Bringing away three out of a possible four trophies from the previous round of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Thruxton, Century Motorsport were feeling confident for the next round which was to be held at Silverstone on 9th – 10th June. At a very sunny Silverstone, the team managed to take home a further two trophies.
The qualifying session got underway on Saturday afternoon with James Kellett qualifying in second place and Max Bird unable to do better than 14th due to a technical issue.
Race 1 got underway on Sunday morning at the prestigious Silverstone 500 event. Kellett started from second on the grid. He managed to grab the lead in the first lap however he was back in second place by the next lap. He then remained in second place and bided his time throughout the whole race, up until the final lap where he ceased his opportunity to make the move, overtaking the race leader and claiming victory.
Bird started from 14th on the grid so he had a fair bit of traffic to get through in very little time (the race was only 11 laps). He skilfully raced through the traffic, finding ninth place by lap 5. He then stormed his way through further traffic, eventually claiming sixth place at the finish.
Race 2 got underway later on in the afternoon. Kellett started from pole position but lost his lead in the first lap. By lap 3, Kellett had dropped down to fourth place however he wasn’t settling with that and three laps later he had managed to find a comfortable second place where he then remained until the chequered flag was waved. Kellett also claimed fastest lap of the race with a time of 2m26.188s.
Bird started from the third row and he had dropped two places by lap 2. By lap 4, he had climbed back up to sixth position. He then spent the remaining laps fighting to get further upfront, gaining and losing places along the way, eventually settling with eighth at the finish.
The next round will be held at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 21st – 22nd July.
“Another mega weekend for me, extending my lead in the championship to 50 points. Such an awesome feeling being back on the top step in the first race after a good battle with second position. The second race showed some good racing and a tough battle for the podium that I was able to grab second position bringing the car home safe and with good points. After the pace we showed this weekend I’m confident going into the next round at Spa as I know the track and I’m fast round there.”
“Weekend was made tough after qualifying and I believe I tried my best and got what I could from the car to secure some good points.”
Nathan Freke, Owner of Century Motorsport:
“Another solid weekend for us in terms of points. James came away with a win and a second with some great driving. It was unfortunate for Max in qualifying, making the weekend a bit tougher for him, but he drove a great race up to 6th in race one. Race two we just lacked that edge and slipped to 8th. We have extended the team championships and both drivers in the top 5 of the championship, so very pleased from that point of view.”