitted two laps sooner than planned as I suddenly experienced understeer at Bridge and the front left tyre needed to be changed. Luckily the timing fell quite kind and we could do our driver change too."

Ryan was originally going to be partnered by Mark Jones this weekend but he could sadly not make the event meaning Paul Horton stepped into the breach. Paul continued to suffer some understeer but brought the car home safely for 7th place in class, the best performance until that point but more was to come in Race 2.

For Race 2, Paul took the wheel and within two laps the heavens opened and there was an oil spill on the circuit meaning difficult conditions for all. A number of safety car periods followed leading to much confusion for all involved and leading to a post race appeal by some competitors. In what some commentators have called 'a shambles', those on track had to get on with the race as best as possible in the wet and confusing conditions. Paul handed over to Ryan at 25 minutes who relished the challenge.

"It was patchy off line" Ryan said, "but the cars were soon generating a dry line. I had a good battle with the Macros challenging for fifth towards the end though we were just shy of the power needed to nail the position."

Finishing sixth (three points) was an able demonstration of Ryan's abilities to drive a developing car. As commented on by Team Boss, Jensen Lunn ""Ryan has been a credit to our team and a key player in the development of the car. He is always quick and his feedback is second to none."

-www.ryanhooker-racing.co.uk

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Series GT
Drivers Ryan Hooker , Mark Jones