NEWS:

Hudson and Wilcox win while Saunders

completes triple crown

 

Sunday 2nd July 2017

 

JMH Automotive could celebrate their second win in as many GT Cup meetings after claiming victory in the third and final race of the weekend at Silverstone with Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox. The Aston Martin duo started the final 50-minute contest fourth on the grid in baking summer conditions, Hudson picking off his rivals in the opening laps to move up to second behind GTO rival, Graham Davidson.

 

Hudson handed over to Wilcox who assumed the lead after pit stops filtered through, the latter maintaining his pace to add to the pair’s victory last month at Spa-Francorchamps. “Nigel was fantastic at the start and has been all weekend”, praised Wilcox. “It meant I had a good lead when I went out onto the track, so it was just a case of dodging the traffic. It was a great race and it’s good to add another win.”

 

Sunoco Driver of the Weekend, Hudson added further praise to his team’s performance, saying “we’re going very much in the right direction. It’s been a good weekend. Graham has been so good in the McLaren this weekend so it’s nice to get one over on him!”

 

John Saunders and Patrick Scharfegger capped off a perfect weekend in the GTB group. A third victory in three outings at the Northamptonshire circuit was completed after Saunders built up a healthy group lead in the opening stint, Scharfegger maintaining his cushion to the flag to complete the hat-trick.

 

A delighted Saunders enthused “one is my lucky number now! It was a perfect weekend. Unfortunately the Webbs had to pull out of the race with an engine problem which meant we couldn’t have another battle, but I fought with the GTC cars in the early stages. We held it together and couldn’t have asked for more.”

 

Scharfegger added “John built up a nice lead so I had to maintain that as much as I could, which I managed to do. It’s been a perfect weekend so we couldn’t ask for much more.”

 

Jake Rattenbury could not convert his superb overall pole position into an outright victory, but another fine GTC group triumph was his reward after battling the GTO cars during the race. “It was a great last race”, he said. “I’ve not won all three races yet on a weekend so that is my main aim to achieve at some point this season. I maintained the pace really well and the team gave me a great car so I can’t complain about that.”

 

A popular victory in GTA went the way of Ian Payne and Ben Tuck, completing a hat-trick of podiums for the PT Sports Cars Ginetta G55 duo in the hotly-contested group. Three years on from his previous GT Cup appearance, Payne added “Ben did all the hard work really! It was quite hot in there. We had a cracking day yesterday with two second places and with the win today it’s a nice little haul of points we’ve had. It’s good to be back.”

 

It was a moment to savour too for Tuck, who made his debut in GT racing at Silverstone this weekend. “It was an awesome race; first ever time for me in a GT car this weekend so I was trying to manage the tyres which was the most interesting thing. I think I could’ve done a bit of a better job, but Ian had enough to bring it home. I think that’s the most enjoyable race of my career!”

 

RACE RESULTS:

 

Group GTO

1: Nigel Hudson/Adam Wilcox – Aston Martin GT3

2: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12 GT3

3: Gareth Downing – Mosler GTO

 

Group GTC

1: Jake Rattenbury – Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo

2: Graham Lucking/Leyton Clarke – Ferrari 458 GTC

3: Andy Demetriou – Porsche 991 GT3 Cup

 

Group GTB

1: John Saunders/Patrick Scharfegger – Ginetta G50

2: Neil Huggins – Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4

3: Warren Gilbert/Paul Black – Marcos Mantis

 

Group GTA

1: Ian Payne/Ben Tuck – Ginetta G55 GT4

2: Mick Mercer/Gary Smith – Ginetta G55 GT4

3: Jeff Wyatt/Geoff Steel – BMW M3 GTR

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