Gregor Fisken bounced back into contention for this year’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship crown with a commanding victory in round three at Rockingham on bank holiday Monday.
Following a frustrating time at Oulton Park’s two opening races last month, the Scot and team-mate Richard Westbrook required a strong result around the Northamptonshire oval to avoid slipping further behind in the title race. And that’s exactly what the pair achieved, winning by over 16 seconds and bagging 37.5 points to move up to third in the standings.
Trackspeed’s trio of Porsches proved the class of the field in qualifying, with only 0.1sec covering all three at the head of the grid. Fisken lined up third and, after safely negotiating an early incident and resulting Safety Car period, consolidated his position.
After spending the initial laps minimising tyre wear, Fisken pulled clear of his pursuers by reeling in and then passing Trackspeed boss David Ashburn in the sister 997 GT3 R. Jon Minshaw driving the lead Porsche was now in his sights as the opening hour and Fisken’s stint came to an end.
Once aboard, Porsche ace Westbrook wasted no time in closing the gap further before a second Safety Car bunched up the field. Phil Keen, who had taken over from Minshaw, remained in the lead but was powerless to resist Westbrook when a throttle issue struck soon after the caution period.
Westbrook was never threatened thereafter, the Englishman romping clear to record a morale boosting victory that sees him and Fisken move to within 5.5 points of the championship lead.
Gregor Fisken: “Rockingham was a fantastic result but not one that came out of the blue. We were obviously disappointed following Oulton Park but knew that the car had very good pace over both a single lap and full stint. For that I’m very grateful to everyone at Trackspeed, especially Rafal Pokora and of course Richard, for all their hard work. The team is working extremely well together, as evidenced by our collective qualifying performance. It’s just a shame that the two other Porsches didn’t finish the race.
“Victory at Rockingham and the additional points it carried was the perfect response for not scoring at Oulton. We’re now right back in the title hunt and feeling extremely confident ahead of Silverstone where more big points will be on offer. We’ll have a success penalty so it’s important that we’re consistent and mistake-free to ensure we make the most of all opportunities.”
Silverstone’s blue riband three-hour event takes place on May 25/26.
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