Another fine performance from Gregor Fisken helped Trackspeed Racing record their second Avon Tyres British GT Championship podium finish in as many rounds at the demanding Spa-Francorchamps circuit last Saturday.
Three weeks after he and co-driver Tim Bridgman scored a scintillating victory at Brands Hatch, Gregor came within a whisker of repeating the feat after producing a stunning late charge in the second of the Belgian weekend’s races.
Bridgman’s excellent opening stint saw him scythe through the order from 12th to move the pair into podium contention before pitting to hand the Trackspeed Porsche over.
Gregor returned to the action running fourth but was soon on the tail of Jim Geddie’s Ferrari which he dispatched on lap 16. Clearly enjoying Spa’s famous high-speed layout, the Scot then closed down and passed Andrew Howard’s second place Aston Martin before setting off in pursuit of Duncan Cameron’s Ferrari.
Although whittling down a seven-second deficit in five laps appeared unlikely, Gregor could sense a second victory of the season and piled on the pressure, reducing his deficit to just 0.888 seconds at the chequered flag.
While the weekend’s opening race resulted in no silverware, a seventh place finish ensured the crew of the #2 Porsche did leave Belgium with a solid points haul, even if the result could have been so much better.
This time Fisken took the start and was immediately on the pace, moving up from sixth on the grid to run third before the pitstops. After the team pushed their tyres too hard in qualifying however it was soon apparent that Bridgman would be powerless to stay there as his rears began to fade badly. Seventh position was therefore an excellent result given his problems.
Gregor Fisken: “I’m delighted with how this weekend turned out because Spa isn’t a circuit that plays to the Porsche’s strengths. With so many championships on track at the same time traffic was always going to be a factor and I think we managed that particularly well. In race two I enjoyed a great scrap with Andrew (Howard) and then Duncan (Cameron). The gap was yo-yoing as we each cleared backmarkers so to get within a second is very encouraging.
“We’ve learned from our mistake in qualifying and won’t be going down that set-up route again. I can’t speak highly enough of Tim who somehow got the car to the finish of race one on tyres which were practically down to the canvas. Without the problems a podium looked likely but in the circumstances seventh feels like a miracle!”
Their weekend’s work sees the pair rise to fifth in the championship standings ahead of rounds seven and eight at Rockingham on September 3/4.