Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit proved a happy hunting ground for the second year in succession for Total Control Racing on Sunday, 13th September, with the Wednesbury team scooping its second Ginetta GT5 Challenge championship title in as many seasons at the Leicestershire track.
Following in the wheeltracks of the West Midlands squad’s 2014 title winner George Gamble, TCR’s James Kellett is the new category champion and all after a weekend which delivered absolutely everything – the 17-year-old overcoming illness, and a non-finish in race one, to proudly secure the crown by 19 points from chief rival Ollie Chadwick.
Beginning the event with a healthy 34 point advantage at the top of the standings, Kellett’s hopes took a huge hit in round 19 on Saturday, 12th September, when contact at the Old Hairpin on the first lap pitched him into the gravel.
With chief rival Ollie Chadwick then moving into a seven point lead in round 20 on Sunday morning after taking second place, with Kellett finishing fourth, the TCR driver had it all to do in the final race which was broadcast live on Motors TV.
After importantly moving ahead of Chadwick for position early in the race with a superb cut-back into Redgate on lap four to grab third, Chadwick then stopped on track seconds later due to his car suffering propshaft failure. Maintaining third to the finish on lap seven after two Safety Car periods, his 17th podium of the championship, Kellett celebrated a deserved title victory.
Team boss Lee Brookes said: “It’s been up and down for James all weekend, we’ve had bad luck but it actually turned round for us in the last race. It’s unfortunate for Ollie, you don’t wish that on anybody, but we had bad luck on Saturday and some better fortune on Sunday.
“The guy who should have won it has won it. I’m so pleased, two years now we’ve won this championship and we’ve got some cracking lads in the team. Everyone has done an absolutely superb job all season.”