Fisken hopes Trackspeed can continue superb work into British GT European races

30 06 2011

Fisken and teammate Bridgman celebrate first British GT victory of the season

Fisken and teammate Bridgman celebrate first British GT victory of the season at Brands Hatch © Jakob Ebrey

BRANDS Hatch winner Gregor Fisken is hoping that the stunning race victory can catapult his Trackspeed team to further success as the series moves to Europe in July.

Fisken steered his Porsche 997 GT3R, alongside Tim Bridgman, around the Kent circuit in tricky weather conditions to take the top step of the podium in the two-hour endurance race.

The result represented a huge team performance after Trackspeed mechanics had worked non-stop to repair both their Porsche’s after the Snetterton crash.

Fisken, who’s four car overtake around Paddock Hill Bend epitomized the courageous drive, was delighted with the win and hopes they can take the form to Belgium next month.

He said: “What a race! I got a great start, probably the best of my career, and pushed like mad after that to keep the newer Ferrari 458 honest in what were such difficult conditions.

“Tim then produced some phenomenal out-laps on slick tyres just after the downpour which is what won us the race in the end.

“I’ve also got to reserve special praise for the guys at Trackspeed who have worked day and night since Snetterton to repair both cars. David Ashburn was also very sporting in giving our car the best of the new engine parts which could have gone the #1’s way, so a big thank you to all of them.

“This was a true team effort. With some big points on the board at last, we can go to Spa in a good frame of mind.”

The series moves to the famous Spa circuit in Belgium for rounds five and six of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship for two one-hour races on July 8/9.

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United Autosports hoping for consecutive victories at Brands Hatch this weekend

13 06 2011

United Autosports celebrate a maiden British GT win for the Guasch/Bell Audi © Jakob Ebrey

United Autosports celebrate a maiden British GT win for the Guasch/Bell Audi © Jakob Ebrey

UNITED Autosports are going for gold again at Brands Hatch in search of back-to-back British GT victories.

The team who run two Audi R8s are leading the championship with the Anglo-American pairing of Matt Bell and Michael Guasch holding a 24.5 point after their Snetterton win.

The debut season is going perfectly for United Autosports but their charge may be halted by the 20-second success penalty during the pit stops at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The two-hour race around the ‘Grand Prix’ layout is sure to have many twists and turns and Guasch believes consistency early on will be key to reaching the top step of the podium again.

He explained: “Despite having a pit-stop ‘success’ penalty of 20secs at Brands I believe that if we can qualify well again and hang with the leaders in the opening part of the race, our Audi should come on strong in the latter stages and be in with a good shot of a podium again.”

Team-mate Bell has experience of the track having previously raced a Ginetta at the Kent circuit and is optimistic of his chances given the quality of the Audi.

He added: “United Autosports gave Mike and I a stunning racecar in the previous race at Snetterton which allowed us to score our maiden BGT race win.

“I was delighted to reward everyone in the team with that result but we’re hungry for more of the same success and where better than the next race at Brands and another two-hour race which again should suit our Audi ideally.”





Fisken honoured to drive Aston Martin DBR1 at Le Mans alongside Sir Stirling

13 06 2011

Fisken competed in the classic DBR1 Aston Martin in the Legends race as pre-cursor to the Le Mans 24 Hour event

Fisken competed in the classic DBR1 Aston Martin in the Legends race as pre-cursor to the Le Mans 24 Hour event

BRITISH GT star Gregor Fisken has spoken of the ‘huge honour’ of driving the 1959 race winning Aston Martin DBR1 at Le Mans last weekend.

Fisken, who is one of a handful of drivers to have competed in each class in the legendary 24 hour endurance event, piloted the 50 year old car in the 45 minute Legends race.

The Scot qualified the car seventh on the grid, 12 seconds faster than the car had gone round the 8 mile Circuit de la Sarthe previously.

During the legends race, Fisken managed to make his way up to fifth but with the leaders in sight, an oil leak forced him into retirement.

He said: “I’ve had such a tremendous weekend and it has been an absolute honour to drive this hugely important DBR1.

“I must give great credit to Tim Samways and his guys for the job they’ve done with the car and to set a lap time of around four minutes 47 seconds, which was up there with the Lister Jaguars, was very satisfying.

“Unfortunately, in the race we had an oil leak caused by a broken part of the trans-axle and, in view of the history and value of the car, we thought it prudent not to continue after my pit stop.

“Nevertheless, it hasn’t taken anything away from the joy of driving what is Britain’s finest front engined sports car of the 1950s period. It’s no surprise that it was a Le Mans winner.”

Fisken also reserved praise for Sir Stirling Moss who announced his official retirement from competitive motor racing at the ripe old age of 81 after competing in the Legends race.

Fisken added: “I was there when he announced his retirement and it was a huge privilege to be competing in the very last motor race of his incredible career.

“I saw him in the race and he was still driving brilliantly. Of course, one of his finest moments came in a DBR1 at the Nurburgring 1000kms in the World Sportscar Championship in the 50s, when he came from well down the field to take a stunning victory, so that brought it full circle to me.

“He may have ended his driving career, but Sir Stirling is a vibrant member of the historic racing community and I’m looking forward to seeing him again very soon in his capacity as team manager, running his own cars.”





New Secure Racing Aston Martin wants fans to crack the code at Brands Hatch

3 06 2011

Secure Racing's livery will feature a coded message for fans to crack

Secure Racing's livery will feature a coded message for fans to crack

A NEW British GT team will mark its debut at Brands Hatch in two weeks with an innovate fan competition.

The Secure Racing Aston Martin GT4 will feature a hidden, coded message as part of the livery to be unveiled at the Brands Hatch meeting on June 18/19.

Designed by one of the world’s largest security consulting firms, PWC, the code will feature on the car and the challenge for spectators is to crack the code to win a chance to sit alongside one of the drivers round the track.

Fans of the series who cannot get to Brands Hatch will also have the opportunity to crack the code with pictures of the Aston Martin posted on their website and on Twitter.

Leeds-based British GT debutant Chris Holmes, 24, one of the Secure Racing Aston Martin GT4 drivers told the official website: “It’s a great competition and a great prize. We are looking forward to involving a lot of people in it who might otherwise not be following British GT.

“It’s the first time I will have raced a car with a roof, and I am super-excited about it.

“I have tested the car and I know that the guys from Barwell Motorsport, who will be preparing the Aston, know what they are about, so I am hoping we will be there or thereabouts with the pace from the outset.”

Team-mate Peter Erceg will also make his series debut at Brands Hatch having had Porsche Club racing experience and races in the GT3 Challenge.

Confirmation of Secure Racing’s Aston Martin entry brings the total of different manufactures in the GT4 class to four, alongside KTM, Ginetta and Lotus.

The GT4 has been hotly contested this year with wins for both the ABG Motorsport KTM X-Bow of Belshaw/Clutton and the Century Motorsport Ginetta of Rattenbury/Wakefield.

Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici welcomed Secure Racing to British GT: “It is great to see GT4 flourishing in this way; to have four different marques represented is very pleasing. I know that Peter, Chris and the Aston will be a very competitive prospect.”