Geddie stars in GT Cup at Silverstone
Jim Geddie was a triple winner as the GT Cup Championship, for which Pirelli supplies tyres, enjoyed its first-ever race on Silverstone’s International circuit.
A bulging grid of almost 40 competitors turned out for rounds seven to nine of the series, with practice and qualifying taking place in wet conditions. Shaun Balfe qualified his Ferrari 458 on pole in the main GTO class, ahead of Geddie’s McLaren MP4-12C.
But in the three races – all held in dry and hot conditions – title contender Geddie prevailed, with Balfe finishing twice but disqualified from race one after exceeding the track limits. The 45-minute pitstop race was shown live on Motors TV.
“I was disappointed in qualifying because as the standing water came off the track I should have put new tyres on. I think Shaun spotted that and he deserved pole,” said Geddie. “I had to drive hard at the start and was able to get past him. The long race is the one you want to win the race by yourself.”
David Walley took the championship lead after a solid weekend with two GTB class wins and a second in his Porsche 997, but fellow Porsche driver Olly Bryant stayed in contention after winning race three. Peter Jennings took two GTC wins in his Ferrari 458, although the pitstop race spoils went to Shamus Jennings and Craig Dolby in their similar car. And there were three different winners in GTA – Colin Broster/Marcos Clutton (Porsche 996) in the pitstop race, Jeff Wyatt (BMW M3) in race two and Mark Litherland/Ben Short (BMW M3) in race three.
|Pirelli runners top Dukeries Rally
Ford Focus WRC crew Steve Perez and Paul Spooner won last weekend’s Dukeries Rally, round five of the BTRDA Rally Series, by 29 seconds ahead of Stephen Petch and Ian Windress. The top two crews were both using Pirelli tyres.
Petch kept within striking distance of Perez in his Ford Fiesta R5, with Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks a further minute back in their Mitsubishi Evo IX.
Overall Gold Cup leader Russ Thompson was fifth in his Mitsubishi, with nearest rival Matthew Robinson (Ford Escort Mk2) finishing ninth. Petch is now third in the points. The next round of the series is the Nicky Grist Stages Rally in Builth Wells on July 12.
|Spa double for Volvo ace Zumbrink
Henry Zumbrink was a double race winner as the Dutch Supercar Challenge powered by Pirelli travelled to Belgium for two 60-lap races at the renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Dutchman Zumbrink boosted his championship hopes in the leading Super GT division with two victories aboard his Day-V-Tec Volvo S60 V8, beating Louis Machiels/Niek Hommerson (AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3) in race one and team-mate Kelvin Snoeks next time out.
There were 59 entries for round three of the series, with Frederique Esquire/Patrick Van Glabeke becoming double GT winners in their Curbstone Racing Ferrari 458, matched by Max Koebolt/Ferdinand Kool (Day-V-Tec Corvette GT4) in the GTB class.
Supersport honours were shared between ‘Cor’/Luc de Cock (Cor Racing Lotus Evora) and Koen Bogaerts/Mark van der Aa (JR Motorsports BMW M3 E90) who won race one and two respectively. In the Sports division Dutch duo Dennis Chest/Martin de Kleijn (Febo Racing Renault Clio) and Nicolas Vandierendonck (Thems Porsche Cayman) prevailed.
The next round takes place in Zolder, Belgium, on June 29.
|Bertelli scores Sardinia gold for Pirelli in WRC 2
There was success for Pirelli in the World Rally Championship when Lorenzo Bertelli clinched the WRC 2 category on Rally Italia Sardegna at the weekend.
Using Pirelli Scorpion tyres and driving a Ford Fiesta Fiesta RRC built by the M-Sport team in Cumbria, Bertelli triumphed ahead of French driver Sebastien Chardonnet and Ukrainian Yuriy Protasov.
“We were dreaming quite a lot this weekend to get maybe my first podium,” said Bertelli. “But now we have our first win on my home event so I am really happy. It’s been a tough event, so demanding and tricky. But I am really pleased with my performance and with my speed.”
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