The Ferrari Dream

Jake 2017, race report

Following James’ success at the 24H of Silvertstone, he was called up to join Leyton Clarke again but this time in an FF Corse prepared Ferrari 458 GTC. The weekend started with a bright morning at Brands Hatch, with James making his first outing in the car and posting a time good enough for 2nd place in class (6th overall) only 0.556 shy of the first place car driven by team mate Bon Grimes, a great start to the weekend.

Qualifying saw the heavens open, and with James and Bon trading times, Bon got the last lap on a drying track and secured P1 (2nd overall) with James setting a time good enough for P2 (4th overall).

Race 1 saw James make not a great start with Jake Rattenbury passing him into the first corner, leaving James P3 in class but right behind Jake and Bon. With all three cars fighting for P1 in class, Jake made a move on Bon going into the GP loop which ended with him piling into the side of Bon and taking both cars off. This allowed James to weave his way through to take P1 in class and leave a huge gap back to P2. From then on it was plain sailing for James who ended his first GT Cup race P1 in class, setting the fastest lap too, and P3 overall!

Thrilled with the result from race 1, James got back in for another 30 minute race and this time made a fantastic start, fending off advances from Bon and going into the first corner still in P1. It stayed this way for the whole 15 laps with Bon sitting right on James’ tail but not able to find a way past. Another win for James and another fastest lap in class!

After such great results on Saturday, we went into Sunday hoping for the same in the hour long pit stop race. James was beaten to P1 in class by Bon yet again, finishing P2 in class (P3 overall). Starting on the inside of the track however meant that after another great start James managed to pass Bon into the first corner where he stayed for 7 laps until Bon unfortunatley caught the grass under braking for Druids and both of their races. A sad end to such a fantastic weekend but as they say, that’s racing.

Thanks to Graham Lucking for the opportunity and Leyton Clarke for the support throughout the weekend!