The Ginetta Racing Drivers Club class of 2018 congregated at Blyton Park for their first competitive event of the season, a timed Sprint event over the 1.1 mile Outer circuit configuration.
2017 want2race competition winner James Crawshaw and fellow comp runner-up and W2R team-mate Steve Docker were both in fine form for the event, enjoying being back at Blyton where the fun all started for them at their Stage2 event last year. In less than eight months the pair have passed their ARDS licence, obtained race cars, equipment and are well prepared for the season ahead.
The new Sprint format is an additonal extra for all GRDC competitors this year (and included in the want2race driver competition prize package) - fastest car from point A to point B - inviting drivers to push to their limits over one exciting timed lap. Prizes would be awarded for the fastest overall time of the day, plus best aggregate (average) over ten timed runs.
With the weather kind and consistent across the runs it was all down to the driver to who could push the hardest and find their flow, with three drivers standing above the rest on the day.
James Crawshaw drove his socks off in the W2R Motorsport prepared competition car, taking both titles and trophies for fastest driver over the aggregate and more importantly the fastest timed lap of the day. Steve Docker was just a few tenths behind, again in his W2R prepared machine, with Chris Salkeld in third place.
Crawshaw spoke about his first win of the season; "It was fantastic being behind the wheel of the G40 again, and I felt confident to really lean on the car from the start. As the times starting dropping it got really quite competitive between the three of us, but I managed to keep focussed and put in some flying laps which proved too good for the rest to match. I'm really looking forward to racing against Steve, Chris and the rest of the guys this year as it is going to be extremely close and exciting."
Round 1 of the GRDC racing starts on April 28th at Rockingham Raceway.