Brands Hatch GP Race MeetingRound three of the 2012 BookaTrack.com Caterham Superlight R300 Championship took the BaTSport team to Brands Hatch (23rd-24th June). After a bit of a break since the last bout of competition, a hardy team of BaTSport staff again assembled to work their magic, around the infamous Grand Prix circuit layout, with David McGilvray and Geoff Tubb once again at the helm.
After banking the teams best results so far this season at Donington Park last month excitement surrounded the arrival at Brands. Supporting the British GT/British F3 package, it was set to be an interesting weekend for the team, and with Geoffs family in attendance everyone was keen to put on a good show.
Keen to enhance his expertise and secure his two signatures needed to race at the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit next month, David took the opportunity to benefit from some top tips courtesy of racing driver Scott Mansell in the week leading up to the action.
The weekend began with testing on Friday, as both drivers enjoyed some practice laps around the challenging combination of twists, turns and lengthy straights on the Grand Prix loop. With the poor weather that had buried the UK recently it was anyones guess what David and Geoff would be faced with out on track, but qualifying on Saturday morning took place in cloudy yet dry conditions. After 10 laps David qualified 26th for race one, whilst Geoffs qualifying session was cut short by mechanical issues and having completed just 4 laps he had to settle for a 29th place start.
After a day of watching the impressive British GTs and other machines surge around the 2.43 miles of tarmac, it was time for race one at 4:15pm Saturday afternoon.
Again run in dry conditions, an eventful adventure saw David and Geoff each build on their qualifying performances. As others fell by the wayside, the BaTSport duo held on to score strong finishes for the team, as David crossed the finish line in 23rd place and Geoff 25th. Both progressed significantly from their grid slots, to make it another successful outing for BaTSport.
Following a well earned rest Saturday evening, Sunday morning saw attentions turn back to the R300 championship. A damp track on arrival at the circuit left everyone wondering if conditions would change before the second race. However, luckily by the time David and Geoff jumped back into the cockpit the dry atmosphere had returned.
Another dynamic tour awaited the boys in race two. Fortunately, unlike the 11 retirees, David and Geoff managed to avoid the drama to again build on their starting positions. Following a fairly close battle with Steve Devlin for a number of laps, David brought his Caterham home in an impressive 14th place, to also score the best result for BaTSport so far this season. Geoff backed up another sound weekend for the team to snatch 17th place as the final chequered flag of the weekend fell.
In a weekend that saw many suffer damage, BaTSport again fought through the chaos to improve on their previous performance. The next round will be one to remember for the team and drivers; the notorious Nurburgring will be the scene of the next on track challenge, over the weekend of 28th-29th July on the Grand Prix circuit.
David & Geoff prepare to leave the BaTSport awning for the first race of the weekend. Jonny gives Geoff some last minute words of comfort to calm the nerves and Sandras Sunday Special - quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the BaTSport tent.
Click thumbnail to view image.
25 June 2012
Other blog posts
Eastern European Trip 2016
Read about our recent adventures in Eastern Europe at Brno, Slovakiaring and Hungaroring.View
Job Opportunity - Junior Sales Executive
Job Opportunity - BookaTrack seek Junior Sales Executive to join the team.View
Spa March 2016
We swapped Easter eggs for Spa last weekend. Read Leanne Fahy's account of our recent trip.View
BookaTrack Caterham Launch Event
Join BookaTrack Caterham for an exciting showroom launch on Saturday 5th March.View
Meet the BaT Team - David Bailey
Meet the BaT team - here we introduce instructor David Bailey.View
Spa November 2015
Leanne Fahy looks back over our recent trip to Spa.View
BaT Member Profile - Linzi and Giles Roadnight
The first blog in our BaT member profile feature - here we introduce Linzi and Giles Roadnight.View
Job Opportunity - Customer Service and Sales Executive
Job Opportunity - BookaTrack seek Customer Service and Sales Executive to join the teamView
BookaTrack to open official Caterham dealership at Donington
Exciting news as BookaTrack open official Caterham dealership at their Donington Park headquarters.View
Spanish Trip September 2015
Leanne Fahy's report on our latest European trip to Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia & Barcelona Catalunya.View