Jake Giddings heads to Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit this weekend for the final race of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship season – an event which the Wisbech driver hopes will deliver one of the JWBird Motorsport team’s best results of 2015.
Long overdue a trouble-free outing, Jake and team-mate Kieran Griffin want to sign-off the campaign with a strong performance after several meetings battling ongoing power issues with their Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Following the most recent round at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago, the No.47 car was taken back to the Banbury headquarters of renowned specialist Prodrive – the engineering strength behind Aston Martin’s motor racing programme – for a full investigation of the engine.
Testing at Donington on Thursday, Jake reported the outing went well initially before the power-sapping problem returned. With an Aston Martin technician there, more work was done and a new ECU and control module will be fitted to the JWBird car.
Explained the Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield-backed racer: “The Aston technician did manage to stop the power problem at the time, but he was convinced it would come back so they’re going to change more parts on the car now.”
Ahead of round nine, which will be screened live on Motors TV on Sunday (12.45pm), the duo hold 10th position in the overall GT4 standings and with 150% points up for grabs – due to its two-hour duration – there is a mathematical possibility they can end in the top six.