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Paul takes ‘most satisfying’ win of season the
Sunday 13th August 2017
Dominic Paul claimed his 11th Group GTA victory in the 50-minute GT Cup feature race at Snetterton on Sunday. He had to fight hard for the victory however, as Mick Mercer and Gary Smith's Amigo Motorsport Ginetta hounded him after the pit stops, before Paul was able to break the tow and pull out an advantage.
“Amigo made us work for it,” Paul said. “The strategy was to build as much of a gap as I could at the start, so I was putting down qualifying laps down and it was tiring. I guess their tyres were warmer so he really harried me but then I managed to get a bit of a break. With a 45-second success penalty, that's the most satisfying win.”
Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox won the race and the GTO group in their JMH Automotive Aston Martin GT3, holding off the chasing Graham Davidson's Jetstream Motorsport McLaren MP4-12/C by just 0.8s at the flag.
“We worked really hard," said Hudson. "Graham was fantastically quick, but we knew we had a slight advantage this time with the pit penalties and we got Adam out two or three seconds in front of Graham. We're absolutely delighted. You always worry but Adam has a lot of experience and always brings it home.”
“It feels good to win again,” said Wilcox. “My aim is to get Nigel to win one of the races on Saturday. We'll get there, he was bang on in qualifying and the next step is pole, then a win. We're really pleased with that, he drove brilliantly and a massive thanks is due to JMH. They worked really hard, Chris in particular who has worked really hard and done a fantastic job.”
John Saunders took the win in Group GTB, finishing fifth overall in his TCS Motorsport Ginetta G50. “It was a terrific start and all three of us in the GTB were together,” said Saunders. “One by one we all had problems: Tom had a puncture, Neil spun and then I was down to six cylinders. We had terrible trouble yesterday. The differential went, then we had a misfire and had the same issue today but the team worked until 8pm yesterday - a full day's work - to put the internals of another diff into this one just by hand. They never give up, they always make a plan – never defeated.”
Third overall and victor in Group GTC was Bonamy Grimes and James Little in the Ferrari 458 GTC.“We were very nervous as the car was turning itself off on Friday in testing,” said Grimes. “FF Corse did a fantastic job to get everything fixed, well balanced, and set up for the race. As James said to me, 'how can you not have fun in a Ferrari?!’”
“Bon had a wonderful day yesterday,” said Little. “To secure another third place overall in a GTC car today makes me very, very happy.”
The championship now heads to Donington Park for rounds 17, 18 & 19 on the 16th & 17th September.
RACE THREE RESULTS:
1 - Adam Wilcox/Nigel Hudson - Aston Martin GT3
2 - Graham Davidson - McLaren MP4-12/C
3 - Gareth Downing - Mosler MT900
1 - Bonamy Grimes - Ferrari 458 GTC
1- John Saunders - Ginetta G50
2 - Neil Huggins - Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4
3 - James Webb/Tom Webb - BMW M3 E46 GTR
1 - Dominic Paul - Ginetta G55 GT4
2 - Gary Smith/Mick Mercer - Ginetta G55 GT4
3 - Chris Murphy/Matthew George - Aston Martin AM4 GT4