Fergus Walkinshaw equalled his best ever Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup class result after a great recovery drive from the back of the grid netted him fifth in class in Round 22, the result a highlight of a mixed weekend at Rockingham.
Walkinshaw's weekend started in disappointing fashion when a tyre issue prevented him qualifying higher than thirteenth place, before his driveshaft snapped approaching the grid for Round 21, leaving the 20 year old stuck on the grid and out of the race.
With the driveshaft replaced, the Oxfordshire racer made a solid start from sixteenth on the grid in Round 22, emerging from the opening lap thirteenth and in the battle for tenth. For the first time this season, the race featured a mandatory 92 second pit stop and Walkinshaw timed his pitstop perfectly when stuck in heavy traffic.
A faultless pitstop allowed him to emerge in eighth overall, before a flying lap saw him jump a rival coming out of the pits to take seventh. With a new set of tyres saved from qualifying now on his G55, Walkinshaw pounded in quick lap times to maintain the spot and take seventh overall and fifth in the G55 class, matching his best result from Round 19 at Knockhill.
Walkinshaw said: “I'm really pleased with my round 22 result and scoring another fifth place class finish. The tyre issue and driveshaft failure yesterday was rather frustrating, but that's racing and the main thing is that I bounced back to get another race finish under my belt.
“Some significant set up changes for today's race made a huge difference to the handling of the car which gave me the confidence to push. Rockingham isn't one of my favourite circuits and we're still developing the car. Each circuit demands a completely different set up and Rockingham was only my third race meeting driving the G55, so it's naturally going to take time to build that experience and have more confidence in the race set up.
“I think we coped really well with our first pit stop race. We got the strategy just right and the crew did a great job. The car just got better and better and although the tyres were naturally falling off towards the end of the race I was still able to set my personal best lap time.
“If the race had run to the full 30 minute distance I think I would have had a good shot at taking sixth overall, but I'm still happy with the result. Every round is a fresh learning curve and I'm enjoying the challenge.”