British GT – Silverstone – Car retires after 1 hour
The British GT Championship event on the Silverstone GP circuit proved a disappointment for George and co-drivers Luke Hines and John Hartshorne, when their car was retired due to differential problems as the race went into its second hour. The 32 car grid for this race was the largest to assemble in British GT this year and the Optimum Motorsport drivers had been looking forward to challenging for a good result.
The qualifying session had its frustrations too. Luke went out for new tyre run and delivered with time to put the Ginetta G55 on 8th spot of the grid. However, to avoid a slower car at the exit of a corner, he ran wide. The stewards deemed that he had exceeded the track limits, and disallowed the time. Consequently, the car lined up 19th on the grid.
As the race got underway, John settled into the first stint after a frantic first few laps. On 40 minutes, the first pitstop ran smoothly and George took to the wheel. However, soon after joining the race, he was reporting problems with the car over the radio. As things got worse, it was time to bring the car in for checks, where terminal trouble with the differential was diagnosed and the car was retired from the race.
Race highlights can be seen on Saturday Sep. 22nd on Channel 4 at 07.00 and on Motors TV UK at 17.52, and online at 4OD from Sep. 24th.
British GT resumes at Donington Park on Sep. 30th for the final, and championship deciding, round over 2 hours.