Wisbech racing driver Jake Giddings is confident of helping the JWB Motorsport team make further strides when round three of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship takes place at Rockingham in Northamptonshire next weekend, May 2/3.
The 20-year-old, who is part of the exclusive Aston Martin Evolution Academy and also the reigning GT4 Class champion in British GT, is working to help drive the JWB squad forward in its maiden year in the prestigious championship and will arrive at Rockingham equal ninth in the GT4 standings.
As well as bringing his valuable experience to the Eccles outfit, Jake is also helping new team-mate Kieran Griffin improve his pace and racecraft and the duo got its 2015 partnership off to a consistent start at Oulton Park three weeks ago with a pair of eighth place finishes in GT4.
“I was pretty happy with how everything went at Oulton”, said Giddings. “The team did a good job and everyone worked very well together – they’re all really good guys. We definitely improved through the weekend and Kieran was pretty much up to speed by the end of it. To come away with a couple of solid finishes was the good start we wanted.”
While team-mate Griffin wasn’t able to participate in a recent test day at Rockingham due to business commitments, Jake worked through an extensive programme of set-up changes in order to fine-tune the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Both drivers, though, will have chance to test at the Corby circuit next week in readiness for the first two-hour race of the season – track time which could prove crucial in ensuring the JWB squad makes more progress on its second weekend in British GT.
Providing a sterner test than the season-opening pair of 60 minute contests, the 120 minute race at Rockingham therefore carries with it boosted points for the top 10 finishers – 150% points to be fully precise – so a strong finish will be of paramount importance.
“I think we can aim for the top five at Rockingham, that’s realistic”, added the Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield supported racer, “We’re going to be a lot more prepared for Rockingham than we were for the first round, I think we’ve got a pretty good set-up sorted from the test the other week so, hopefully, we should be in for a good weekend.”
Two vital free practice sessions will begin the second race meeting of the British GT season next Saturday, with qualifying scheduled to start at 16.00. On Sunday, following a brief morning warm-up the third round of the 2015 season – which will be screened live on Motors TV – will commence at 13.25.
Provisional Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Standings:
=9th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 8pts
Provisional Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Pro-Am Standings:
=5th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 16pts
Provisional Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Team Standings:
=9th JWB Motorsport, 8pts.