Another battle Royale expected as the Aston Martins look for further BGT success at Spa tomorrow

Saturday, July 23, 2022


The smiles of another class pole position may not necessarily mean that all is well aboard the #27 Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 ahead of tomorrow’s annual British GT Championship race around the infamous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Despite a progressive build up from both Matt Topham and Darren Turner aboard the GT4 Championship leading car through private testing and going into Qualifying today but the car and drivers were forced to miss the second Free Practice session of the day due to front end damage 

Being a single race event this weekend, that meant for both drivers being required to set individual lap times within their allotted ten-minute Pro and Am session, with the combined times being used to set grid position.

A lonely tenth position from Topham in his session but with a time still one of his best all weekend so far was still 3.1 seconds off the pace of the Ford Mustang and with Turner taking his turn, his best was again nearly a second behind the pace setting Mustang making for a P8 start for them in tomorrow’s two-hour race.

With a grid of fourteen GT4’s, that might not be so bad had it not been for the resurgence of the #42 Stellar Motorsport Audi crew of Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding aboard their replacement Audi R8 GT4 chassis after their DNF in Norfolk. They are directly below the Newbridge team 1n the overall GT4 Championship, but they will start the race from second on the grid.

That being said, after the joys of many successes last time out in the Championship at Snetterton, the #23 R-Racing AMR Vantage crew of Josh Miller and Jamie Day are still very much enjoying ‘the moment’ with their series of firsts with their first GT racing visit to Spa.

Being the youngest race winners in the Championship last time out as well as gaining their first-class pole position, the youngsters put their best laps forward in Qualifying with Day first out and second quickest in his session with then Miller claiming a third fastest time in their Silver Cup class.

Their times equated to a P3 overall starting position ahead of tomorrow’s race that starts at 12:25hrs local.

As usual, the race will be streamed live via the Championship’s social media channels.

Photo credits – Jacob Ebrey
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