Avon Tyres British GT Championship racer Jake Giddings, the reigning GT4 Class Champion from Wisbech, cannot wait for the start of the 2015 season.
The campaign begins at Oulton Park in Cheshire next Easter weekend when he will embark on an exciting new challenge with category debutants JWB Motorsport.
During his first proper test outing with the British GT newcomers at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit last Wednesday (March 25), the 20-year-old delivered an unsurprisingly competitive top four showing at the wheel of the squad’s recently upgraded Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
On combined times for the three sessions, which formed part of the annual pre-season British GT Media Day, he posted a best of 49.671 seconds (87.54mph) during the third and final run – just 0.6 seconds shy of the top of the GT4 timesheets.
Sharing driving duties this year with championship rookie Kieran Griffin, the 2014 title winner will be helping the former Volkswagen Racing Cup and Aston Martin Challenge racer get up to speed as quickly as possible – as well as bringing vital knowledge and experience for JWB’s maiden GT season.
“I had my first run-out with the team on Tuesday at Silverstone, but that was more of a shakedown really – Media Day was the first proper test and it was great,” commented Giddings. “We ended the day as the fastest Aston, and we’re not too far off the pace at all. I think we’re in pretty good shape for Oulton Park.”
The opening pair of one hour races take place on Easter Monday, at noon and 4pm.
“I get on really well with everyone at the team and Kieran as well,” said the Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield-backed driver.
“I only met him for the first time on Tuesday so it’s fantastic to have built a really good relationship in such a short space of time. The team has upgraded the car from what they had last year.”