Simms Takes Gamble for Victory at Rockingham

Simms leapt ahead of Gamble at the start (Credit: Nick Smith)

Gary Simms took a well fought victory in race two of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge round at Rockingham.

Buddy Racing’s Simms made use of a strong start from third on the grid to take the lead, ahead of pole-man and race one winner, George Gamble. The pair endured a race-long battle for the win, with Gamble forcing Simms into a defensive-driving masterclass.

The leading-duo managed to escape the carnage behind, with Mark Davies, Callum Pointon and Ollie Chadwick clattering into each on the entry to the hairpin for the first time.

3rd place was claimed by Danish-hotshot Fredrick Mortensen; the Century Motorsport driver making use of a spirited start to secure his first podium finish of the season, after a lonely drive to 3rd.

Similarly impressive was the battle for 4th place between Dennis Strandberg, Rob Gaffney and Vic Covey, with the trio swapping places hand-over-fist until Academy Motorsport‘s Strandberg made the defining move into the Brook Chicane on lap 8 of 9.

Further down the field was the battle for G20 honours, with Stuart Pearson adding to his growing collection of 2014 victories with a 13th place win overall, ahead of the next G20 finisher in 16th overall, Alexander Preston.

But no-one could overrule Simms for the win, who put his victory down to a good launch from the grid. “I got a really good start which put me into the lead.”

The first weekend [at Oulton] was what they call character building. So this time out we just wanted a solid weekend.”