Wakefield has the speed but not the luck at Brands Hatch

By Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto.com
Josh Wakefield
Colchester’s Josh Wakefield was really looking forward to the first weekend of the Ginetta GT Supercup championship at Brands Hatch, supporting the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with his thePlayer.co.uk/Century Motorsport run Ginetta G55.
Having raced for Century Motorsport in 2011 in the British GT championship in the GT4 class, with a couple of wins, he had moved up to the Ginetta G55 model, with Sponsorship from The Player Magazine looking to fight for the championship.
In the Friday free practice sessions Wakefield has posted the fastest time over the two sessions and was ready for qualifying first thing on Saturday morning. After the warm sunny conditions of Friday afternoon the drivers were confronted with a dull grey and cold morning.
After qualifying got underway Wakefield banged in some very quick laps and was 8/10th of a second quicker than everyone. As the session progressed all drivers, including Wakefield, improved their times and at the end the top 4 drivers were covered by 54 thousandths of a second. Unfortunately Wakefield ended up 4th and was ruing that another car has meant avoiding action on what would have been a quicker lap.
After qualifying Wakefield was a bit frustrated and commented “I am disappointed only to be 4th on the grid as I had to abort a quicker lap due to traffic. I am looking for a strong start for race 1 today and to be on the podium”
Wakefield on the Podium
Later on Saturday afternoon the drivers lined up for Race 1 and after a controlled start Wakefield was in 4thplace, but as Richardson had jumped the start he was served with a drive through, which moved Wakefield up to 3rd place. He then gradually caught up to 2nd place Ingram and started to look for a way past. He tried to get his nose in front at Clearways a few time but he wasn’t far enough ahead. On the last lap he pulled alongside on the start/finish straight but just failed in overtaking before the line.
Wakefield was pleased to be on the podium but would have preferred to get past Ingram to start chasing down the eventual winner Sharp.
As Wakefield said “I had a good battle with Ingram but he was slowing me down and meant Sharp had an easy ride to the checkered flag. I am looking forward to race 2 to see if I can get closer to challenge Sharp”
Wakefield in action
On Sunday the bright sunshine returned but Wakefield didn’t have any luck in Race 2 as he was squeezed into the barriers by another car which ultimately broke his front left suspension and put him out of the race.
After a lot of hard work by the Century Motorsport crew the car was ready for the 3rd race later on Saturday afternoon, but Wakefield was starting from the back. After a strong start Wakefield made up places and was on the back of the lead group of Ginetta G55 cars (there being two classes with the older G50’s also racing) but in his efforts he had started to exceed the track limits at Graham Hill bend and initially was given a 5 second penalty. After being adjudged to have done it one more time he had to serve a drive through penalty.
Undaunted he battled back up to the back of Ingram again only for on the last lap for Ingram to spin in front of him and to avoid Wakefield ended up in the gravel track and a 2nd DNF of the weekend.
Wakefield was extremely frustrated but was thankful for the hard work of the Century Motorsport team, sponsor support from theplayer.co.uk and management guidance from Baz Scott (Race Drivers inc.).
As he said “Had a good day on Saturday finishing the opening race of the season on the podium. Today (Sunday) was not too successful with two DNFs. Looking at the positives I have the quickest race pace and was 2ndquickest over the weekend, and am now looking forward to taking into onto the next race at Donington Park. Thanks for everyone for their support this weekend and it has been a good but challenging opening weekend”
The next three rounds are at the Donington Park track in the East Midlands with the races on 14th & 15thApril.
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Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto.com

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