It was an ‘ok’ weekend for Gus in the Porsche, with a P2 start after a decent time in qualifying.
The first race was an early start, 9:20am. A good start saw Gus take the lead, which is where he stayed for about half the race. With P2Jewiss hot on his heals, it didn’t need much of a mistake to see Jewiss come through after Ribbles corner, where Gus went slightly wide onto the dust. Will Martin also got through, but Gus promptly took P2 place back. There was a safety car for a few laps and after that finished Gus continued as was and stayed in P2 as the race progressed then as the last 6 laps approached, he started to close down P1. Then with news 3 or 4 laps from the end that P1 had hit track limits and been given a 5-second penalty Gus saved his tyres and stayed where he was. A heads up from the pits over the radio gave him the info – so not need to waste tyres and no point in taking a chance as he was far enough ahead of Will Martin to be sure he got P1. The race finished with Gus taking the win – for now…
Up on the podium, Gus took his winner’s trophy and then drew a ball for reverse grid in race 2. Out came ball 5, so Gus was to be P5 in race 2.
BUT STOP PRESS! An appeal against the 5-second penalty by Kean Jewiss’ team saw the 5-second penalty rescinded, so Gus was now relegated to P2. Therefore, he now started the 2nd race in P4.
The second race soon came round and whilst it wasn’t the best race, the positions stayed much the same and Gus came in P5.
Not a bad weekend – with some more points in the bag. Now a look forward to Thruxton in 2 weeks, 27/28 August. Thruxton is a fast circuit, so it will be an exciting weekend.