British GT Rockingham
Pic: Jakob Ebrey
A points finish in ninth was encouraging but two pitstop related stop/go penalties meant finishing a lap down. This was my first visit to Rockingham since British GT in 2012 in the GT4 Ginetta so it took a while to settle down. Our long run pace in FP2 on Saturday was in the ballpark so we were looking forward to settling in to the first two hour race of the season. The combined qualifying time saw us down in a disappointing thirteenth position and our lack of testing at Rockingham was perhaps showing, but with the longer race this was less critical so we thought we could make progress in the race. We were greeted with monsoon conditions on Sunday morning for the 10 minute warmup and ended up fourth quickest but with the forecast for dry weather for the afternoon this didn't count for anything as it was back to slicks when team mate Andrew Jarman started the race in rapidly drying conditions. Andrew negotiated his way safely through the damp opening laps and pitted from tenth place soon after the pit lane opened. I headed out in eleventh place and was back in tenth by the time the pit stops had shaken out. After a few laps I got the radio call that we had to serve a one second stop go penalty for a pit stop that was 0.1 too short, then a few laps later, a further 10 second stop go for another pit stop related incident. This put paid to any prospect of gaining places abut also dropped us into the range of the 22GT Racing Aston of Jon Barnes. With five minutes to go we were nose to tail but I dived past a GT4 car into Gracelands and saw the black Aston spin as it tried to follow me through. From there it was a cruise to the line passing battling GT4 cars who were involved in some serious combat. The next round is at Silverstone which should suit our Aston Martin and it'll be good to move onto more familiar territory.