Disaster strikes for Feathers Motorsport during first endurance race of GT Cup at Silverstone

Sunday, July 30, 2023


We had tuned into the GT Cup Championship’s second race of the day from Silverstone yesterday, hoping to catch both James Guess and Tom Canning continue their podium winning streak with their #82 Feathers Motorsport Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4.

Guess had earlier done just that as he scored another P3 in class podium finish at the end of the day’s opening solo driver sprint race and the team looked on track for a potentially similar finish by the end of the day’s closing pit stop (and driver change) punctuated endurance race.

Starting the fifty-minute race, Guess appeared to be well in control of the situation as the then twenty multi-class cars took the start, rounded Copse and headed up into the Maggotts/Becketts complex before the camera view cut to look back up the Hanger Straight from Stowe Corner.

In the background, you just saw both the #82 and #78 Paddock Motorsport McLaren Artura straight-line themselves out of Chapel and head (out of shot) into the tyre protected barrier just before the Hanger Straight Bridge. The race then went straight under the control of the Safety Car as circuit marshals rushed to deal with the situation on track.

Although the team would later confirm with us that Guess was battered and bruised but otherwise OK, the same could not be said for their Vantage GT4 which visibly displayed the signs of extensive front and rear end damage, with the car being later withdrawn from the remainder of the fifth round.

Passing on their appreciation to the track marshals and medical staff at the circuit, the team confirmed that the #82 car would return in time for the penultimate round of the season at Donington Park in mid-September.

Photo credits – Teams / Series




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