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September 20, 2017

Matt Bell – BOP Changes Making Little Difference

Matt Bell – BOP Changes Making Little Difference

This weekend at Brand Hatch, new Balance of Performance (BoP) of guidelines have been issued by the SRO, following calculations by the GT Bureau, which has seen several cars given a ‘helping hand’. One British GT entry receiving a change is the United Autosports Audi of Matt Bell and Mark Patterson. Their R8 LMS has seen an increase in it’s restrictor plate size, that should allow the Audi to receive more air to it’s engine and increase it’s power. However, despite the change, Bell is struggling to notice an increase in performance.

“We have a bigger restrictor, but I’m not really noticing the difference.” Bell told Racing.GT today. “Two millimetres is a fairly small change, so we are still one of the slow cars on the straights. Our car is good for aero here (at Brands Hatch), but we’re still slow in the speed traps.”

Although there seems to be no discernible difference in the United Autosports Audi’s pace, the British GT regular is delighted with the performance of his co-driver, Patterson, this weekend. “Mark’s just set a really good lap there.” Bell commented as the red white a blue Audi flashed across the line during free practice two. “It’s his first time here, so he’s still learning the track, but he’s doing a great job.”

You can follow Bell and Patterson’s progress at Brands Hatch this weekend at Racing.GT, via our live ticker here.

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