OSSETT-based speedsters Jody Fannin and Warren Hughes will aim to wrap up the GT4 motor racing title at the penultimate round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on September 9.
The Team WFR Ginetta G55 pair have a commanding 60 point lead over their closest rivals after last Sunday’s two races at Snetterton when they achieved first and fourth place finishes.
Things didn’t go to plan in the first race despite Fannin building a commanding lead from his pole position start.
He comfortably retained the lead for half the race but he reported a lack of power from the car as he brought it into the pit lane to swap with co-driver Hughes.
In the second half of the race, Hughes reported over the radio that he thought the problem was getting worse with every lap and he soon slipped to fourth place.
His team instructed him to try a number of fixes to rectify the problem remotely but none were successful.
It became apparent the problem was the catalytic converter which the team feared would not last the remaining 10 minutes. The pit team got him back into the race for the final laps to claim a valuable fourth place.
With a new catalytic converter fitted, the car was ready for the second race.
Hughes made a fine start from pole position but two shunts from a Jota Mazda and APO Sport Ginetta on the opening two laps took half the rear bodywork off the WFR car and bumped Hughes to third place.
It initially looked as though the contact might have damaged the car’s performance but after shaking off the last remnants of the trailing bodywork Hughes shot ahead of the Jota Mazda and also passed the APO Ginetta to move into second spot.
Although an Optimum Motorsport G50 had opened up a big lead, Team WFR were able to steal first spot as the pit lane opened for driver changes.
In his stint in the car, Fannin had a superb drive and managed to extend the lead nearly every lap. He eventually finished eight seconds ahead of the second-placed car. After five of the seven rounds in the series, Fannin and Hughes are on 187 points, with their nearest rivals on 127.
Team WFR’s Ginetta G55 GT3 car will return to action in the next round at Silverstone after being withdrawn from the Snetterton races.
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