The Amigos backed Ginetta GT4 Supercup pairing of George Gamble & Seb Perez, both secured a solid haul of points towards their championship aspirations at Rockingham Motor Speedway last weekend (26th/27th August).
It has been an up and down season for both Amigos pilots which has seen the lows replaced with podium results and race wins. The series had just three events left on the calendar and both Gamble and Perez would head to the Northamptonshire circuit looking to make inroads on their position in the championship.
However, it would be Gamble’s race one result on Saturday that would make the headlines. Despite missing out on setting a qualifying time thanks to power steering failure as the session got underway, the Nottingham driver stormed from 11th on the grid to take second place by the time the chequered flag dropped some 12 laps later.
His superb drive would bolster his title hopes and he would head into race two on Sunday with renewed confidence.
With two races under the blazing August heat, tyre wear would certainly come into play for the Ginetta pilots and Gamble would suffer more than most, edging down the order to sixth by the time he crossed the line in the second race of the weekend. A new tyre strategy for the final blast helped a little, climbing from sixth to fourth to take more valuable points for the championship.
“We certainly had a fantastic opening race this weekend and really couldn’t have done much more to get back in the leading fight after our qualifying issues,” said Gamble. “The two races today (Sunday) were much tougher and we struggled with tyre wear this afternoon. I just couldn’t make it stick when I needed to but after the start to the weekend, I`ll take three strong finishes home which is a blessing”.
Gamble will now head to the final two rounds of the season in third place in the championship.
With his best qualifying time removed for exceeding track limits, Perez would start from 10th on the grid for race one. The super-fast banked turns of the oval circuit offered room for movement up the order and Perez duly delivered in the dash off the line. In a stunning start, Perez moved from P10 to P4 and was eying up third when he was hit from behind and sent into the midfield and out of contention.Much like his compatriot, Perez would find it hard to make the Ginetta work in the heat of Sunday’s races and despite an impressive pace across both, couldn’t make inroads on his grid positions during the day. Eleventh and ninth would be the result for the Chesterfield ace.
“It’s not quite come together this weekend really,” said Perez on Sunday evening. “I was really pleased with the opening charge on lap one of the first race which proves that I’ve got the pace to do that kind of thing but being punted off helps nobody. It ruins your weekend and you end up being on the back foot for races two and three. That said I`m learning all the time so we will take the positives to Silverstone and see what we can make of it from there”.
The Ginetta GT4 Supercup will now head to the “Home of British Motorsport” in just three weeks time for rounds 18, 19 and 20 at Silverstone.
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