Optimum Motorsport in the title race, set for GT Open finale in Barcelona
In a metaphorical blink of the eye, Optimum Motorsport is about to start the final race weekend of the International GT Open season this weekend (29 October – 1 November) in Barcelona and following a strong showing at Spa, remain very much in championship contention with both cars.
For the team, its first season in running the McLaren 720S GT3 in the series, has been a success with 12 class Pro-Am podium positions, further outright top-three finishes and just one race retirement.
It’s an unchanged line-up for rounds 11 and 12 once again with Brendan Iribe / Ollie Millroy competing in the #7 McLaren, with Nick Moss / Joe Osborne in the #72 entry. In terms of the Pro-Am championship, this is still a possibility, should the team be able to replicate its Spa-Francorchamps form at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
With 10 points available for each win, all four-drivers remain in contention. Nick has 49-points, nine behind the championship leader, while Joe has 46 points (having missed rounds 1 and 2) while Brendan and Ollie have 45.
The event gets underway with Free Practice for the Bronze-rated driver Thursday evening at 16:55. There are two further practice session on Friday afternoon with Saturday given over to qualification and the first race. Sunday follows the same format with qualifying early in the day and the final round of the championship in the afternoon.
Ollie Millroy, #7 McLaren 720S GT3
“We are still in the championship race, but realistically, my aim is to beat our nearest rivals and that’s our friends in the #72 McLaren! We’ve been perhaps a little unfortunate this year with a couple of unnecessary on-track incidents. Equally, this year has delivered so much more than we ever really expected as a whole. Brendan continues to punch above his weight and is doing a great job to keep us in the title race, and it’s down to the wire in the final two rounds.”
Joe Osborne, #72 McLaren 720S GT3
“I missed the first round of the International GT Open championship, which means Nick is by himself leading for our team in the Pro-Am standings. Nick’s getting quicker by the race and it is my role to support him as much as possible and to provide him with the best opportunity to win the championship. We’re obviously looking to maximise our score, but we also have in the back of our mind the success penalty we carry into the race weekend after the Spa victory. But it’s all to play for!”