It’s a busy fortnight for United Autosport’s and JRM’s Matt Bell, who will be taking to the Silverstone Arena circuit in consecutive weekends. First on the agenda is the fourth round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, a three-hour spectacular that will see 48 cars line up on the grid.
Just half a point off the standings leaders, Trackspeed’s David Ashburn and Nick Tandy, Bell and co-driver Mark Patterson will be looking to build on a third place finish in the previous race at Rockingham and claim Silverstone success. So far, the Audi R8 LMS of Bell and Patterson has secured points in every round of the British GT series, and despite additional pit-stop time because of their recent podium result, the Yorkshireman is confident that the team can go even better at Silverstone.
“I think our chances are good this weekend,” he offered in a recent press release. “Mark has been very strong so far this year and I was half a tenth off fastest lap at the last round, despite a glitch with the braking system, so we should be at the sharp end. We are carrying a 10-second penalty because of our third place at Rockingham but hopefully we can make that up across the three-hour race. The Audi has been running very well in the hands of the United Autosports crew so, as long as everyone continues their form, I’m confident we can challenge for a win.”
After fighting it out for 150% points in the British GT Championship, Bell will be returning to Silverstone action in the form of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Piloting the JRM Nissan GTR, Bell is returning to the car after an absence of several weeks. “I haven’t even sat in the Nissan since Monza,” he added in his preview that can be found here. “But the team has been working hard on improving the car during some test days. A team of JRM’s calibre doesn’t like finishing 10th and neither do I so I expect to see some big improvements that will put us at the front. We know the car has the potential – a Nissan led the race in Monza – we just need to make sure it’s us this time.”
You can find out if Bell gets his Silverstone ‘double’ off to a flying start this weekend, by following Racing.GT. There will also be full live coverage of the three-hour race from Silverstone on MotorsTV from 12:30PM on Sunday.