Ginetta Driver Development Programme racers Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha moved back to the top of the GT4 European Series championship standings in Italy over the weekend, 23rd/24th June, after yet another successful outing in the prestigious endurance racing category.
Racing to their fourth podium finish of 2018 during the opening 60-minute encounter on Saturday with a second place result from seventh on the grid, the 18-year-old HHC Motorsport pairing were on course to add another runner-up spot to their tally in Sunday’s race.
On the penultimate lap, though, Middleton mistakenly caught the pit-lane speed limiter button on the steering wheel as he rounded the double-right hander at Turns Five and Six on the penultimate lap, dropping him to fifth place.
Even so, the important points haul for fifth position enabled Ashington driver Middleton and Milton Keynes team-mate Tregurtha to open an advantage of 13 points at the top of the driver standings at World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the season reaches the halfway point for the BRDC Rising Stars.
“It was pretty disappointing to lose P2 right at the end in the second race, I just caught the limiter by mistake with the edge of my hand which was really unfortunate, but on the whole it’s been a really good weekend for us – I’m delighted to jump back to the top of the championship.
“To be fair our car has struggled a bit this weekend compared to some of the others, but the team did a great job and they did two fantastic pit-stops in the races. If someone had said after qualifying we’d be leading the championship by 13 points we’d have taken that. We can’t complain with P2 and P5 from the weekend.”
“We’ve kind of got control of the championship now, which is what we wanted, and we go to Spa next which is a track we know and where we did well last year in British GT. We’re in a good position going there.”
Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium will be the venue for the fourth event of the GT4 European Series season a month from now, over the weekend 21st/22nd July.