Latest News » 2019 Ginetta GT5 Challenge Rounds 4-5 - Thruxton
“Thruxton is all about speed, hot nasty bad-ass speed” – Eleanor Roosevelt
(don’t worry if you don’t get that reference, but if you did, you have a good taste in films!) nonetheless, we brought Speed, but we still didn’t have Steed. Josh has been working hard on recovering after his injury and although he had his cast removed just before the Thruxton meeting, he was still unable to race until his muscle strength had been built up enough to prevent further injury. “Sod that, I would have still raced” I hear you say? Well, luckily Josh is smarter than that, and although he was obviously gutted to miss out on the action, he knows that he would have been risking missing out on the full season and possibly more if he was to damage his arm again, so Josh made the difficult decision to once again support Danny and the team from the Pits, rather than Racing himself.
Qualifying couldn’t be any tighter than it was at Oulton right?... Wrong! Thruxton saw the top 15 separated by just 0.8 seconds by the end of the session, and without a teammate on circuit to slipstream with, Danny Harrison knew he had to push hard to get anywhere near the front half of the grid, and he did exactly that, bettering his qualifying result at Oulton Park with his top 2 times of the session putting him 12th and 10th on the grid for Race 1 and Race 2 respectively.
Another good start from Danny put him straight into the top ten by the end of the first lap, but while making more progress on lap 2 we had some bad luck, bugger! (oops, I said both of them words, didn’t I) whilst making a move for 8th position, Danny was on the bumper of the car infront aiming to work together to get past another driver, the car infront hit the brakes earlier and harder than Danny was expecting, and with Danny as close as he was, he couldn’t avoid contact, which damaged the front bumper of Danny’s car dropping him back down the order. Danny held his hands up for the incident and apologies were made at the end of the race. The front bumper eventually became detached, damaging both front tyres in the process, and forcing Danny to retire the car from the race on lap 9.
Time to go live on ITV4! The team worked hard to get Danny’s car fully repaired, and even took the opportunity to design a new livery for the front of the car, but having to substitute the damaged tyres for a used pair as per the championship regulations, meant that we knew Danny would struggle for grip in this Race. Starting 10th on the grid this time, last words of advice were “hold on to 10th as long as you can, you’re tyres will go off quicker than the others”. Lap 1, Danny moves straight up into 9th, Lap 2 he takes another place, by Lap 5 Danny has got himself up to 7th and still with the leading pack! But then it was time, the tyres were really struggling and Danny just couldn’t keep with the cars infront, but managed to fend off the 23 cars behind to finish the 14 lap race in 7th position overall.
Watch Round 5 on the ITV hub (Skip to 1:51:00)
Next up is the Silverstone 500 meeting, 7th-8th June, where we will see Josh Steed fighting fit to make his Ginetta GT5 Debut. Both Danny Harrison and Josh Steed are aiming for the Podium at Silverstone, so be sure to look for updates across the Altima Academy, Mutation Motorsport and both Driver’s social media. And don’t forget to tune in live on YouTube!