Qualifying Report

The 40-minute session started with a dry track and with all cars on slick tyres, driver confidence was high. Olivier Bouche in the Stratton Motorsport with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car set the early pace, in second place was Andrew Soper in the Aston Martin Racing # 8 this was the first race for both Andrew and his team mate Matt Doyle in any category of racing. Third was Florian Kamelger driving the # 76 Aston Martin St Gallen machine. As the majority of the grid started to pit for their driver changes it was Olivier Bouche and Pierre Mantello in car # 22 holding the provisional pole position, Andrew Soper and Matt Doyle in car # 8 second, third was now Bolaji Odunsi in the Track-Club.com # 14 car. Mike Brown driving the MB Racing # 7 machine put a great lap together moving him up to fourth position. With five minutes to go everyone was pushing very hard but the times weren’t improving which meant as the checkered flag came out it would be Olivier Bouche and Pierre Mantello who would claim another pole position in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain. Second place went to Andrew Soper and Matt Doyle qualifying second in their first ever race, what an amazing achievement! Third place went to Bolaji Odunsi in car # 20, fourth went to Mike Brown and Paul Cripps in car # 7 and the Aston Martin St Gallen # 76 car of Florian Kamelger and Dr Andreas Baenziger were fifth.


Qualifying Result

1. 22 Pierre Mantello/Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato- 1:36.813
2. 1 Andrew Soper/Matt Doyle - Aston Martin Racing - 1:38.849
3. 20 Bolaji Odunsi - Track-Club.com - 1:38.881
4. 7 Mike Brown/Paul Cripps- MB Racing - 1:39.069
5. 76 Andreas Baenziger/Florian Kamelger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 1:39.090
6. 91 Chris Kemp - Stratton Motorsport - 1:40.537
7. 62 Kenneth Greenberg/Andreas Kramer-Stratton Motorsport with team Wrinkle 200 - 1:41.431
8. 47 Paul Bartley/Stuart Patterson- Stratton Motorsport - 1:41.453
9. 5 Desmond Smail/Julian Reddyhough - Mardi Gras- 1:42.076
10. 56 Steven Hendy - Generation AMR - 1:42.892

Race Report 1

Saturday’s race conditions were very wet meaning that the competitors were given two green flag laps as all drivers had qualified in the dry. Olivier Bouche driving the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car started the 60 minute race, leading the pack round on the green flag laps, the lights went out and Olivier held the lead into Paddock Hill bend, the Aston Martin Racing # 8 entry with Andrew Soper at the wheel also got a fantastic start and held onto his second position, Bolaji Odunsi in car # 20 was third with the MB Racing # 7 entry of Mike Brown in fourth. On lap 2 Mike Brown passed the Track-Club.com # 20 car of Bolaji Odunsi. Desmond Smail in the Mardi Gras Motorsport # 5 car was flying through the field getting up to fifth position by lap 4.

On Lap 6 Andrew Soper driving the Aston Martin Racing # 8 machine pitted to clear a very steamed up front screen, this was a real shame as it meant he had dropped out of second place to the tail of the grid. By lap 10 Olivier had created a 45 second lead over the rest of the field, but the battle for second place was very close with Mike Brown in the MB Racing # 7 car and Bolaji Odunsi in the Track-Club.com number # 20 car, pushing each other very hard in the very tricky conditions.

Chris Kemp in the Stratton Motorsports # 91 car was the first to pit on lap 9 for the only mandatory pit stop of this race, there was no refueling allowed in this race. Chris was driving solo for this weekend so would continue on to the end of the race. Kenneth Greenberg pitted next in the Stratton Motorsport with team Wrinkle 200 number # 62 car, handing over driving duties to Dr Andreas Kramer.

On Lap 14 Steven Hendy driving the Generation AMR # 56 car ran wide on the exit of Clearways ending up in the gravel trap. Race control made the decision to bring out the Aston Martin DBS safety car to neutralise the situation and to recover the stricken # 56 car as it was very close to the edge of the track on the outside of a blind corner.

With the safety car now on track the rest of the field took their mandatory pit stops for their driver changes. The only car not to pit was the leader; Olivier Bouche in car # 22 had now built up a lead of over a lap over the rest of the field. After all mandatory stops had been completed it was Pierre Mantello, now driving the # 22 Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato car, leading from Bolaji Odunsi in the # 20 Track-Club.com machine in second, third was now Paul Cripps in the MB racing # 7 car and fourth was the Aston Martin Racing # 8 car with Matt Doyle at the wheel, who had fought his way back up through the field after their early issues.

Bolaji Odunsi was driving absolutely brilliantly in the very tricky conditions and was putting together some very consistent lap times, this meant that he was catching the leader at about 6 or 7 seconds per lap and with only ten laps remaining meant he would potentially catch Pierre Mantello and challenge for the lead.

 

On Lap 22 there was a coming together between Julian Reddhough in the Mardi Gras Motorsport # 5 car and the lead # 22 car of Pierre Mantello who was lapping the # 5 car. The collision happened at Druids corner; the # 5 car came to a stop on the exit of Graham Hill bend and was unable to continue in the race. This helped Bolaji`s cause even more and the pressure was now all on the leader. Pierre then had a half spin going into Graham Hill a few laps later again meaning Bolaji was getting closer all the time and with only 5 laps remaining Bolaji had reduced the gap to under 10 seconds. Pierre managed to find enough pace to hold the # 20 car at bay all the way to the flag but as they crossed the line Bolaji had reduced the deficit to just under half a second.

The news suddenly came through that the clerk of the course wanted to have a conversation with Pierre Mantello following a succession of reports from the marshalls concerning potential driving discrepancies. The outcome of this visit to race control was a minute penalty for the Frenchman moving the # 22 car into second place in the amended results.

All this drama meant that it was Bolaji Odunsi, in the Track-Club.com # 20 car, who would take his maiden victory in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain. Second were Pierre Mantello and Olivier Bouche, in the Stratton Motorsport with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car and third completing the podium positions, with another very profession

Fourth place went to the first time racers of Andrew Soper and Matt Doyle in the Aston Martin Racing # 8 GT4 car, after a stunning display from both drivers in their first ever motor racing weekend, both drivers were very pleased with the weekends results, but also a little disappointment as they knew that without the front screen issues, a podium would have been on the cards. al drive, was the MB Racing crew of Mike Brown and Paul Cripps.

Race Result

1. 20 Bolaji Odunsi - Track-Club.com - 31 Laps
2. 22 Pierre Mantello/Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato- 31 Laps
3. 7 Mike Brown/Paul Cripps- MB Racing - 31 Laps
4. 1 Andrew Soper/Matt Doyle - Aston Martin Racing - 31 Laps
5. 62 Kenneth Greenberg/Andreas Kramer - Stratton Motorsport with team Wrinkle 200 - 31 Laps
6. 76 Andreas Baenziger/Florian Kamelger - Aston Martin St Gallen - 30 Laps
7. 91 Chris Kemp - Stratton Motorsport - 30 Laps
8. 47 Paul Bartley/Stuart Patterson- Stratton Motorsport - 30 Laps
9. 56 Steven Hendy - Generation AMR - 27 Laps Not Classified
5 Desmond Smail/Julian Reddyhough - Mardi Gras Motorsport - 22 Laps

Fastest lap
22 Pierre Mantello/Olivier Bouche - Stratton Motorsport with Immun’age and Osato - 1:48.891