Solid Performances at Silverstone

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The Silverstone weekend of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge provided some great racing action at the home of British Motorsport and a huge points haul for the Optimum Motorsport drivers. For the majority of the team, the Silverstone Arena circuit was a new challenge – most had never raced at the huge 3.66 mile circuit. However, each driver performed well to boost their championship positions.

Jason Kenny

Having had a difficult weekend at Rockingham, Jason Kenny bounced back to claim a 6th place in the tightly fought Ginetta GT 5 Challenge - his best ever finish to date.“I had a cracking weekend and really enjoyed it” said Kenny. “I managed to benefit from a couple of the faster guys tripping over each other or spinning and claimed three top 10 finishes so it was happy days for me!”

Tor McIlroy

Tor has made great progress during 2013 and the weekend at Silverstone saw another set of strong finishes. Some great battles with Matt Flowers and Ben Hyland ensued during the first two races and Tor even ran in third place during race three – testament to his development as a driver.“I'm very pleased to be finding great pace, especially as it’s only my first full season racing” said McIlroy. “I don’t have any previous car or karting experience so it’s great to be giving the more seasoned drivers a run for their money”

Andy Marshall

Making his car racing debut at Silverstone was always going to be a steep learning curve for Andy Marshall – especially given that his black G40 was only finished a few days before the race. The monsoon weather, which swept Silverstone on Friday made Andy's task even more difficult."Having never driven either the car or the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit until this weekend, I was determined to maximise my seat-time” said Marshall. “I was treating the meeting as an extended test session really so was pleased to come away with 3 points finishes. I feel the experience has given me a very positive platform to build on for the rest of the season."

Thiago Calvet

After three strong finishes at Rockingham, Thiago was feeling extremely positive ahead of the Silverstone race weekend and was aiming for a podium finish. The weekend started strongly after securing second place in qualifying. However, hampered with bad luck, a 9th place finish was to be Thiago’s best finish.“I love the Silverstone circuit and have been on the pace all weekend” said Calvet. “We’ve had some rotten luck though so I’m now focusing on the rest of the season.”The next race meeting is at Snetterton on 16th June.


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