Pointon perfect as he romps to GT5 Challenge victory


Callum Pointon didn’t put a foot wrong as he romped to Ginetta GT5 Challenge victory at Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps with a lead which at points was more than seven seconds.

At the start Pointon made a clean getaway and saw fellow front row starter James Kellett swallowed up and overtaken by Ollie Chadwick at La Source.

Having a tangle at La Source were Stewart Linn and Russ Simpson, both clashed a ran wide with each man admitting retirement there and then.

Back at the front, Pointon wasted no time in stretching his legs, with Elshimy claiming fourth and sniffing for a podium with Luca Hirst joining him for company.

The GRDC+ class was equally as competitive as Gary Wager leapt into the lead of the more amateur class with Rob Keogh and Ben Hyland scrapping with each other to unseat Wager from his lead.

Indeed Hyland wasted no time in doing just that, moving from third, to second and then first in just a handful of laps as Wager slipped down to fifth in class after he made a mistake on lap 3.

While this battle was going on, Pointon just kept growing his lead with more than six seconds on the clock at one point with Chadwick and Kellett fighting each other too strongly to be able to catch up.

In the GRDC class, Hyland couldn’t emulate Pointon and made a mistake, slipping down to third in class – handing Charles Ferguson the class lead and Keogh maintaining position in second.

As the flag fell, Pointon held onto the lead with the five behind – Kellett, Chadwick, Elshimy, Hirst and Jack Minshaw – all maintaining a close formation behind them.

In GRDC+ Ferguson crossed the line to win, with Hyland managing to regain second place at the expense of Keogh. One time leader Wager had to settle for fourth place in the end.