British GT Brands Hatch


Pic: Jakob Ebrey

I was really looking forward to racing on the Brands GP circuit for the first time since 2012 - it's my favourite UK track and there aren't many opportunities to race or test there. I got up to speed pretty quickly and we tried a setup change in the first free practice. After going through our data and comparing it to the sister car, we decided to make some further changes for FP2. This transformed the car which was reflected in us being the quickest Aston Martin in that session. Qualifying was held later in the afternoon, but it was still warm and sunny. The combination of mine and Andrew's times put us sixth on the grid which we were happy with and I was sure we could move forward as our race pace was good. Sunday morning was again bright and sunny but our warm up was curtailed by some loose bodywork which was swiftly rectified by the TF Sport guys. It was a busy morning with sponsorship duties, showing people around the car etc. I live half an hour down the road from Brands, so it was nice to see so many familiar faces!

Andrew made a good start to the race and looked comfortable in sixth place in the opening laps. This became fourth after an incident out on track and he started to threaten the third place Barwell BMW Z4, following it closely for a few laps. He made a move into Clearways on lap 10 which resulted in contact and the car spinning into the gravel on the exit of the corner. Andrew made it back to the pits but the car was retired as a result of the trip to the gravel. It was really disappointing not to even get in the car especially as it felt better than it had all year. We definitely had the pace for a good result as borne out by the podium for the sister car, so hopefully we can carry that on to Snetterton. As always a top job by the TF Sport guys - we'll keep pushing!