Another great weekend for Forsetti in GT4 Winter Series despite the last lap shove off track

Sunday, February 11, 2024


The GT4 Winter Series dream continued for the Norfolk based Forsetti Motorsport team this weekend as their drivers Mikey Porter and Jamie Day’s haul of class silverware continued up until halfway around the final lap of today’s final race in Jerez.

Having been busy testing at Portimao during the week with this and other forthcoming driver line ups, the #19 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 powered team arrived at the Jerez track more than up to speed despite the unfamiliarity of the Spanish circuit where both Day and Porter secured pole positions for each of their solo thirty-minute sprints.

Despite rain having hampered earlier Free Practice sessions, Day would go onto secure another faultless lights to flag win during his Saturday Spirit race whilst Porter would have to endure the return of the wet stuff during his on Sunday morning.

Despite hanging onto the lead into the opening sequence of corners, the #19 Forsetti driver was soon being picked off and initially dropped to P4 overall (and in class) as the lead two cars broke away. As the rain become more profound and intense, those gaps decreased as Porter looked more than comfortable within those conditions and argued a great battle with the #78 McLaren for third.

Whilst others would pit for wets, the top five slogged it out and by the time the rain had eased and track conditions had stagnated, Porter would eventually come home fourth overall but third within his own Pro Class for another visit to the podium as well.

Then there was the series concluded hour long endurance race that Day again started from pole. Despite the now treacherous conditions out on track with the return of the rain, Day would again be in command the tempo of the race, eking out a near six second lead before dropping that back by half by the time he pitted.

Emerging at the end of the pit stop sequence in second, Porter was again in the midst of the opening group with just three seconds splitting the top four cars. That dropped to three after ethe Mercedes behind was given a Driver through for a too shorter minimum stop time and that should have left the #19 car comfortable for another podium finish.

However, a stuck Mercedes within a gravel trap brought out the Safety Car with just over five minutes remaining and thanks to a very quick snatch by the circuit marshals, it was back to green with just 90 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately, the over ambition of the penultimate car running on track – one that was already one lap down to the leaders decided it was a good idea to make to lunge up the inside of Porter. Sliding on the paint, the Porsche tapped the Aston Martin into half spin, and taking another trip through the gravel dropped them down to P7 overall and P5 in class at the end.

Nothing that Porter could have done but sadly another piece of motorsport that race drivers have to tolerate and put up with at some point as the series moves onto Valencia for next weekend.

Photo credits – Daniel Buergin
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