Scuderia Vittoria took positives away from a frustrating final round of this year’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship, missing out on points due a mechanical problem after driver Aaron Scott had record strong lap times in the team’s Ferrari 458.
Much of the team’s problems stemmed from a poor qualifying session. After co-driver John Dhillon had completed his qualifying laps Scott was installed back in the car. However, a brief red flag proved costly for the 2011 GT3B class champion drivers, breaking Scott’s rhythm and leaving him unable to move any further up the order than 12th place for the start of the two hour race that would bring the 2012 season to a close.
Starting the race for the team Dhillon admitted he did not complete a strong stint, falling back to 17th place, a lap down on leaders RJN Motorsport.
“I’m not too sure what happened during the race,” he said, “but I just felt a bit tense and nervous which saw my times drop away from what they were yesterday. It was disappointing to drop down the field but great to see Aaron show the car off at the end amongst the front-runners, and I hopefully look forward to coming back next year and taking another step forward.”
With Scott at the wheel the car moved up the order, taking 12th place when the Speedworks Motorsport Corvette went of McLeans resulting in a short safety car period that trapped Scott a lap down, but put him on track with the race leaders.
Despite his on track company Scott matched the times of the race leaders until exhaust problems brought his season to an end seven minutes ahead of time out of 12th position, a finishing spot rewarded with a single point with two non-points scoring teams in the top ten.
It’s been a very good weekend pace wise for us again, in free practice we were looking very strong,” explained Scott. “I felt annoyed with myself after qualifying as I felt that there was more in the car, and I didn’t put my lap together when it really counted, which was frustrating.”