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Optimum Motorsport agonisingly close to
maiden GT3 podium in Silverstone 500.
Shrewd strategic decisions ensured Optimum Motorsport was in the fight for an outright podium finish until the final lap of the Pirelli British GT Championship Silverstone 500, but fifth place was embraced by all at the team at the end of a dramatic and enthralling three-
In GT3, Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore spent their practice time dialling out a pointy front end on their Audi R8 LMS and a couple of innocuous trips over the gravel did little to hamper the teammates’ qualifying and race preparations.
Moore started Sunday’s three-
However, Optimum Motorsport took a strategic decision to make a second successive driver-
A drying line soon appeared and Optimum’s shrewd strategic gamble appeared to be paying off when it switched Moore for Ratcliffe with 80 minutes remaining, the team ascending to P1 on the leaderboard as others made their third and final stops.
Unfortunately, a conservative start to Ratcliffe’s stint meant he came under attack from Gold and Platinum graded Pros in the latter stages, and the slick-
Disappointed not to achieve Optimum Motorsport’s maiden GT3 podium at the end of what he described as “the hardest race of his life”, Ratcliffe said: “The Silverstone 500 was bittersweet because if somebody has offered me a fifth place this morning I would have taken it. We couldn’t have done that without Optimum Motorsport’s brilliant strategy and slick pit stops and an outstanding stint by Will (Moore). It’s the first time I’ve driven the car on slicks in damp conditions and it was hands down the most difficult race of my life. It was a big learning curve for me and I’m happy with fifth, but gutted that we didn’t get on the podium at the same time.”
Optimum Motorsport Team Principal, Shaun Goff, said: “I would have taken a P5 at the start of the weekend and it was strategy and quick decision-
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