MASSOT CLIMBS TO THIRD IN GT SUPERCUP STANDINGS AT OULTON
Hillspeed’s Pepe Massot climbed into the top three of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup standings at Oulton Park Island Circuit on Sunday, 9th June, by taking a best result of sixth position during round 11 of the season.
Although an unfortunate excursion in the opening race on Saturday, 8th June, resulted in a non-finish for the Spanish teenager, he bounced back in the live televised encounter – which took place in very warm weather – with an impressive drive through the order.
Beginning Sunday’s race from 14th on the grid, by virtue of his retirement in round 10, the Barcelona driver scythed his way through into ninth place on the opening lap alone and after being held-up behind slower cars for a few laps, he grabbed eighth on lap six with a great late pass at the hairpin.
Quickly reeling in the car of Carl Boardley, Massot took seventh position on lap seven at Lodge Corner with a similarly impressive move and by lap 12 he had made his way into sixth to cap an excellent performance from the Ginetta GT Supercup rookie.
Saturday’s race had also been going well for Massot, climbing from ninth on the grid into the top five, but a moment at Knickerbrook Chicane on lap 13 was followed by an excursion into the barriers at Druids shortly after. Although sore, Massot was unharmed and some consolation came by way of the fastest lap of the race and the bonus point which goes with it.
“It was a tough weekend for Pepe with the accident in race one but he performed very well, as he always does”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “To hit back with sixth in race two, and to leave Oulton third in the championship, isn’t too bad all things considered.”
In the accompanying Ginetta Junior Championship races, car racing newcomer Josh White posted top 10 finishes in each encounter to conclude the weekend 10th in the driver standings after his first experience of the incredibly demanding and challenging Oulton Park circuit.
Providing a stern test for the youngster from Ilkley, he still managed to improve his pace by 0.6 seconds between the two races. Although an unfortunate excursion on the first lap of round eight cost White any chance of battling his way up the order, he recovered to lap competitively and ended the race as the sixth best Rookie Cup runner.
During Saturday’s outing, White made good early progress to climb into 11th place, from 12th on the grid, and then gained two positions on the fourth tour when a couple of rivals fell down the order. Holding ninth until lap six, he then slipped to 10th place but remained there to the flag on lap eight.
“Oulton Park is probably the toughest circuit we visit in Ginetta Junior, it’s a real test for any driver so for Josh to have come away from the weekend without any major incident is a credit to him”, said Ollerenshaw, “Hopefully he can build on the experience gained this weekend and put it into practice when we’re back on track in a couple of weeks.”
Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire will host rounds 12, 13 and 14 of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup and rounds nine and 10 of the Ginetta Junior Championship on 22nd/23rd June. In the meantime, Hillspeed’s BRDC Formula 4 Championship squad will be in action next weekend, 15th/16th June, at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.
2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Driver Standings (after Rd11):
3rd Pepe Massot, 209pts
2013 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd8):
10th Josh White, 97pts