Donington debut ends in disaster for Nathan Heathcote

by Denis Hardy

Nathan Heathcote’s 2019 Miller Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup Donington Park debut did not go according to plan, resulting in less points than he had hoped for and a wrecked car.

The Am Class championship challenger, put a time of 1:20.622s in qualifying to put him fourth on the Am class grid, in wet conditions. Not where he wanted to be, but optimistic that the weekend would improve.

Race one was frustrating for everyone, with the safety car making two appearances, only 5 laps of actual racing took place. After he took to the grass to avoid an incident ahead, the Century Motorsport driver lost out but managed to regain the lost places in the remaining time, eventually coming home third in class.

The second race, saw Heathcote leading the Am class, before clipping a wet kerb, the resulting spin saw him dropped down the field, finishing seventh in class after rejoining.

In Sunday’s race, Heathcote was going well making his way through the field to take second in class, then ultimately first spot, before getting caught up in Fin Green’s huge accident. Hitting a rebounding Paul Taylor, Heathcote spun into the wall and ended up with a broken car. Happily everyone walked away from the incident.

“That was a pretty disastrous weekend to be honest!” said Heathcote. “We managed to lead two of the races but got caught up in other people’s accidents the last of which was a pretty big one.

“I was really enjoying Donington Park, it’s a great circuit so I’m a bit gutted to have come away with so little.

“We now have plenty of time to think before the next race at Croft, which can’t come soon enough to be honest.”

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