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Wisbech ace Russell hits sixes

George Russell ANL-150626-103125001
George Russell ANL-150626-103125001

Following back-to-back podium finishes at Spa Francorchamps and the Norisring, Wisbech’s George Russell (17) bagged three top six finishes at Zandvoort in The Netherlands.

On a tight and technical circuit, Russell (17) qualified in the top 10 for all three races, despite the fact the entire field struggled to find clear air.

Russell said: “Qualifying was difficult with the traffic, we just could not get the space to get a strong lap in.”

On the three races Russell added: “With a very technical track and with running a high level of downforce, overtaking proved really difficult for everyone.

“We made really good starts in all the races which cemented three top six finishes. It was great to have a consistent weekend and plenty of positives to take in to the next round.”

Russell was proclaimed to be a rising star of motorsport by global news channel CNN in a feature they recorded at Spa Francorchamps.

The feature can be seen at: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/sports/2015/06/30/spc-the-circuit-george-russell-carlin.cnn

The next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship takes place at the Red Bull Ring Austria on July 31.

Follow him on: www.georgerussellracing.com

l Jake Giddings helped JWBird Motorsport maintain its uninterrupted run of points scoring results during round five of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

But the 20-year-old from Wisbech was ultimately disappointed with ninth position in the GT4 Class.

On a less than straightforward weekend in Belgium, the Wisbech driver and team-mate Kieran Griffin encountered difficulties in practice and the two-hour race itself with power issues hindering their ultimate potential.

Giddings – who was a race winner at Spa in the corresponding event last year – knew much more was possible for the JWBird entry during the championship’s annual overseas visit.

“It wasn’t the best weekend,” reflected the Aston Martin Evolution Academy driver. “We picked up a problem in free practice which led to a change of fuel pump but in the race the problem came back again, late on we lost pace and were really struggling. Spa is an ideal track for the Aston normally, so it’s disappointing we couldn’t come away with the sort of result we should have had.

“I think the car is going back to Prodrive to see if they can get to the bottom of the issue.”

Lapping 11th fastest in GT4 in his qualifying session, Giddings produced a best time of 2m37.265 seconds around the heavily congested track while Griffin had a best lap of 2m45.043 seconds.

Following a Safety Car period, Griffin was up inside the top eight.

A second Safety Car period signalled the opening of the pit-stop window for driver changes, so the vast majority of the grid opted to serve their mandatory stops at that point with Giddings taking over the No.47 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Rejoining the race in ninth position in GT4, the Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield-supported driver was determined to make progress but a recurrence of the loss of power which first struck in testing prevented any gains.

At the finish at the two-hour mark, ninth position keeps the team-mates in the GT4 championship top 10, less than 10 points shy of the top six, and sixth in the Pro-Am classification.

Round six will take place over the weekend of August 1/2, at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent.

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