2 July 2018
Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox returned to winning ways in GT Cup with a thrilling victory in the 50-minute endurance race at Snetterton. The HUD Motorsport / JMH Automotive Aston Martin Vantage GT3 trailed the rapid Mosler of Gareth Downing early on but moved clear after a quicker pit stop, Wilcox surging to success for overall and Group GTO honours.
“It was slippery and maybe not as quick as it was on Saturday,” said Hudson. “Obviously I was desperately trying to hang onto the Mosler and I hoped to have him within sight before the pit stops. I thought Adam would wind him in, but they had a slower stop and we could take full advantage of that. A win is always great!”
The heat of the afternoon did not get to Wilcox. “It was alright in the car actually,” he said. “I was expecting it to be hot in the pits but then it wasn’t too bad as there was a light wind coming through the car. I would have liked to have had a longer scrap with the Mosler and the Ferraris around us, but it’s been a good weekend.”
Closest to stopping the Aston Martin duo was the Ferrari 488 Challenge pairing of John Dhillon and Aaron Scott, who joined the team after racing with Arwyn Williams yesterday. Dhillon started from the rear of the field as technical problems in his usual machine meant he needed to change to a brand-new Ferrari, and he produced a stunning drive to scythe through the grid to finish top in GTC for the second time this weekend and second overall.
“I kept it clean at the start,” said Dhillon. “I got through the backmarkers cleanly and needed to catch Paul and finally overtook him in a place I didn’t expect to. I had to get by and get a big enough lead so that Aaron could get in the car and be close enough to the Aston. A good result, and a great weekend.”
“John did all the hard work and I just drove it home,” said Scott. “It’s been alright in the car even in this heat and I’ve done a bit of training so it’s not as bad. I know the Aston Martin is a fast car so, even though you always think of having a sniff, it would have been tough. I’m happy, and it’s great for John who is driving better and better. This championship is fantastic for people looking to develop as a driver and for myself as a coach, as you can help them out.”
Tom Webb took over the wheel of the GTS Motorsport-prepared BMW that brother James won both sprint races with on Saturday, and he made it a hat-trick of Group GTA wins after leaving behind a thrilling battle for second between the Ginettas of Want2Race and Top Cats Racing.
“It was just about being consistent with my pace,” said Webb. “I was trying to keep the tyres in a good state for as long as I could in this heat and then suddenly it was the last lap, so I really went for it again and set the fastest lap in the Group! It was a nice little scrap with Paul Bailey in the Ferrari, but he began to creep away a bit. I really enjoyed that race.”
Whitebridge Motorsport added a second win of the weekend to its tally in Group GTH, Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy leading the class from start-to-finish in their Le Mans festival class-winning Aston Martin GT4.
“It was a good race,” said Hatfield. “We got a good start and it was a nice and tidy race from there really. We had a good opportunity with the success penalties that our rivals had for their pit stops, so it was one of those days in motorsport where everything actually clicks.”
“It was wonderful,” added Murphy. “I’ve been doing GT Cup now for two years and this is my first time on the podium for this race. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and it has been a tricky weekend, but we planned a strategy that worked perfectly.”
Race three results:
1 – Gareth Downing – National Motorsport Academy (Mosler MT900)
2 – Nigel Hudson / Adam Wilcox – HUD Motorsport / JMH Automotive (Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
1 – John Dhillon / Aaron Scott – Spirit of Race (Ferrari 488 Challenge)
2 – Paul Bailey / Phillip Glew – Horse Power Racing / SB Race Engineering (Ferrari 488 Challenge)
1 – Chris Murphy / Adam Hatfield – Whitebridge Motorsport (Aston Martin Vantage GT4)
2 – David Holloway / Phil Ingram – Century Motorsport (Ginetta G55 GT4)
3 – Steve Ruston / John Whitehouse – JMH Automotive (Ginetta G55 GT4)
1 – Tom Webb – Team Webb (BMW M3 GTR)
2 – James Reveler / Gary Smith – Top Cats Racing (Ginetta G55)
3 – Ben Hyland / Mike Jarvis – Want2Race (Ginetta G55)