It was a bittersweet weekend for Century Motorsport at Thruxton for the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup. Gus Burton made history in the Ginetta G55 – setting a new lap record, but then had bad luck thrown his way after contact in the first race forced him to retire. He went on to turn things around, with a podium finish in the second and third race but he now sits third in the drivers’ championship table after previously leading. It was Jamie Falvey’s time to shine this weekend, setting the fastest lap in the first two races, whilst also controlling both races with ease, claiming his first and second victories of the season.
Burton started the weekend on a mega high in the qualifying session – he set the fastest ever lap time recorded around Thruxton in a Ginetta G55. The excitement was short lived though, after a dramatic start to the opening race, with contact between the two front row starters leading to retirement for Burton. Falvey (P4 grid start position) was the one to watch in this race – he stormed past Will Burns on the off – grabbing the lead after the Burton-Smalley incident. After a safety car period and a perfect re-start from Falvey, he took his maiden win with more than a two-second lead.
Burton started from the back of the Pro class grid in Sunday’s opening race, and in true Burton style, he impressed – flying from seventh to fourth initially, later taking advantage of a gap to find third place, where he crossed the finish line. Falvey built an immediate lead, controlling the entire race to then take his second win of the weekend whilst also setting the fastest lap of the race for the second time in as many races.
The reverse grid for the final race of the weekend saw Burton start from P3 and Falvey from P5. It was a tough, close battle between second, third and fourth throughout the entire race and despite trying to challenge for second on several occasions, Burton could not find a way past. Burton crossed the line in third and Falvey in fifth.
The next round of SuperCup is at North Yorkshire’s Croft Circuit in three weekend’s time (10/11 October).
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