Posted on Wed 4th Oct, 2017 in: Team News
Team want2race driver Michael Crees, 34 from Broadstairs in Kent, has just become the 2017 Ginetta GRDC+ Champion at Donington Park – in just his first season of car racing.
A great start to the weekend with Crees putting his PCS Contracts sponsored G40 on the front row, ahead Phil Ingram on Pole with GRDC graduate Golding third and want2race team-mate Jack Oliphant forth. Championship rival Keogh could manage just sixth on the grid meaning he had more work to do than Crees to close the points deficient and get his hands on the championship for a second time.
Race One saw a fantastic battle between the want2race drivers Crees and Oliphant, racing with less than a car length between them from lights to flag. The battle enabled Ingram to maintain a 3 second lap over the line, but with Oliphant matching the overall fastest lap set by Ingram, he was the one to watch as the weekend unfolded.
Race Two saw the championship emphatically wrapped up with a win for Michael Crees, battling again with Jack but crossing the line to become champion in his rookie year of racing. Jack set the fastest lap (and current lap record) for Donington at 1.51.812 and came home to take his second podium of the weekend in second. All was a little too late for Rob Keogh in Third place, who after driving superbly all year would have to settle for runner up in what has been the most competitive GRDC+ yet.
Race Three was a top ten reverse grid, with Paul Oliphant starting from the front row and putting in his performance of the season as he enjoyed racing amongst the leading drivers for the majority of the race, eventually finishing in fifth. Champion Crees took home second and the fastest lap behind Ingram, with Jack Oliphant getting knocked off down to tenth ending what was his best drive of the season in unfortunate circumstances.
Congratulations to Michael Crees for his achievements this year, just 12 months ago was a competition finalist to then realising his dream of racing cars and winning a championship in his very first year. Crees said; “It still hasn’t sunk in, what an overwhelming feeling and experience it is to win a championship. I cannot thank my family, sponsors and team want2race for their support all season. Having the best car set up, knowledge, driver coaches and team all around me made the difference.’
Team Manager, Ben Hyland said: “We had a clear objective and strategy when Michael joined the team and credit to him and our team of engineers, mechanics and driver development coaches as their hard work has brought home another championship this season.”
The want2race alumni of Crees, Olpihant and both Keogh and Ingram (previous competition winners) put on quite a show for 2017 with more close racing in the newly named ‘G40 Cup’ eagerly anticipated next season.
Drivers looking to join want2race and compete within a proven successful professional race team should enquire to Ben Hyland. Team want2race have services and options for both owner drivers and Arrive&Drive packages in proven race winning cars across all Ginetta categories.