Wisbech racer Giddings heads to Silverstone

British GT Championship racer Jake Giddings, the 2014 GT4 Class Champion, says he is focused on mounting a realistic podium challenge during the opening event of the new season at Brands Hatch this weekend, 16th/17th April, as he seeks to make the best start possible to his Pro-Am title bid. ANL-160520-102759001
British GT Championship racer Jake Giddings, the 2014 GT4 Class Champion, says he is focused on mounting a realistic podium challenge during the opening event of the new season at Brands Hatch this weekend, 16th/17th April, as he seeks to make the best start possible to his Pro-Am title bid. ANL-160520-102759001

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit hosts the most high-profile race of the 2016 British GT Championship season this coming weekend, where the longest encounter of the year, the three hour Silverstone 500, awaits Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 driver Jake Giddings.

Going into round five of the season, the Wisbech racer and Pro-Am team mate Kieran Griffin are banking on a serious turn around in their fortunes after some terribly bad luck thus far – not least during the previous event at Oulton Park a week ago.

Retirement from both races, the first double-header of the year, meant the JWB Motorsport drivers slipped from third in the Pro-Am championship standings to sixth place so the aim for Silverstone is to bounce back.

A mechanical issue forced the car’s retirement from race two when Giddings was at the wheel – frustratingly after a superb start had catapulted him into GT4 podium contention.

Now, all focus is on a fault-free weekend at Silverstone where the duo achieved a top seven finish last season from 13th on the GT4 grid. So far this year, their best result is ninth spot from rounds one and two at Brands Hatch and Rockingham respectively.

“Oulton was really disappointing, but the positive thing was the pace Kieran showed – he made a big step forward there so hopefully we can take that into Silverstone,” said the Irish TV, Finesse Paving and Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield supported driver, “It’s going to be great racing the longer format again, I’m really looking forward to it, and fingers crossed it should be good.”