The Ginetta G55 GT4 claimed silverware in both hour-long British GT sprint races at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, courtesy of superb performances by customer teams HHC Motorsport and Lanan Racing.
The first race of the meeting saw Lanan and HHC combine for a double podium for the G55. In what turned into a frantic 30-minute sprint after two lengthy safety-car periods in the first half, Lanan’s Dave Pittard and HHC’s Stuart Middleton battled for second all the way to the flag.
HHC started from pole, but slipped to second place at the start, with Will Tregurtha forced to sit in the car behind the safety car, unable to fight to gain the place back.
“There wasn’t a lot I could do, as I only really got one-and-a-half racing laps before pitting,” Tregurtha said. “Stuart did well though to fight and keep us in for a podium towards the end.”
When the race resumed as the round of stops began, Tregurtha and Alex Reed in the Ginettas pitted, and Middleton and Pittard rejoined in fourth and fifth respectively. Misfortunes for cars ahead, and consistent driving, promoted the pair to second and third, and they battled for the podium spots in the final laps.
Pittard was jubilant with the result, which extended his and his team-mate’s championship lead.
“I wanted that so badly! Fair play to Stuart (Middleton), he gave me lots of room, it was a fair race,” Pittard said. “Top job for him, and that made it such good race at the end. It was very even between us. I was lacking outright speed in a straight line, but made the most of the traffic to stay with him and get back past him.
“On the final lap into the Bus Stop I moved around in his mirrors and he out-braked himself and went straight on. I out-dragged him at the line.”
HHC’s Ginetta would fare better in race two, however, scoring a podium once again after Tregurtha fought through the field in the second half of the race to take second place for the team and earn ivaluable points in the championship.
Tregurtha and Middleton scored a full 25 points equivalent for a race win, as the car that took the victory was a one-off entry for this round not eligible for points.
“Will (Tregurtha) at one point was waiting to see what happened and how it would happen, and he did well to not push too hard early, and strike at the end,” HHC Motorsport’s team manager Charlie Kemp said.
“We knew a chance for a podium was on, but that second would be tricky, but he did a very good job and nabbed the last one on the final lap!”
Further back, Lanan Racing would finish sixth in the class after a strong drive from Pittard in the opening scramble, and Reed who drove the car to the flag.
“It all kicked off in GT3 at Les Combes at the start, I just kept my foot in and stayed out of trouble, and in front of our championship rivals,” Pittard explained. “We were good on tyre wear so we came into our own at the end.
“Alex then went out in clear air with fresh tyres and the Ginettas were so fast by the end, we gained two positions on the last lap. It all came together!”
The British GT Championship season continues with a trip to Brands Hatch for the penultimate round on 5-6 August.