DVF Racing made a promising debut in the British GT Championship at Donington Park as David Fairbrother made his first start in the series alongside multiple British Touring Car Championship race inner Adam Morgan, who made his second appearance some seven years after a one-off drive at Oulton Park.
The pair competed in a brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT4, run by Adam’s BTCC outfit Ciceley Motorsport and were quickly up to speed, qualifying fourth in GT4 Pro-Am after a sterling effort by the touring car star to set the second-fastest time of anyone in his session.
Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer David started the race but was unlucky on lap two as he lost control through the Fogarty Esses and was unable to get the car out of the gravel without assistance. This dropped the car back some six laps from the rest of the GT4 Pro-Am runners and out of contention for a podium finish.
Despite the setback, both drivers pushed on, with Adam setting lap times comparable to the class leaders and bringing the car across the line seventh in the two-hour contest.
In the Volkswagen Racing Cup, Mark Steel capped a strong first season in his Slidesports Pall-Ex Golf, with pole position and victory in race two of the weekend. Unfortunately, after suffering the heartbreak of a gearbox failure in the first contest, he finished second in the championship standings by just 26 points. but is aiming to step up to the main class for 2019.
“It was a good day out. I had a really good start and was getting into my rhythm but going into the chicane I hit one kerb too hard, bounced onto the other, and spat the car around and into the gravel. We lost six laps whilst in there and from then were on the back foot. It’s a learning curve but if you think that 36 hours before I had never even sat in the car, it is a testament to the Mercedes: it’s a great car to drive.
“Both Adam and I have come out of sprint racing and we both love a kerb, so a drive-through penalty was going to be likely! Both of us run the kerbs and fire the car out of the corner whereas these guys carry a lot of corner speed and propel the cars down the straight. Maybe next time we have to do a bit more homework and testing!
“Ciceley has been brilliant. Norman Burgess facilitated getting me in the car and we’ve had a really good time and I think it is something we will do again. Both Adam and I and the team have done ourselves proud and worked really well. It’s been a pleasure to be here.”
“It was a really good weekend for us. It was our first time in the car, so we treated it like a bit of a test session and toe in the water to see how we got on. There were championship battles which we wanted to stay out of and our aim was to get to know the car, see how the weekend worked, and bring it back in one piece. Unfortunately, Dave had a trip to the gravel, but we’ve learned a huge amount and we’ve all enjoyed it.”
“It was a tale of two days. I qualified well on Saturday despite never having run on the full GP circuit. Goddards was challenging but I qualified on pole by 0.6s. I went for a full dry set up in the race, but the gearbox gave up. David is my mentor and he phoned me in the evening to check I was alright! On Sunday it dried out and it worked for me, so I came home first in class.
“It’s a cliché to hear people talk about sponsors but I’m not a wealthy guy and I’ve had some real support from 999 Logistics, Tile Mountain, HS Doors, and all the Pall-Ex depots which have got behind me. Without all of those I wouldn’t be here.”
Posted on 25th September 2018
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