July 25, 2018
This was now round seven of the championship and up until this point Tom had been suffering with several issues which had often hindered the amount of time he could be in the car. Being his debut season, time in the seat is critical not only to achieve good results. but also improve as a driver as well!
There was a big buzz around the garage on arrival to the circuit as the car was revealed and it’s fair to say it looked awesome! The atmosphere combined with the work from the team and co-driver Anna had given Tom just the confidence booster he needed which helped lead to the result that would follow.
Qualifying started off slow for Tom and the team as they began to find their feet now racing in the GT4 ProAM class. They needed to find time in the race if they were going to get anywhere near a podium and would start 7th in class and 15th overall.
It was then on to the race which would be two hours in length. Tom would go out in the final stint and as other teams began to struggle Pro-Technika were moving up the order! Not only that but Tom and Anna had managed to improve their lap times by a staggering eight seconds over the weekend making them legitimate podium contenders.
Tom eventually got the team up to 2nd place and with the race leaders down the road it was just about staying on track and keeping the chasing drivers behind. As the team watched on nervously Tom was able to do just that and brought the car home on it’s debut in 8th overall of the GT4 teams and 2nd in class! It was a fantastic achievement and with the next race at a more familiar track for Tom in Bands Hatch there’s no doubt he’ll be chasing that top step!
For Toom Wood the race weekend at Spa was not quite as straightforward. The Academy Motorsport driver racing in the GT4 class qualified in the top ten and was looking to finish in the top five. But any chances of that happening were quickly put to bed with the team suffering two punctures in the race as they were able to bring the car home in 9th place. It was a tough race, full of drama but an impressive result considering the circumstances.
Oscar returned to Formula Renault Eurocup racing this weekend at the Red Bull Ring. After a strong qualifying the Australian went on to finish 6th in a reduced race one before holding position in race two to finish 9th. That leaves Oscar 9th in the championship heading into Spa this weekend!
Ayrton Simmons made an impressive debut in the British F3 Championship at Spa. With minimal testing the Chris Dittman Racing driver scored himself a 4th position in race two making him one to watch in the remaining three rounds!
Jodie Fieldhouse was back on the bike at Brands Hatch racing in the Hel Performance Motostar British Championship. With the GP layout to learn and a mixture of conditions Jodie put in a good performance in race one battling for 12th place for most of race one! Race two saw Jodie improve hugely in times gaining almost two seconds
Also present was Max Cook who had mixed fortunes but picked up an impressive 2nd in race two!
Ivan Lomliev - 4th & 5th (Toughest weekend of the season despite the results)
Luke Watts - 15th & 13th (Track didn't suit Luke's weight. On to the next one!)
Vinnie Phillips - 8th & 7th (Another brilliant weekend, now knocking on the door of the top 10 in the championship)
Luke Whitehead - 19th & 11th (Brilliant Saturday, luck changed for the worse on Sunday)