Laser Tools Racing Report Ginetta GT4 Supercup Brands Hatch Indy
The race meeting at Brands Hatch was also the debut of Laser Tools Racing in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Challenge, a support series for the BTCC with races running on the Saturday and Sunday. Our driver is Jack Mitchell, a close friend of Aiden Moffat’s, both drivers having known each other for a number of years.
The mighty Laser Tools Racing Ginetta G55 is a pure racing car (no road version available) and very fast, lapping the very short Brands Hatch Indy circuit about 1.3 seconds faster than the touring cars.
Jack Mitchell in the Laser Tools Racing Ginetta G55 at Brands Hatch Indy
The qualifying session was early on Saturday morning and Jack Mitchell managed a very commendable 47.3 seconds lap which put him firmly on P3 position on the grid for the first race. Driving Ginetta in anger for the first time in this race, Jack finished in 4th place. He obviously learned a lot in that first race because he raced confidently and maturely in Race 2 and was rewarded with a resounding first place.
Jack commented: “Qualifying went really well, we found a good balance of the car on new tyres and I was able to put in our personal best time. This put us 3rd on the grid for race 1.
“In Race 1, I didn’t manage to get the best start from my position, which lost one place going into the first corner. I could see we had the pace throughout the race, but due to the loss of a place off the line, it stopped me getting a podium due to a well defended race from the two drivers directly in front.
“In Race 2, after starting 4th I managed to get a good start, jumping two places into 2nd right behind the leader. Two laps later I managed to take the lead on the exit of Graham Hill, for the rest of the race I kept consistent lap times to maintain the gap to 2nd place and take the win.”
We had to wait until 3:00pm on Sunday for Race 3, and with all the excitement of getting Aiden Moffat’s car repaired before his final race, Jack Mitchell was lining up on the starting grid, in position 5, because of the Ginetta Supercup championship’s Race 3 reverse-grid rule.
And what a race this was! Almost immediately Jack advanced through the field up to P2. Then there was a terrific tussle for first place with George Gamble (a very experienced Ginetta driver who had won the first race), and after a few laps Jack managed to get in front. He held this first place comfortably for most of the remaining race but then the safety car was called out due to an incident with the backmarkers. When the race restarted George Gamble was right behind Jack and managed to push past into first place. This was on a very tight bend and as Jack reacted, his Ginetta hit the kerb and spun off in a most spectacular fashion. Jack managed to hold on to it though and brought it out of the spin and continued. He’d lost the places though and finished back in 7th.
Jack explained: “I started Race 3 in 5th position as it was reverse grid, and managed to hold my position going into the first corner. For the next two laps managed to stay out of trouble and pick off the three cars in front of me. I then started my hunt for the leader, once I caught up to him I made a move into the first corner taking the lead and starting to pull a gap until the safety car came out. After the restart it became more of a defensive race, losing the lead going into Paddock Hill, I went for the switchback but took slightly too much kerb on the inside causing the car to spin, losing me five places. All in all it was a good weekend with lots of positives. We know we have the pace for the future rounds.”
That’s motor racing for you! The next rounds Jack is competing in are at Oulton Park 20/21 May 2017.