Scott praises teammate Dhillon as they battle GT3s at Snetterton in GT3-B Ferrari

16 05 2011

Scott's older MTECH Racing Ferrari 430 performed well at Snetterton but more work is needed

Scott's older MTECH Ferrari 430 performed well at Snetterton to mix it with the GT3s

EXPERIENCED MTECH Racing star Aaron Scott is approaching each race as competitive as ever as he looks to get the most out of his GT3-B Ferrari 430 and mix it with the newer GT3 machines.

Scott and teammate John Dhillon remain the sole GT3-B runner after three races in the 2011 British GT season but a strong eighth place overall at Snetterton delighted the team.

Dhillon was named Sunoco Driver of the Weekend and Scott is delighted with the progress of his younger teammate but is still looking to get more out of the car.

He told BritishGT: “The weekend was very good. This season is all about training John up. His pace is improving all the time and he’s great to work with and he had an excellent stint on Sunday (May 15).

“From my point of view I also had a strong stint and it’s nice to bag some points towards the GT3 Championship as well as to add more to our GT3B tally.

“I am a very competitive person and I’d really like to be closer to the overall pace. On saying that my times at Oulton were where a car of that age should be and so we will have to see how much we can push the pace on with our car this season.

“I’m approaching it as I always do and trying to maximise the lap time from myself, the car and my team mate. That will keep me sharp for when I get my hands on one of the later cars.”

Whilst Scott wants to be challenging the newer GT3 cars, he admits it will be tough given the gap in raw pace. He is also disappointed there are not more GT3-B cars signed up but understands there will be a couple of new entries competing at Brands Hatch.

He added: “I’m wanting to push on and see if we can improve our current package. It will be interesting to see how we would fare in a wet race.

“The biggest problem is that all the later cars are so much faster in a straight line and that’s very difficult to overcome.

“We were as much as 20 mph down in the speed straps at Snetterton compared to the fastest GT3 cars. That’s a lot to make up over a lap!

“I understand there are more GT3-B cars coming along to the next race. It’s a great way to be involved in British GT and I am surprised there have not been more entries to date.

“I have heard of an Aston Martin and possibly another Ferrari and Lamborghini for Brands, we will see.”





United Autosports take Snetterton victory after late flag drama robs Geddie’s Ferrari

15 05 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

The United Autosports Audi of Mike Gausch and Matt Bell took their maiden British GT victory at Snetterton after a dramatic final lap which saw CRS Racing’s Ferrari 458 called into the pits from the lead.

Glynn Geddie who had qualified on pole and led for most of the race was orange and black flagged to repair the damage to the front of his car. The Ferrari pitted on the last lap and allowed the Guasch/Bell Audi to sneak through and hold on to win by three seconds.

The ever impressive Allan Simonsen and Hector Lester marched up through the field to take a well deserved podium in the Rosso Verde Ferrari, just under five seconds ahead of the Jones’ Mercedes.

The sister Audi of John Bintcliffe and Jay Palmer finished fourth, with Iain Dockerill and Steven Kane’s Ferrari and the Howard/Adam Aston Martin in fifth and sixth respectively.

Eighth went to the sole GT3-B runner of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon who’s older car proved to be more reliable than the newer untested cars, showing it is as much about consistency as raw pace in the longer endurance races.

The Geddies cut a dejected figure on the podium after the last lap drama © Jakob Ebrey

The Geddies cut a dejected figure on the podium after the last lap drama © Jakob Ebrey

The gruelling two hours took its toll on the field as numerous cars retired throughout the race, none more high profile than MTECH Racing’s Matt Griffin who had been within three tenths of the lead before collecting an out of control Aston Martin into the first corner and retiring with fluid leaking out of the car.

This took the pressure off Glynn Geddie who looked to have victory sealed as he opened up a 40 second lead over the Audi helped by a drive through penalty for the United Autosports team for a yellow flag infringement. But the late pitlane drama for the broken front end cost the Geddie family, and their new Ferrari 458, a win from pole position.

Oulton Park winners Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman in their Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari 458 were forced out of the race with rear suspension failure whilst pre-race championship leaders Trackspeed, were out of the race after only eight laps as their difficult weekend was compounded as their two Porsche’s collided at Williams forcing a double retirement.

In GT4, Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton took the honours for ABG Motorsport with the two Lotus Sport UK cars, at their home track, completing the podium. Michael Mallock clocked the fastest lap in the class but a puncture prevented a GT4 victory.

