The Ginetta Race Drivers Club enjoyed their second meeting of 2015 at Silverstone this weekend (30/31 May), with a number of drivers making their debut on the grid, including CAR magazine journalist James Taylor, who claimed both available wins at the home of British motorsport.
Former want2race competition winner Taylor qualified on pole position for race one, and despite losing the lead to double Rockingham race winner Adrian Campbell-Smith on the opening lap, he quickly retrieved command and led to the flag.
A great start for Mike Jarvis saw him climb from sixth to fourth over the opening few corners, a momentum he maintained throughout the six laps to climb further - into fourth - by the time the race drew to a close.
Similarly, Phil McGarty was on a roll, starting from the penultimate grid slot, he climbed to 15thby the mid-point, before dropping back in the latter half of the race. Back up front, a three-way fight for fourth emerged between Richard Elliker and Peter Digby, but a spin coming out of Brooklands for Elliker dropped him to ninth, handing the place to the Xtrac boss.
In the race for the final spot in the top five, Richard Smith – who had started ninth – had a great scrap with Mike Jarvis, until Smith faltered under pressure from behind and spun, handing the position to Jarvis, who then picked off Digby to claim fourth at the flag.
Starting from pole position for race two, Taylor lost the lead to Campbell-Smith going into Copse for the first time. Three laps of almost constant position-swapping later and Taylor reclaimed the lead before speeding off to take the win by six seconds.
Digby held third for much of the race before being passed by Evans just after the halfway point, whilst the other two Richard’s – Smith and Elliker – also enjoyed an impressive fight for sixth. Elsewhere, despite an opening lap fumble which saw Garstang drop down the order, he managed to recover to take tenth, following an awesome race against Oliphant and Zwicky-Ross.
Behind them, McGarty, Perkins and Collinson broke off into a race of their own for 12thplace, whilst Cundy, Plumb, Nadarajan, Hughes and Finneran were equally as entertaining in their race to be best of the rest.
As the drivers’ season is now officially at the halfway point, the road legal racing cars now face a fettle ahead of their road trip to Le Mans in just under a fortnight’s time. If you think what you have to repeat Taylor’s success, check out want2race.co.uk to be in with a chance of winning a place on the grid!