Ginetta takes podium finish in European GT4 Cup season opener Cheshire driver Christian Dick took a podium finish in yesterday' second European GT4 Cup race at Silverstone in his Spedworks-run Ginetta G50. The European championship for GT4...
Ginetta takes podium finish in European GT4 Cup season opener
Cheshire driver Christian Dick took a podium finish in yesterday' second European GT4 Cup race at Silverstone in his Spedworks-run Ginetta G50.
The European championship for GT4 cars began on the new Silverstone Grand prix circuit where two Ginetta G50s were on the grid: Dick's Speedworks car that had won in the G4 class of British GT at Oulton Park at Easter and the IMS Motorsport car of Matt Nicoll-Jones/Hunter Abbott.
In the first of the two 40-minute races, Dick qualified eighth with Abbott qualifying ninth. Christian made a god start to join the battle for second place overall which included the Aston Martin GT4 of Michael Mallock and the Nissan 350Z of Lucas Ordonez. The races featured mandatory pit stops and after the 70-second stops were completed, Dick ran fourth and took third from Mallock with a bold move at Club Corner. He battled past Ordonez to take second and was thrilled with the result but was later excluded from the results after the car was found to be one per cent under the regulation weight limit.
The IMS Motorsport car of Abbott/Nicoll-Jones had an early-race spin at the new Loop section of the circuit and Abbott lost a lot of time as he rejoined the circuit. That condemned him to 13th place but he MN-J was up to ninth after the pit stops and soon moved up the order as the double Ginetta G20 champion started to turn in quick lap times. With the exclusion of the Speedworks car, IMS Motorsport celebrated sixth place.
Race two on Sunday started with the cars in the same grid places, despite a separate qualifying session. From eighth, Dick gained ground over the opening few corners and Nicoll-Jones, starting in the IMS car, latched on to his tail. They battled for fourth place and Nicoll-Jones took it at Stowe Corner on lap two. He then set of in pursuit of the BMW M3 of Menno Kuus while Dick came under pressure from the Porsche 91 of Mathijs Harkema. The Porsche moved past both Ginettas but contact was made with Kuus and Harkema suffered a puncture which allowed the two G50s back up the order and when Kuus fell into the gravel at Club they were up to second and third.
Abbott relieved Nicoll-Jones and was second after the stops with Dick, running in the same set of tyres as race one, in fourth. However, the IMS Motorsport team copped a one second stop-go penalty for a pit stop infringement and that dropped the car to sixth place. Dick, his worn tyres preventing him from running at the same pace as in race one, took third behind two Aston Martin GT4s.
Dick said: "I was really surprised by what happened yesterday. We just don't understand where that difference in weight came from. This third place today is a perfect answer to the bad luck we experienced yesterday. I also enjoyed the racing, with all the different makes and the close competition! I've had the time of my life!"
Dick was racing as a guest drive and hence is not registered for points but the IMS Motorsport car lies fifth in the championship after the opening two rounds.