After their winning start to the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship – in which each of the their three cars won a race each in the first three races of the year – come to a spectacular end at Silverstone Trackspeed will be fighting to make up lost ground in the series’ two 60 minutes races at Snetterton this weekend.
All three of the team’s Porsche 997 GT3R crashed out of the race on the Silverstone Grand Prix track, but returning to a track where they scored a 1-2 in the second race last year hopes are high of a return to winning ways.
“Well, things can only get better after Silverstone!” admitted Nick Tandy, the Porsche factory driver slated to partner David Ashburn in the #31 once again. “The team can’t win all the races so I hope that’s our bad weekend out of the way. The team and the drivers have been doing such a good job with the outright pace of the cars so far – so much so that the organizers have decided to try to slow us down a bit with less aerodynamic force for the next round. So it’s going to be tough to stay at the front but both David and I are confident Snetterton will be a good circuit for the pair of us.”
Despite failing to finish in the endurance races at both Silverstone and Rockingham, Ashburn and Tandy hold second in the championship standings, their 40 points 17.5 markers behind leaders and Silverstone winners Olly Bryant and Marco Attard.
Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will be hoping to snap a run of three retirements this weekend in the Demon Tweeks sponsored #33 car. Though with just the 25 points for victory in the first race of the season to show for their 2013 season thus far a strong weekend at the Norfolk track could bring them back into title contention before the half way point of the season.
Likewise, win just the points for a win at Rockingham to his name points-wise so far this year, another winning weekend for Gregor Fisken would lift him back into the highest places of the standings.
With regular co-driver Richard Westbrook racing in America in the Rolex Series Fisken will be partnered for the weekend by Stephen Jelley.
“It’s always nice to know you’re getting into a front running car and team, and we are going into a race weekend for the win,” said Jelley. “Gregor is a very capable driver and we’ll be putting any bad luck he’s had behind us, were going into the weekend hunting maximum points plain and simple. The tartan monster is coming through!”
“I have put Silverstone behind me and look forward to working with my new team mate for the Snetterton round.” Fisken added. “Whilst a further performance reduction balance served to the Porsches seems inexplicable as no Porsche excelled either at the Silverstone British GT round or at the Blancpain round, we just have to quietly get on with the job of doing the best we can, and hopefully getting the “Tartan Terror” to the finishing line in both races!”