Vantage Racing: Silverstone British GT race report

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday 15th August saw Vantage Racing step up a level when Tom Black and Stuart Hall took part in our first British GT race with the new DBRS9 in a two-hour race on the “Bridge GP” circuit at Silverstone. There was a very strong field in both the GT3 and GT4 classes with Porsche GT3RS and Ferrari 430 Scuderia being fielded by multiple teams on a circuit that could have been designed for them. The full race report is available on the British GT web-site ( Stuart qualified us in 9th place in a very respectable 1:53.5 but very soon after the start raced from 9th to 2nd within a few laps of excellent driving. He positioned himself perfectly behind the leading car and waited for his moment to strike. However, fate was not on our side and a throttle problem which had plagued us throughout practice recurred and left him with periods of zero power. This quickly took it’s toll and despite an extra pit-stop to attempt to cure the problem, we descended back down through the field. Tom took over after 32 laps and put in a creditable stint of 24 laps but, with all electronic aids disabled to mitigate the throttle issue, was unable to show his best. We completed the race in 16th place but have high hopes of better finish in a later round. Since the race we have worked closely with Aston Martin Racing to identify the throttle problem and, subject to testing in early September, we hope take part in the Brands Hatch round of the British GT championship on September 26th.
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