Matt Bell will be spending a lot of time at Silverstone over the next couple of weeks as he competes in two different events at the home of the British Grand Prix.
This weekend (25/26 May) Matt is racing the United Autosports Audi R8 LMS ultra in the British GT Championship. The Silverstone round consists of a single three-hour race so Matt and his team-mate Mark Patterson will have just one shot at the podium. Sitting just shy of the championship lead, Matt and Mark will be going all out to take maximum points this weekend.
“I think our chances are good this weekend,” said Matt. “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.”
Matt will get behind the wheel of the JRM Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car the following weekend (1/2 June) for Round Two of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Will racing on the same track two weekends in a row give him an advantage?
“It’s always good to get seat time round a circuit,” he explained. “So a competitive race weekend before the Blancpain round will definitely be of benefit. The two cars are very different to drive though; the Audi is mid-engined and the Nissan front-engined so the weight distribution is different, as are a number of other factors, but in the end the aim is to go flat out round every corner in both! I haven’t even sat in the Nissan since Monza,” he continued. “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.”