Finishing fifth in the GT4 class, the #51 Lanan Racing G55 was the best-placed Ginetta runner on what was a tough day for teams running the Yorkshire marque’s cars in the British GT ‘Silverstone 500’ three-hour endurance race at the home of the British Grand Prix.
Despite success penalty from the previous round meaning they had to spend 15 seconds longer in the pits at one stop than the majority of their class rivals, Alex Reed and David Pittard drove a consistent race to bring home a valuable haul of points to aid their championship battle.
Elsewhere, the chances of the HHC Motorsport pairing of Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha scoring a third win of the season evaporated early on when the latter had to pull off the track due to a broken driveshaft. Although the car was repaired by the team and got going again, too much time had been lost to allow a recovery to a good result for the duo.
The #63 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance G55 of Sam Webster and Matt Chapman also suffered mechanical trouble and had to head to the garage early on, while Steve Fresle and Jacob Mathiassen also had a race to forget in the #43 Century Motorsport G55, suffering an early spin and having to spend time in the garage.
Co-driving with Anna Walewska in the sister #111 Century car, Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson saw his chances of a good result scuppered by a 10-second stop-go penalty for a pit procedure infringement.
In GT3, Aleksander Schjerpen maintained the #19 Century G55’s starting position of 10th in his first stint, before Charlie Robertson took over at the first stop. The Ginetta factory driver set some rapid times as he held off the Aston Martin of reigning British GT co-champion Jonny Adam and later traded paint with former British Touring Car frontrunner Sam Tordoff. Unfortunately, a five-second stop-go penalty relegated the car to 10th in GT3 on the team’s return to British GT’s top class.