Tuesday 8th September • 2009
The GT Cup season is racing on at a pace (sorry couldn’t resist) and last weekend it was time for the much anticipated 100km race at Knockhill. This was the first venture into longer distance racing for the GT Cup and an exciting preview of things to come in 2010, when GT Cup organisers, Bute Motorsport are planning a few longer distance races to compliment the existing sprint race format.
I flew up to Edinburgh on Saturday, which was a great way to travel compared to the alternative… a lonely five hour car journey! I arrived at the circuit just in time to catch the end of Saturday sprint race, which was held under incredibly difficult conditions; the circuit was shrouded in dense fog and the rain and wind weren’t helping things!
George Brewster put his local knowledge to good use, taking the overall win in his Porsche 997 under very challenging conditions, he was joined on the podium by Celtic Speed team mate Tommy Dreelan and group three winner Benjamin Harvey, who was thrilled with his first ever race win!
Sunday saw much improved weather conditions, much to everyone’s relief! This was The GT Cup’s first visit to Knockhill and what a fantastic reception we got. The race build up was quite a spectacle, a band of pipers lead the cars out onto the grid and a rather chilly looking group of grid girls added a dash of glamour to proceedings, I felt very over dressed in my massive coat!
The race was filled with drama, with several cars failing to reach the chequered flag; Bertie Carruthers, Jim Geddie, Benjamin Harvey, and Gary Eastwood all retired with mechanic failures and Phil Dryburgh ended up in the tyre wall after 29 laps.
Paul Hogarth started from pole position and went on to win the race in the Lamborghini Gallardo after pulling out a comfortable lead from the pack. Taking his second win of the weekend was a delighted George Brewster, who was followed closely behind by teammates Bob Lyons and Tommy Dreelan.
Craig Wilkins took the win for group three in his new Ginetta G50, which was a bit of a different beast to the Dodge Viper he normally drives with Aaron Scott in British GT.
After filming the post race interviews and closing pieces to camera, I was very kindly chauffeured home in the ABG team minibus and was even treated to a KFC in the services on the M6, tis a glamorous life I lead!
The next GT Cup race is at Silverstone on 10th October, the entry is already massive for that one, so come along if you can!
The Knockhill GT Cup 100 coverage will air on Motors TV on Friday 16th October at 7pm.