Tom Wrigley has expressed his relief and elation after securing the 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title during a nail-biting season finale at Brands Hatch GP.
Having previously held a 109 point championship lead after race three at Knockhill back in August, Wrigley headed into the final meeting of the season with just a 24 point advantage over Will Burns.
That lead would be cut further during a difficult Saturday at Brands for Wrigley though, who converted a worst qualifying performance of the season of tenth into hard-fought seventh and eighth place finishes.
Knowing therefore that he needed to either finish ahead of Burns or directly behind him to win the title, Wrigley was a man on a mission in the live televised finale and pulled off some early moves to climb into fourth.
Running directly behind his title rival, Wrigley placed him under immense pressure over the second half of the race, before decisively following him past Jack Mitchell in a heart-stopping moment at Paddock Hill Bend on the final lap.
Maintaining that third position to the chequered flag for his sixteenth podium of the season would be enough to secure him the title by three points – much to the joy of the 24 year old and his Rob Boston Racing team.
“I’m absolutely elated. To come down to the final lap of the last race of the season, and to pull off that move, it’s incredible and there was nothing left in the tank after that, we gave it everything we could,” said Wrigley.
“We made it through and I’m over the moon. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Rob Boston is the best engineer in the championship and he and all the team have done an incredible job through thick and thin all year.
“The season has been filled with so many incredible moments, with the hat-tricks at Donington Park and Knockhill, the run of thirteen consecutive podium finishes and now winning the title. It’s absolutely amazing.”