GB4 Championship — Donington Park
The Donington Park GP circuit was the venue for the season finale of the MSV GB4 Championship held over the weekend of October 15-16. The Laser Tools Racing team of Logan Hannah and Chloe Grant were at Donington for the second time this year, Logan being rewarded with a convincing race win the last time round.
After the qualifying session on Saturday morning Logan commented: “After the pace we showed in qualifying at Brands Hatch I was confident heading into the 18 minute session. Unfortunately due to a red flag and the session being cut short we were unable to get to the sweet spot in the tyre and set- up to be able to start setting flying laps, but due to being able to put in two respectable ‘banker’ laps, I finished the final GB4 qualifying session of the year in P9.”
Chloe found the shortened qualifying session tough as well, finishing in P12.
After a lunchtime shower, the track was dry in some places and rather wet in others for Race 1. Logan, starting in 9th, managed to get a good getaway. After a good few laps of close racing in the opening segment of the race, she again showed good pace in the tricky (damp) conditions, ultimately finishing where she started in P9.
Recovering from a disappointing qualifying session earlier, Chloe also got a good start and immediately showed good pace. Over the race, she picked up a few places and finished in P8.
Race 2 was unfortunate for Logan after an aggressive move on a cold and damp track resulted in her race being cut short. A non-existent front wing and twisted steering arm meant that a new nose cone couldn’t be put on and she ended Race 2 of the weekend with a DNF.
Chloe started in P12 and again worked her way through the field to finish in P7. The qualifying (reverse-grid) rules meant that she would be starting the final race of the day in P2.
Race 3 of the day and the final race of the 2022 GB4 Championship did not start well for Chloe Grant. “Unfortunately, we didn't have the race we planned for in the final,” said Chloe, “ending up in the gravel after an incident off the start at turn one — definitely not the way I hoped to finish the year.”
Logan had made it up to fourth early-on before the safety car was deployed at the end of the first lap. A mistake in the restart unfortunately dropped her down the order but she ended the season enjoying the close racing that GB4 has been showcasing all year, again showing some good pace once she broke away from the pack of drivers holding her up.
To finish the season Logan commented: “Looking at the progress we have made over the year, I am pleased to be able to call myself a GB4 race winner and shown each weekend that I am able to fight with the drivers up at the front and hold my own.”
And from Chloe: “This year has been an experience that I'm not sure I have the words for! Amazing to say the least. It's flown by for sure. Today I'm back on the sim as we have less than a month before hitting the track in Maranello for the Girls on Track Final with the FIA and Motorsport UK.”
Thanks to both our drivers for giving us such an exciting and entertaining championship!