Reigning Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Class champion Jake Giddings secured his first podium of the year – and JWB Motorsport’s maiden silverware in the category – at Rockingham on Sunday, thanks to an sensational performance in round three.
Not expecting this result after a challenging qualifying session, which resulted in a 10th place GT4 start for the 120-minute contest, the Wisbech racer and team-mate Kieran Griffin certainly had their work cut-out but Jake produced a remarkable drive during the second hour.
Griffin took the opening stint and after 55 minutes he handed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage over to the 20-year-old who took to the track in 12th position.
Giddings sliced his way through into seventh with roughly half an hour left.
With 15 minutes to go, the Aston Martin Evolution Academy driver held sixth place and after taking fifth shortly after, he produced a great move at Deene with eight minutes left to move into fourth.
Reeling in Jamie Stanley’s Ginetta G55, Giddings completed the pass on the run to Tarzan Hairpin to seal third in GT4.
The Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield-backed driver was just 3.5 seconds shy of the runner-up spot.
Round four, a three-hour contest, will take place on Sunday, May 31, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire.
“It’d be nice to capitalise on this result at Silverstone, but we can’t get carried away,” he added. “We haven’t got any testing before then. If we aim for the top five, that’d be a good result.”