Mixed emotions for AmDTuning on British GT debut‏Mixed emotions for AmDTuning on British GT debut‏

The AmDTuning.com team endured mixed emotions on its debut in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship after two hugely conflicting races at Oulton Park.The West Thurrock-based team made the trip to the picturesque Cheshire circuit with the aim of trying to pick up two solid finishes at a venue that wasn’t expected to play to the strengths of its Porsche 911 GT4.Having struggled to nail down the set-up on the car during two free practice sessions, the team elected to make changes for qualifying, with Graham Coombes taking to the track in the first ten-minute session.Graham’s fastest lap of the weekend to that point would be good enough to secure ninth on the GT4 grid for the opening hour long race, with team boss Shaun Hollamby then going twelfth quickest in his session; which determined the grid for race two.Heading into the first race, the target was very much to stay out of trouble and bring the car to the finish, which Graham and Shaun were able to do in impressive fashion.A solid opening stint from Graham saw him work his way slowly up the order to run well inside the top six in class before he was called in for the mandatory driver change while the Safety Car was on-track following an incident in the headline GT3 class.When Shaun then returned to the circuit, he was able to maintain the team’s position to take the chequered flag fourth amongst the GT4 field and 14th overall.Unfortunately, any hope of a similar result in race two would come to an premature end when Shaun was hit by of his class rivals at Cascades in the early stages. Having pitted for repairs, Shaun returned to the circuit but the damage sustained would ultimately be too great, and he was forced to bring the car back in to retire.“Race two obviously wasn’t the way we wanted the weekend to end, and it’s disappointing that being punted off in a racing incident cost us a finish,” Shaun said. “However, we have to just put that behind us and look at the positives there are from the weekend.“We knew that Oulton Park wasn’t the best circuit on the calendar for the Porsche as we are being hampered a bit by the Balance of Performance that was placed on the car last year. Despite that, we were able to make the most of the opportunities that presented themselves in race one to take fourth place; showing the importance of good strategy even when you don’t have the quickest car.“Graham did a good job this weekend and we’re really pleased with his performance. It was his drive in race one that set up the result, and now we’ll aim to build on that when we head to circuits that should be better suited to the Porsche.”AmDTuning.com ends the opening weekend of the season sixth in the GT4 standings.


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