Double podiums for Hannah and Wood

May 6, 2019

British GT

It was a brilliant weekend for the #YRDArmy with both Logan Hannah and Tom Wood taking two podiums a piece over the weekend. After a difficult opening round in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship, Logan put down a statement of intent in round two finishing second and third around the anti-clockwise layout of Knockhill. Whilst over 450 miles down south Tom Wood took two podiums at Brands Hatch for round two of the European GT4 Championship.

Logan Hannah – Scottish Formula Ford Championship

The opening round of the season back in April wasn’t the ideal start Logan was hoping for. A DNF followed a seventh-place finish and it left Logan feeling slightly disappointed. However, round two presented a new challenge with the drivers having to do the anti-clockwise layout of Knockhill which was certainly going to create a more level playing field.

It was clear from the off that Logan had the pace after qualifying in third place for race one. It put her in a great position and gave her the inside line heading down to turn one. Logan took advantage of that position going straight into second after a great start off the line. With the dominant Jordan Gronkowski ahead with an advantage the task quickly became holding on to second place.

Logan lay just ahead of the chasing pack but punching a hole in the air for everyone else, it wasn’t long before they had closed up. Logan then put herself in a tricky situation after a small lock up saw her drop to fourth. Doing a good job under severe pressure, Logan’s efforts were then awarded after an incident ahead saw her go up to second place.

The safety car was then deployed to clear up the incident leaving just one lap of racing and after a great restart Logan was able to comfortably hold on to finish in an impressive second! A fantastic result which made Logan one to watch going forwards.

For race two Logan would start where she finished in race one and it was once again a blistering start with the Graham Brunton racing driver heading straight into the race lead. Unsurprisingly with Gronkowski just behind it was never going to be long before he would come past and that happened on lap two with Logan dropping to third. 

From there it was a pretty straightforward race with Logan cruising home to a second podium of the weekend boosting her all the way up to third in the standings! It was a fantastic result for Logan and leaves her in a great position for the rest of the season.

Tom Wood – European GT4 Championship 

Tom’s season had a followed a similar pattern to Logan’s, a frustrating opening round was followed by a fantastic second. Although there wasn’t huge points scored for Tom at the season opener in Monza he showed the capability he could and he and his teammate, Fiona James, hit back in fine form on home soil at Brands Hatch. 

The European GT4 Championship will see Tom visit lots of new tracks, but on one track he does know it was crucial for him to take advantage. Qualifying saw Tom get quickly settled and there was a sign of quick improvement as he qualified just outside of the top ten in the first session before qualifying in it in session two.

Fiona would start the first race and did a good job to bring the car into the pits in 25th overall before Tom jumped in the seat. After a solid pitstop Tom re-joined the track in 21st place and immediately began to make moves. Gaining six places in just fifteen minutes Tom was now at the back of the queue for tenth place.

Some fantastic moves saw him eventually knocking on the door of the top ten with Tom eleventh overall with five minutes to go and it would be where he’d have to settle for with tyre wear holding him back. Eleventh place was good enough to see Tom and Fiona finish third in the Pro-Am class, an amazing result and the first podium of the season! 

Tom started race two in 21st place and gained five places in in the first lap to move up to sixteenth. From there the stint got more and more impressive with Tom eventually bringing the car into the pits fourth overall and in a comfortable class lead. Fiona did her best to hold on to the lead, but struggled heavily with tyre wear and would eventually finish fifteenth overall giving the team another Pro-Am podium.

It was a fantastic weekend for Tom and is a result that boosts the Academy Motorsport team right up the championship standings.