Strandberg Takes Last Ditch Silverstone Ginetta Victory


Strandberg completes his Silverstone weekend with victory (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

Dennis Strandberg took his second victory of 2014 in race three of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Silverstone.

Strandberg got the better of race two winner George Gamble on the final lap of the race to snatch victory for Academy Motorsport and continue his impressive early season form.

At the start it was eventual 3rd place finisher Ollie Chadwick who got the better of pole man Gamble, after overtaking the Total Control Racing driver on the exit of Vale on the first of the 7 lap race. Strandberg followed through just moments later at Club, whilst his teammate Chris Webster endured opposite fortunes with a spin and subsequent retirement following contact at Becketts.

With the top three escaping , the action behind was between the 6th and 7th placed men Luca Hirst and Frederick Mortensen, with the latter displacing Hirst for 6th early on and en route to another strong result in his debut season.

Ahead of the Hirst/Mortensen duel was that of Brad Bailey and Gary Simms; the experienced pair enjoying a close battle for 4th place honours, going in favour eventually to Simms after a demonstration of great defensive driving from Bailey on his return to the series.

But out front it was Strandberg making headlines after a do-or-die move down the inside of Gamble going into the Arena-complex saw him emerge victorious ahead of race two victor Gamble.

Chadwick came home 3 seconds a shy of the top two in 3rd, ahead of Simms, Bailey, Mortensen, Vic Covey, Hirst, Finley Ratcliffe, and Callum Pointon who rounded out the top ten.

Stuart Pearson made it a clean sweep of victory honours in the G20 class this weekend, finishing 13th overall, and 5 seconds clear of the second G20 home of Brian Murphy.