Strandberg Pleased With Supercup Debut Showing

by Simon Paice

Dennis Strandberg “really enjoyed” his first outing in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup last weekend at Rockingham, though has ruled out any more outings in the category this season.

The Ginetta GT5 Challenge front-runner made his debut in the series with regular team Academy Motorsport, and showed strong pace from the off in the competitive BTCC-support series.

Qualifying eleventh in the fourteen car field, the Swedish racer enjoyed a great tussle with fellow newcomer Tom Howard in the opening race, coming out on top for an eighth place finish.

While race two didn’t go as well, a trip across the grass on lap two leading him to park it and retire, Strandberg was generally pleased with his maiden Supercup weekend.

“I’ve really enjoyed the weekend,” said Strandberg. “I couldn’t have done any better with my qualifying performance on Saturday and to feel the difference of a GT4 car compared to my GT5 Challenge machine was fantastic.

“After my mistake early in race two, I didn’t want to harm the car, so felt it was correct to stop it immediately before anything significant occurred. That was a disappointment as I was just getting used to the car and wanted more seat time.”

Strandberg is unlikely to make a return to the category at the remaining two meetings at Silverstone or Brands Hatch GP, but says the outing has been beneficial as he assesses his options for 2015, with the Ginetta GT4 Supercup and the GT4 class in British GT possible avenues.

“I’d like to thank the team for the chance to experience a GT4 Supercup weekend, and although I may not race in it again this year, it certainly gives me an idea of what a GT4 car is like to drive. That will help me in my career decision for 2015,” he added.

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