Motorsport round-up: Silverstone youngster bags podium finish at Rockingham

Jordan Albert in the thick of the action at Rockingham. Picture by James Beckett
Jordan Albert in the thick of the action at Rockingham. Picture by James Beckett
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Silverstone’s Jordan Albert scooped a podium finish in Sunday’s second round of the 2016 British GT Championship at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby.

The former Formula Ford and BRDC Formula 4 racer finished 13th overall, second in the GT4 class with race partner Jack Bartholomew in a Beechdean AMR-entered Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

The duo were placed just one position on the road and 20 seconds behind the class winning Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 of Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska at the end of the two-hour race.

The Northamptonshire track offered the British GT competitors a tough test, with 24 of the starters reaching the end of the race. Overall victory went to the TF Sport GT3 Aston Martin Vantage of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam.

After a strong opening round, Towcester’s Jordan Stilp saw his RCIB Insurance Racing-entered Ginetta hit problems, finishing tenth in GT4 and 22nd overall, while Joey Foster’s season saw an upswing in performance over that seen in the opening round at Brands Hatch when his Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 raced through to fourth in GT4 and 16th overall with Alex Reed sharing driving duties.

Foster, a three-time winner of the Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy, said: “This weekend was certainly better for us as a team and the car performed much better.

“Next we head to Oulton Park for two one hour races, we will have to see how we get on there.”

Elsewhere, GT racing continues this weekend in Britain, when the high-profile Blancpain Sprint series makes its annual appearance in this country at Brands Hatch.

A number of Advertiser & Review region racers will be on-track in the GT event, that has two feature races on Sunday at the Kent track. Further support races, including the MSVR GT Cup will also see region racers on-track.

In other news, Winslow’s Alexz Wigg is in the middle of contesting the famous Scottish Six Day Trial this week.

Riding a Gas Gas machine, Wigg started the event on Monday and is set to complete the course tomorrow (Saturday).

The Scottish Six Day Trial (SSDT) is one of the most coveted trials, and Wigg is a former winner of the prestigious event.

Based in Fort William, the trial riders use sompetitive sections in and around Ben Nevis, with the sections linked by public roads and highland paths.

Meanwhile, Brackley’s Phil Ingram was successful at Rockingham in the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club races.

An employee of Williams, the local racer is making his debut on-track this season having won a competition to reward his driving with a prize in the Ginetta Championship.

He said after winning on Sunday: “This is a great feeling. The opportunity to race in a Ginetta is great and I urge everyone to have a go to try to win the same prize I did. It is the best thing I have ever done!”

Finally, Buckingham’s Julian Thomas was in winning form at Donington Park last weekend when he drove his Jaguar E-Type to victory in the opening Jaguar Challenge race of 2016 at the Donington Historic Festival.

Sharing his car with Calum Lockie, the duo were victorious by a margin of just over six seconds from another Jaguar E-Type driven by John Pearson. Martin Stretton was third also in an E-Type. Gary Pearson secured fifth with his D-Type Jaguar, while Ben Eastick drove his D-Type Jaguar car to 14th position.