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Race Report for Race One - Sprint Race

Nordstrom wins on debut in GT Cup as Hudson dominates from the front

 
It was a winning debut for Freddy Nordstrom in the Ebor 23 Maserati as the Anglo-Swedish driver claimed the first-ever victory in Group GTH. Despite constant pressure from Adam Hatfield’s Aston Martin and a battle with a Porsche and Dodge Viper, Nordstrom brought the car home first in Group and tenth overall.
 
“I could see the car in second behind me,” said Nordstrom. “But I then had a car from another Group in-between which was a nice buffer to have but he must have been annoyed as he was quick down the straights and I was quick in the corners. I could see the guys in front squabbling, but they weren’t in my Group, so I didn’t want to get involved with them and gave myself a buffer which was hard with the Aston pushing me from behind.”
 
Nigel Hudson took a commanding overall victory as well as in Group GTO as he shot off from the line and wasn’t troubled again during the race. “It was excellent, I got a jump on everyone at the start and that was it – I didn’t look in the mirrors again,” said Hudson. “The team kept up to date with the gap on the radio and I maintained the lead and brought it home.”
 
Michael Igoe belied his relative inexperience on track with a superb drive in his GTC Porsche, battling for the overall podium with a GTO McLaren and coming home the victor in his Group. “It was a tough race, you could see as time went on the tyres went off and I was sliding around a bit, but I kept pushing and it was well worth it,” said Igoe. “I was pushing hard after the McLaren, and it was a great result.”
 
In Group GTB Pete Parsons kept calm within battles across the Groups on track, keeping a healthy gap to the Saxon BMW to come home first. “We started at the back of the Group and I picked my way through,” said Parsons. “I knew which cars I had to overtake and make up ground. It’s the first time I’ve been in a car for eight months so there was a bit of learning.”
 
Tom Webb rounded off the Group winners with victory in GTA, despite the best intentions of James Reveler in the Topcats Ginetta behind him. “A good start put me in a really nice position for the race. Being tucked up behind the Lamborghini and the Porsche; my temperatures crept up a bit, so I had to back off to manage it as the alarms were going off. Thankfully I had enough pace to keep ahead of the Ginetta and take the win.”
 
Results
 
Group GTO
 
1 – Nigel Hudson – HUD Motorsports / JMH Automotive (Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
2 – Gareth Downing – National Motorsport Academy (Mosler MT900)
3 – Paul Gibson - Gibson Motorsport (McLaren 650S GT3)
 
Group GTC
 
1 – Michael Igoe – JMH Automotive (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen 2)
2 – Paul Bailey – Horse Power Racing / SB Race Engineering (Ferrari 488 Challenge)
3 – Shamus Jennings – G-Cat Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen 1)
 
Group GTB
 
1 – Pete Parsons – Welch Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen 1)
2 – Jon Harrison – Topcats Racing (Marcos Mantis)
3 – Richard Corbett – Saxon Motorsport (BMW 150 GTR)
 
Group GTH
 
1 – Freddy Nordstrom – Ebor 23 GT (Maserati Grandturismo GT4)
2 – Adam Hatfield – Whitebridge Motorsport (Aston Martin Vantage GT4)
3 – Steve Ruston – JMH Automotive (Ginetta G55 GT4)
 
Group GTA
 
1 – Tom Webb – Team Webb (BMW M3 GTR)
2 – James Reveler – Topcats Racing (Ginetta G55)

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