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June 27, 2017

Jamie Stanley: Race Meetings Are Like Buses!

Jamie Stanley: Race Meetings Are Like Buses!

No racing for months then three meetings in a row – it’s like buses!

Having spent most of the winter helping the Fox Motorsport guys prepare for the season, it was really good to get to Oulton Park for the opening round of British GT. Paul and the team are new to top level racing, so we always knew we would have a steep learning curve for the team. I’ve been so impressed; they have all done an amazing job, from turning the car out and finding their feet with a new championship and, in Paul’s case, learning to deal with new competitors while being lapped by the GT3s.

The BOP for the opening round was crazy and put all of the Ginettas on the back foot. One thing we could take away, was that as the newest team on the grid we were the fastest Ginetta in qualifying, which I think the guys really deserve a lot of praise for. Coming into the championship and being able to run with teams who have run the car for many more seasons.

The races didn’t quite go to plan; we had a really small component fail in race one, which caused a DNF, and in race two I made a small mistake that let Brad Ellis past and that in turn let Declan Jones past – but other than that it wasn’t a bad opening race for us and we picked up our first points of the season.

The following week, I joined FF Corse and John Seale to contest the opening round of GT Cup in a Ferrari 458 Challenge. We dominated our class to win race one by 45 seconds, and John went on to win both the sprint races. It was originally meant to be a one off but I will now be joining the team for the season, alongside my British GT commitments for Fox Motorsport.

And then, finally, we arrived at Rockingham for the 2nd round of British GT. In practice we felt we had a good car, but I’ve only had one run on new tyres so far this year – and that was in qualifying at Oulton Park – so I was a little unsure how much time I could find in qualifying on them.

We got an answer; nearly 2.5 seconds faster! It was not quite good enough for pole – in fact just 0.044 shy – but again we were the top Ginetta. Another good job by the team and following Paul’s efforts in the combined session we lined up p5 for the first enduro of the season.

The race was pretty good, and Paul’s becoming more comfortable racing in British GT. During my stint, I had a mega race with Devon Modell in the TF Aston Martin, but couldn’t get past him – the BOP for Rockingham was much better than Oulton but still not quite right in racing conditions. I brought car home in P4 despite burning my foot on some hot pedals, which we will be fixing before Silverstone as my foot still hurts two days later!

I’m looking forward to the second round of GT Cup at Brands Hatch, which will support the Blancpain Sprint series. More importantly I am looking forward to the third round of British GT at Silverstone, which is my second home round of the year, and I get to sleep in my own bed that weekend. The tracks coming up should be better for us, as they’re tracks Paul’s raced at and they are circuits I love driving. I hope the combination of the two should help deliver us our first podium in GT4 together as the guys have worked so hard and they deserve it.

 

 

 

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