Its a fine line between success and failure in motorsport

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Not quite an Aston Martin fortunately, but this was the fiery end to the CWS Ginetta that Academy Motorsport boss Matt Nichol-Jones was due to co race at the 24H Series event at Barcelona today. The virtues of starting from class pole didn't help the car at all as Finlay Hutchison had to abandon ship in the very early stages of the race - although he was OK the car was extensively damaged.

Generation AMR SuperRacing suffered from power steering failure issues in Qualifying for the first of todays FFSA GT4 races from Magny Cours although their tactic of saving new rubber until the race obviously paid off once repairs had been made with drivers George and Appleby securing a P7 finish in todays race.

Over in China, Jack Mitchell and Ryan Liu endured some self inflicted pain as early contact with the GT4 Championship leading McLaren led to a drive through and then some over heating issues in the latter stages of race 1. Fortunately for the China Equity AMR duo is that the #570 McLaren also retired so that almost stagnates the championship tables.

The #620 R-Motorsport AMR also in the 24H Series race at Barcelona made their first start in the Creventic series difficult by loosing over half an hour having to change the cars front splitter after early race contact with their Pro driver behind the wheel!!

The best news of the day comes from Donington Park and the first two races of the penultimate meeting of the GT Cup Championship. Two wins in the GTH class for overall championship contenders Adam Hatfield and Chris Murphy has done their title ambitions no harm at all whilst returning former overall championship contender, Nigel Hudson wins the second race of the day.

Its also been great to see Beechdean AMR back in another series and in the thick of things - Andrew Howard fastest in morning Practice and then a P2 Qualifying and race finish aboard his GT3 whilst Paul Hollywood got some more master classes from former Beechdean boy Ross Gunn in the #407 GT4 car.

Today has been a busy day - and it all gets repeated tomorrow!

Photo credits - China Equity AMR / Steve Jackman / FFSA GT4 / 24H Series

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