Trackspeed and Ecurie Ecosse Double Up

 14th Jul 2014

The international stage of the British GT saw Trackspeed and Ecurie Ecosse take their second GT3 wins of the season. With the Mobil 1 Service Centre Master of the Weekend award was given to Jake Giddings for his weekend-long strong and consistent performance in the #407 Beechdean AMR Aston.

The Trackspeed Porsche combo of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen were victorious in the #63 car in the morning 60 minute race, which saw many teams caught out by fitting wet tyres to leave the pit lane for what turned out to be a predominantly dry circuit. Trackspeed ­ who changed the #63 car to dry tyres after the first formation lap ­ led home the Oman Racing Team Astons, with the #4 Ahmad Al Harthy / Michael Caine car taking second and the #5 Jeff Smith / Rory Butcher car taking third.

The second race at Spa-Francorchamps in the WP Racing fuelled British GT Championship saw Marco Attard and Alexander Sims bounce back from a podium-less race one in the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 to win a race disrupted by two safety cars.

AHoyThe #79 BMW successfully beat Chris Hoy and Wolfgang Reip's #80 Nissan Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3 to first, but the duo did secure Hoy and Reip's first British GT podium. Not only did Hoy take his first podium finish, it was also his first time racing at Spa.

“I was blown away by the circuit,” said Hoy. “Seeing Eau Rouge in the flesh, so to speak, is a bit like seeing a velodrome banking for the first time. It’s a lot steeper that it looks on TV. The first time you drive towards Eau Rouge with your foot flat to the floor is a real eye-opener. It isn’t just Eau Rouge though; there are some amazing high-speed corners and it really suits the GT-R.”

After his success at Spa, Hoy moves up to 13th in the drivers’ championship. At the top of the standings a new leader has emerged from the weekend’s action, Marco Attard is the new British GT3 drivers’ championship leader on 130.5 points.