Massot Gets Season On Track With Donington Win

Pepe Massot has reignited his Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title challenge with two podium finishes, including his first victory of the season, at Donington Park.

Fired up after a nightmare start to the season at Brands Hatch, the 18 year old produced a great performance in wet weather to take the win in the second race of the weekend.

The Spaniard started second on the grid, and produced a great start to grab the lead into Redgate for the first time, however his early advantage was cut short when the safety car appeared.

At the restart, Massot found himself under immense pressure from the earlier race-winner Charlie Robertson, and a great battle developed between the two, with Massot fending him off for victory.

That result came after a frustrating qualifying session, when a red flag meant a pole time 0.3 seconds quicker than anyone else didn’t count. That meant he started race one from fourth, with a quick start moving him up to second, a place he held throughout to the finish.

Race three meanwhile turned out to be a frustrating encounter for him however. While many of his rivals switched from wet to slick tyres before the race, Massot stuck with wet tyres and that proved to be an error. On a drying track, Massot was powerless to prevent a fall to a twelfth place finish.

“We started the weekend 59 points shy of the championship leader I think and we finished it 43 points behind so, in those terms, it’s been an OK weekend,” said Massot.

“The first race was alright considering how qualifying went and how unlucky we were with the pole lap and everything. The second race was very nice, great to win, but the last race was a nightmare – we had no grip with the wet tyres. I had brand new ones and we needed tyres more like intermediates so that didn’t work out.”