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Manderson has Ultimate Speed with first win
Saturday 12th August 2017
Matt Manderson took his and Ultimate Speed Racing’s first victory of the season in Saturday's second GT Cup race at Snetterton, with an overall and Group GTO win over runner-up Graham Davidson. Third overall and Group GTC winner was Bonamy Grimes.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said Manderson. “I didn't get the race I was hoping for with a battle for the lead. But I loved it, it was absolutely brilliant and I had a whale of a time.”
In the Aston Martin GT3, Manderson took the lead early on after passing race one winner Davidson. Grimes put in a dogged display to finish third in the Ferrari 458 Challenge car, ahead of the Aston Martin GT3 of Nigel Hudson.
“I'm absolutely thrilled. I had a bit of luck and I knew I had to keep pushing,” said Grimes “The McLaren I couldn't do much about but I just had to go flat out to keep the Aston behind me.”
The terrific Group GTB battle continued to thrill on Saturday, with Tom Webb's BMW M3 E46 GTR and Neil Huggins' Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4 within half a second of each other throughout the race before Webb made a quick pit stop with loose bodywork.
“That was hard work!” said Huggins. “At the start, Tom was on the outside of the Ferrari and he got hung out a little bit so I was able to carry more speed and get past him. But of course that thing was so fast through the twisty stuff, it must've been frustrating for him, because I could see him flashing his lights. I kept it all together, neither of us did nothing stupid and that's how it should be - just great racing.”
Dominic Paul swept the day's Group GTA victories in his Ginetta G55 with Spy Motorsport team mate Brent Millage in second.
“I managed to get ahead of Mick Mercer and then had the Marcos behind me. I thought it was a Ginetta so I was driving like a lunatic to keep in front of him! Then the team came on and said 'you've got a 10 second lead' and I realised it was the Marcos. I think I've cemented my second place in the overall standings which is good.”
RACE TWO RESULTS:
1 - Matt Manderson - Aston Martin GT3
2 - Graham Davidson - McLaren MP4-12/C
3 - Nigel Hudson - Aston Martin GT3
1 - Bonamy Grimes - Ferrari 458 GTC
1- Neil Huggins - Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4
2 - Warren Gilbert - Marcos Mantis
3 - Tom Webb - BMW M3 E46 GTR
1 - Dominic Paul - Ginetta G55 GT4
2 - Brent Millage - Ginetta G55 GT4
3 - Andy Robey - BMW M3 GTR