Double pole, victory and lap record for the Ford GT Matech! Following on from a fantastic double victory in the FIA GT3 European cha mpionship at Monza, the young Brits Bradley Ellis and Alex Mortimer were back on English soil this weekend for...
Double pole, victory and lap record for the Ford GT Matech!
Following on from a fantastic double victory in the FIA GT3 European cha mpionship at Monza, the young Brits Bradley Ellis and Alex Mortimer were back on English soil this weekend for the first appearance of the Ford GT Matech, competing in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, at the Snetterton circuit. These two drivers were in top form for this meeting, clocking up the best lap times during the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, on a rain soaked track. But in no way could the weather conditions deter these Matech GT Racing drivers, as was proven by the pole positions respectively claimed by Alex Mortimer (1'18"846) and Bradley Ellis (1'17"968).
And it was under pouring rain on late Saturday afternoon that the start was given for the first race, with Mortimer managing to retain the lead. The young Brit held on to this valuable position until the compulsory pit-stop of 45"... with an additional 30" for the Ford GT, non-regular competitor in the championship! Having set best lap time at the beginning of the race, the driver at the wheel of the power beast built and developed by Matech GT Racing enjoyed a 10 seconds lead in the first 12 laps... before the Safety-Car put in an appearance, reducing the hard work put in to nothing. Ellis took over the relay from Mortimer, and after the 75" of immobilisation, he found himself back on track in 14th spot. After only a few laps this young 21 year old lion was back in the top 10, followed by some exceptional driving skills which brought him up into 2nd place one lap from the flag. Notwithstanding a fabulous rush in the final lap Ellis took the chequered flag in 2nd spot, a mere 0"6 behind the victorious Viper!
On Sunday the sun was back over Snetterton, the ideal opportunity for Bradley Ellis to take control of the race, absolutely flying.and beating the GT3 lap record during the 6th lap. As was the case the previous day, the Ford GT Matech boasted a 10 seconds advantage when the race was neutralised. Once the restart was given the young Englishman was soon out front once again, handing over the wheel to Mortimer with a 17 seconds lead. Notwithstanding the time penalty, identical to the previous day, Alex managed to get back on track in 2nd place, some 9 seconds down on the leader. Four laps later the Ford GT blasted its way through to take the lead and clinch another victory, and the first in the British GT championship.
"An absolutely brilliant weekend!", Martin Bartek, the Matech GT Racing team owner commented. "We could hardly have wished for more than this podium place and first victory in the British Championship. Had it not been for the appearance of the Safety-Car on Saturday, that first race would have most probably been ours also. All the same I'm delighted with the result. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RPM team for their excellent preparation, and the performance shown. In all honesty I could not have imagined two better drivers for the Ford GT's big debut on British soil. Both Brad and Alex put in a stunning performance."
Two drivers who will be back to compete in the FIA GT3 European championship at the Oschersleben circuit on 5th and 6th July.