Round Three Results, Snetterton

GT3

1  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  2h 01m 48.407s / 84.82mph

2  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +2.946s

3  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  +14.761s

4  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +19.518s

5  United Autosports Audi  John Bintcliffe/Jay Palmer  +1m 11.666s

6  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  +1m 32.177s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  +1m 49.674s

8  MTECH Ferrari (GT3B)  John Dhillon/Aaron Scott  57 laps

9  Century Team LNT  Florian Renauer (AUT)/Michael Drabing (AUT)  55 laps

10  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  53 laps etc

Fastest lap: MTech Ferrari  Matt Griffin  1m 51.640s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  56 laps

2  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  56 laps

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Jack Drinkall  55 laps

4  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  53 laps

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  40 laps





Geddie and CRS Racing celebrate maiden pole in their new Ferrari 458 at Snetterton

14 05 2011

Glynn Geddie

Geddie took his maiden pole of the season in the new Ferrari 458 © Malcolm Griffiths

CRS Racing and the Geddie family celebrated a pole position at Snetterton in their new Ferrari 458 Italia for the two hour British GT race tomorrow (Sunday 15 May) after clocking a lap half a second faster than the rest of the field.

The pole position represents an impressive turnaround by the CRS team having only taken delivery of their new car on Friday and such a dominant display will delight the father/son driver pairing.

The CRS Ferrari 458 beat the United Autosports Audi R8 of Mike Gausch and Matt Bell and the Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 of Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen into second and third respectively at the Norfolk circuit.

Unpredictable weather in the earlier practice sessions had left fans unsure of who had an ultimate pace but it was Glynn Geddie who posted a 1.50.929 in qualifying before a red flag stopped proceedings.

A Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 stopped out on track and halted the 30 minute qualifying period and the teams returned to the pits before charging out again to try and steal pole.

But it was not to be and Geddie held on for his maiden pole of the season. He told the official site: “We took a bit of a gamble with the set-up and it worked.

“We made good improvements in the session, which is a positive for the team, which has worked so hard today. We only got the car at eight o’clock last night, so to put it on pole is a good reward for them.”

The biggest disappointment was Trackspeed who had been first and second in Free Practice Two but only the #1 car of defending champion David Ashburn and Phil Keen made it into the top 10.

Seeing the Ferrari 458’s pace at the hands of Geddie must have been tough for MTECH Racing and Matt Griffin who managed to qualify fifth but gearbox problems hampered their running in an undoubtedly quick car.

Mallock and Ladas will pair up again the KTM X-Bow

Mallock demonstrated his talent again in the KTM X-Bow taking GT4 pole

Elsewhere, the sole competitor in the GT3-B class, the Ferrari 430 of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon qualified a respectable 15th, only four seconds off the pace of the pole sitter.

In GT4, the impressive Michael Mallock put his KTM X-Bow on pole as the sister ABG Motorsport KTM locked out the front row. The Lotus Evora, in its home county, was third at the hands of Leyton Clarke.

Whilst qualifying well is always important in motorsport, the two hour endurance race tomorrow around a circuit unfamiliar to all the drivers should provide some thrilling racing.

Round 3 Qualifying

GT3

1  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  1m 50.929s

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  1m 51.398s

3  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 51.427s

4  Vantage Racing Aston Martin  Tom Black/Stuart Hall  1m 51.829s

5  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  1m 51.935s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  1m 52.073s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  1m 52.210s

8  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  1m 52.251s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  1m 52.369s

10  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Phil Keen  1m 52.428s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  1m 55.178s

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  1m 58.301s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  1m 59.706s

2  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  1m 59.725s

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  2m 00.047s

4  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  2m 01.369s

5  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  2m 02.274s

6  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Jack Drinkall  2m 02.285s





Westbrook and Ashburn win Race One after exciting season opener at Oulton Park

25 04 2011

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory on the podium

DEFENDING champion David Ashburn and teammate Richard Westbrook steered their Trackspeed Porsche to victory in the opening race of the new British GT season in an enthralling race.

The Trackspeed Porsche which had started second behind the new Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman jumped the leaders during the pit stops and never looked back as Westbrook held off a late charge from Matt Bell in the Audi R8 to win by 1.5 seconds.

Jonathan Adam completed the podium but sadly will not feature in the second race after his Aston Martin engine gave up as he crossed the line, ending his race in a cloud of smoke.

Allan Simonsen’s late surge put his Ferrari 430 Scuderia in fourth as well as carding the fastest lap, a 1.38.635 for the Dane. The debuting Mercedes SLS at the hands of the Jones brothers rounded off a top five made up of all different manufacturers.

The race started with battles forming throughout the field, Hector Lester and Jim Geddie in an all-Ferrari duel, Duncan Cameron in the demoted 458 working his way back up and Michael Guasch attacking the defensive David Jones in the Mercedes SLS.

