© Ryan Ratcliffe 2017
Produced by Abbott Designs Ltd
On Saturday we qualified 3rd in British GT4 and 7th overall in GT4. I had a fantastic start and by the end of the hanger straight I was first in British GT4 and 2nd overall in GT4, however this was short lived. After being bullied out of the way by the quicker European cars, I settled down and concentrated on keeping the British GT4 lead. I fell back to 2nd after being pushed wide at Brooklands by Declan Jones.
Things went from bad to worse when I missed the opportunity to pit, as the safety car board came out seconds after I passed the pit lane entrance. We were a lap down after our pit stop and had a lot of ground to make up. A second safety car was deployed and Rick came in from a storming stint to hand the car back over to me. I knew we had a lot of work to do to get the result we needed. I can honestly say it was the hardest race I’ve ever done. I came in after an hour to hand the car over to Rick for the last stint. Rick drove fantastically, putting in consistent fast times. Luckily due to our early stop we had now done our mandatory 3 pit stops and were the only GT4 team to have done so. This meant that when the APO car pitted we took the British GT4 lead and 3rd overall in GT4. To finish 3rd overall amongst the much quicker European cars was fantastic and a great confidence boost for everyone.
Even though we were not on the top step, we were still the leading British GT4 car and the only British car on the Podium. It was a well deserved result for myself, Rick and the whole team. I would like to thank the whole Optimum Motorsport team and everyone involved for all their hard work. This result has defiantly lifted everyone’s spirits after the frustrating start to the season.