Round six of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship takes place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, where Wisbech driver Jake Giddings is aiming to push the JWBird Motorsport team back towards the GT4 Class podium.
Following a problematic visit to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last time out, where the Aston Martin V8 Vantage he shares with team-mate Kieran Griffin developed power issues which pegged back the squad’s level of performance, all eyes now are on a return to form at Brands Hatch.
Requiring further investigation at the headquarters of Aston Martin Racing partner Prodrive, the V8 engine was given a clean bill of health after the cause of the problem was identified as an issue with the fuel pump, stemming from the fuel used at Spa.
After testing the car at Snetterton last Friday, Jake says the No.47 Aston is back to its best and the whole team is raring to go for next Sunday’s eagerly-awaited two-hour contest at Brands.
“We’re really determined to get back up in the top four or five at Brands,” said the 20-year-old reigning GT4 Champion. “The GP track is always fun to drive and everyone in the team is looking forward to the weekend.
“If we can make sure we’re up there in the race and in a position to make the most of any safety cars, we could have a good chance of a decent result – we seem to have done a good job with our pit strategies this year.”
The Aston Martin Evolution Academy driver, who is personally sponsored by Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield, was a race winner during the Brands fixture last year.
Going into the fifth race meeting of the season, Jake and Kieran are ninth in the GT4 championship standings and sixth in the Pro-Am title race. Following free practice on Saturday, warm-up will begin at 10am on Sunday, with round six of the British GT season commencing at 13.30.