Tom Sharp twice made commanding drives from the back of the grid after luck deserted him during the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Knockhill.
Sharp headed into the weekend looking to maintain, or possibly extend, his advantage in the championship standings, however his weekend didn’t start to plan, a mistake in wet qualifying leaving him in the gravel.
“I made a big mistake on my first quick lap in qualifying by just taking too much of the curb and that left me in the gravel with no time set,” he said.
Starting dead last for the opening race, Sharp made great progress in torrential conditions to finish up seventh, before continuing his forward motion by working his way through to fourth in race two.
The reverse grid draw for race three put Sharp on pole and the IDL UK with VCARS.co.uk driver made a great start, but chaos reigned behind as stalled car was collected by another. The decision was made to reschedule the race for the end of the day and before that took place, the officials deemed that Sharp’s team needed to fix rear brake lights that were not working on his G55.
In a race to get to the grid in time, Sharp just missed out on taking up his pole position, instead having to start from the back in twelfth. Another great drive through the field saw him end up fifth for some more valuable championship points.
“We were wrongly stopped from taking the start from pole position in the final race on account of the rear brake lights not functioning by the officials but all the team and the guys at Ginetta worked incredibly hard during the race stoppage to replace the fault parts and it at least enabled me to take the start from the pit lane and race up into fifth place and score some valuable points,” a frustrated Sharp concluded.