The Trackspeed team are hoping their rotten luck at the start of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship changes this weekend, with the team’s two Porsche 997 GT3 R among the field to take on the three hour enduro at Silverstone.
The season so far – two 60-minute races at Oulton Park followed by a single two-hour encounter at Rockingham – have been marked by contact taking out the team’s pair of cars.
While Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw were able to leave the curtain raising Oulton weekend with a second place among their results teammates Jody Firth and Warren Hughes were kept from finishing either race during a weekend when three separate accidents lent their weekend a bent and broken feel.
There was little improvement at Rockingham when both cars were taken out of contention for the points’ paying positions by contact in the opening laps as they tried to extricate themselves from the busy midfield pack.
Since the May Day bank holiday weekend at Rockingham the team have been working, part of their aim to avoid a repeat of the disappointing qualifying performance at Rockingham that contributed to their downfall that weekend.
“We’ve had two tests since Rockingham,” said team manager Keith Cheetham. “Where we have developed brand new set-ups for the cars. This should help us compete with the upgrades other cars have had this year, so we feel we have a good shot at moving forward at Silverstone. We went well there last year and at some point could do with a little luck. I think this could be it! We will be going for podiums with both cars this weekend, anything short of this will be a disappointment.”
www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have full coverage of the Silverstone 500 weekend with reports from each of the British GT sessions, and live blog coverage of the full three hour race itself. The race will also be televised live on MotorsTV.