United Autosports pair Bell and Guasch lead British GT hunt into summer break

16 07 2011

United Autosports lead the championship going into the two month summer break (www.britishgt.com)

United Autosports lead the championship going into the two month summer break (www.britishgt.com)

UNITED Autosports head into the British GT summer break with Anglo-American pair Matt Bell and Mike Guasch leading the pack.

Five top-six finishes in the opening six rounds have seen the Audi R8 drivers top the standings since their victory in Round Three.

But with no recent podiums their closest competitors have started to reel them in and their championship lead has been cut to just two points before a trip to Rockingham in September.

Bell and Guasch finished sixth in Race One at the recent Spa meeting and a last lap overtake on their closest rivals in Race Two secured fourth place and some valuable championship points.

Guasch was slightly disappointed with their pace at Spa but knows consistency is the key and is well aware that many people would love to be in their position.

He said: “Our main aim was to get as many points as we could from both races today and although I’m a little disappointed with our results, we achieved a decent score. The championship is really tight.”

And Guasch’s boss, Richard Dean, co-owner and MD of United Autosports is pleased with how the season is developing and is confident with some hard work they can take the British GT title at the end of the year.

He concluded: “To date, we’ve achieved a win, second, third, fourth, sixth, eighth, and two ninths.

“Unfortunately the Brands non-finish for Mike and Matt has brought the title race very close.

“The Ferrari must get a penalty and the three remaining tracks are all suit the R8 LMS. It’s a pleasing position to be in.”

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United Autosports pair Bell and Guasch look to extend British GT title lead at Spa

4 07 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 at Snetterton © Jakob Ebrey

BRITISH GT Championship leaders Matt Bell and Mike Guasch are hoping to get their title hopes back on track when the series hits Belgium this weekend.

The Anglo-American pair had made an impressive start to the 2011 campaign with two podiums on the opening weekend at Oulton Park and a maiden race win at Snetterton.

But the United Autosports drivers were brought back down to earth with a terrible Brands Hatch race as their #23 Audi R8 LMS was shunted out of the two-hour enduro on just the second lap.

The fifth and sixth rounds of the series see the competition hit European shores at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit for two one-hour races.

Yorkshire based racer Matt Bell is hoping that despite limited running at the 4.35-mile track in the Ardennes they can come away with a big points haul.

He said: “I have raced at Spa once and did a five lap test in the Audi R8 LMS – the track is fantastic and is one of the best in the world.

“The length of the circuit, the setting, the nature of corners – it’s unique. Mike and I are looking to bounce back from our Brands Hatch disappointment.

“There are 50 points on offer and we’re aiming for a hefty slice of them.”

With all four of the United Autosports drivers in the two Audis having little track time around Spa, the team believes that experience gained from the Spa 24 Hour race last July will help them get on the podium.

Co-owner and Managine Director Richard Dean added: “All four drivers did a test day at Spa so they have an idea of the track which is vital as it isn’t an easy place.

“As a team, we are experienced there having achieved third and fourth places in class in the 24 Hour race last July. We are all looking forward to it.”