With 23 laps on the clock Lyons, in the Ferrari 458, was leading from pole but a poor driver switch in the pit lane allowed the #1 Trackspeed Porsche to move into first place now at the hands of the classy Westbrook.

Westbrook looked set to pull away from the field but Bell who had taken over from Guasch held onto the back of him and closed the gap from five seconds down to 1.5 but it was still not enough and the United Autosports Audi had to settle for the second step of the podium.

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

It was not all good news for Trackspeed as their second Porsche was running well before being forced out of the race. Gregor Fisken had started well and Tim Bridgman continued their pace but was pushed off the track at Lodge Corner trying to overtake the Mercedes SLS for third place before retiring with a front left puncture at Old Hall.

The squabble for third cost the Mercedes valuable time and allowed Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari and Adam’s Aston Martin a sniff at the podium. The Mercedes did not have the pace to hold them off and eventually dropped back to fifth in the final standings.

Matt Griffin, in the MTECH Racing Ferrari 458 which had started from the back of the grid, took over from Cameron and continued to push up the field with some searing lap times and ended up in seventh. The pair will be looking for a podium in race two with a higher grid slot.

In GT4, the ABG Motorsport KTM of Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton took the honours with Dan Denis and David McDonald in the Ginetta G50 in second. A special mention goes to Michael Mallock who took third in GT4 with Athanasios Ladas after storming up from last in the class to give ABG Motorsport another podium.

The sole GT3B car of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon finished the race 15th overall and the Chevron of Jordan Witt and the popular Anthony Reid came home in the GTC class, a respectable 12th overall.

Race One Results

GT3

1  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  1h 01m 12.046s / 95.01mph

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  +1.528s

3  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  +28.961s

4  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  +29.362s

5  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +41.753s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  +43.353s

7  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  +1m 03.783s

8  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +1m 06.043s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  +1m 28.404s

10  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  +1m 29.233s etc

Fastest lap: Simonsen 1m 38.635s / 98.25mph

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  35 laps

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  35 laps

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  34 laps

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  34 laps

3  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  34 laps

4  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  34 laps

5  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  34 laps





Scott urges more to sign up to the new GT3-B class for the 2011 season

6 03 2011

Aaron Scott

Scott wants more to follow his lead into the new GT3-B class

SURREY speedster Aaron Scott has thrown his weight behind the new GT3-B class and urged other British GT drivers to follow his lead and sign up.

Scott, 32, a British GT ‘veteran’ having first raced in the series in 2003, is the first and so far only driver to sign up for the new GT3-B class which allows older specification cars to run.

Whilst the top GT3 class has been boosted by a number of new entries, GT3-B has only Scott and his team-mate John Dhillon in a MTECH Ferrari F430 confirmed.

Scott told British GT: “I think it’s a great concept, relatively cheap racing for drivers in a car that is not far off the performance of the latest GT3 cars. It’s got to be an excellent way in to British GT.

“I hope there will be more cars – it’s up to the organisers to bang the drums and tell everyone about the new class. There are certainly enough cars that could race.

“It’s great to see new drivers, teams and cars in British GT. It looks like the best season since 2008 when there was a fantastic grid.

“That year I raced the Viper and we had a lot of podiums, fastest laps and a pole position at Silverstone so I’m hoping this season will be like that in terms of how competitive we will be.”

Despite older machinery, Scott wants to be fighting outright for race wins and has worked hard over the winter to get in shape for the longer endurance events.

Aaron Scott's Dodge Viper

Scott enjoyed British GT success in the Dodge Viper

He explained: “I want to win the new GT3B class for sure and, personally, it would be nice to get amongst the new cars to remind the teams that I can win outright in British GT.

“In all honesty that will be tough as the older spec 2008 is not up to the performance of the new machinery but I love a challenge!

“I’m used to the longer endurance events, I do a lot of races each season and I think that helps a lot. It’s the best form of training you can do.

“I think with experience you have to think less about driving the car and have the mental capacity to think about the race and how to get the best from the package you have.”

The 2011 season sees a revision to the rules with more endurance races on the calendar and a new pit stop time penalty which Scott believes will keep the competition interesting.

He said: “I like the endurance races and so do the teams, it’s a unique challenge and that is what GT racing is all about.

“I keep pretty fit; you have to do in this job. You have to use your head as a driver to manage the tyres but in essence they will still be sprint races and you’ve got to go flat out if you want to win.

“I like the idea of pit stop penalties, that keeps the races even and open and I’m sure there will be lots of different winners in 2010.”