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Davidson looks toward the title as he
matches the Webbs at Spa
Sunday 11th June 2017
Graham Davidson bounced back to his seventh victory of the season in the GT Cup Championship at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on Sunday. The Scot could only finish second a day previous but held on in a race of attrition to take the overall win.
“It was a great race, good fun, more points for the championship and I matched the Webbs so I know I haven’t lost anything to them, and built my lead in the GTO group,” said Davidson, as he kept an eye on both the Group GTO and overall Championship titles.
Tom and James Webb kept up the pressure with the victory in Group GTB, despite not being satisfied with their own performance. “It wasn’t a great start, but compared to some of our competitors I was able to go flat out from the Bus Stop,” said James. “I got held up by a GTC Ferrari so the Lamborghini got past me, but I kept him in sight.”
Tom, who’d qualified on pole on Friday, still hadn’t got the car in the sweet spot he’d hoped for, but was happy with the victory. “We were a bit in-between where we want to be with times, we wanted to do a sub 2m 30s. It’s been a busy weekend!”
In Group GTA Dominic Paul raced to his fifth straight group win, after completing the sweep at Brands Hatch and Spa. “It couldn’t have gone better! The only fly in the ointment was I didn’t get pole on Friday, but Brent [Millage} has driven great all weekend, he’s getting quicker and quicker,” Paul said. “It was hot today and I found it tough. I had to build a gap in the first stint so I had to go like a qualifying session for 25 minutes! I had to work for it.”
Graham Lucking and Leyton Clarke were the delighted victors in Group GTC, with a good win after disappointment on Saturday. “It’s ironic!” Lucking said. “Yesterday the car was perfect, everything went to plan, we were way in the lead, and we were a DNF from pole. Today we were way back on the grid, the car was difficult to drive, and we won!”
Clarke took over the Ferrari at the pit stop and simply had to maintain Lucking’s good performance. “Luckily the Ferrari has the engine in the back so it wasn’t too hot. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t cool, but it was only a 25 minute stint,” he said.
Up front, Davidson crossed the line untroubled for the victory. “It was eventful! I got a nice clean start and had a chase with Nigel Hudson and a few LMP cars. It was a bit slow in the pits because I pressed the button at the wrong time so I stayed longer not to breach the time limit.
“Once I had clear air I backed off a little bit, and checked in with the pit to see how much of a gap I had. I didn’t push too much and settled into smooth laps, let the leading LMPs through and enjoyed my last few laps going up Eau Rouge!”
RACE TWO RESULTS
1: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12C
2: Gareth Downing – Lotus Evora GTE
1: Graham Lucking / Leyton Clarke – Ferrari 458 GTC
2: Chris Papageorgiou / Andy Demetriou – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
3 Andy Brakewell / Steve Gray – McLaren GT 650S Sprint
1: Tom / James Webb – BMW M3 E46 GTR
2: Neil Huggins – Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo
3: Warren Gilbert / Joe Bölting – Marcos Mantis
1: Dominic Paul – Ginetta G55 GT4
2: Brent Millage – Ginetta G55 GT4
3: Mick Mercer / Gary Smith – Ginetta G55 GT4