2014 UK Time Attack Championship Round 5 – Silverstone National Circuit
The penultimate event in the 2014 UK Time Attack Series saw the teams return to the home of British motorsport in the shape of the 1.64 mile National circuit at Silverstone. Unlike Round 1 of the series held at the same venue back in early April, this time the weather looked to be set fair with no sign of the intermittent rain which blighted Round 1.
With a large and expectant crowd gathered the excitement was building as preparations were made for the early Warm Up session. The medium compound Pirelli racing slicks were definitely the order of the day and the plan was to use the Warm Up and Practice sessions to scrub in a couple of new sets ready to use in the all-important Qualifying and Final sessions where the all-important championship points are earned.
With lap records expected to be broken in the favourable conditions everyone was keen to see just how fast the top cars could go at the famous old track. With a large and very competitive looking field including some exciting ‘one hit wonder’ entries this event had the potential to be the best of the year! Heading out into the warm up session gradually building heat in to the cars tyres, brakes and drivetrain Olly piloting GSII started to record faster and faster lap times. At the close of the session Olly recorded a 56.006 to take the fastest time of the session by just over a second pushing Andy Forrest’s 1200bhp Subaru into second position. This time beat the record set by Olly in wet conditions earlier in the year by nearly 2.5 seconds! We were off to a great start!
The second session of the day again took place under sunny and dry conditions. The team were very happy with the way the car had ran in the warm up with Olly reporting how good the car felt on track. Another set of slick tyres were readied with the rears having had a little session in the blankets after the team noticed pressure and temps a little lower than what we wanted to run. Another 12 laps later and once again GSII topped the timing screens this time recording a 55.574 lap time almost 2 seconds ahead of the SVA Imports Evo 6 in second position.
Another incident free 10 lap dash during Qualifying later that afternoon saw GSII shave a further 0.379 seconds off the cars previous best time to again take the top slot and importantly maximum qualifying points with a 55.195 lap. This time 0.423 seconds ahead of SVA Imports Evo 6. Proving just how well the cars aero was working in conjunction with the AP Racing Carbon brake set up and Pirelli racing tyres, GSII had recorded the fastest average speed in all 3 sessions of the day so far. Considering our terminal speeds were lower compared to some other cars on the day its clear Olly is able to push harder in the corners and brake much later than the other cars competing on the day!
5pm and it was time for the final session of the event! With everyone now expected to be pushing their machines to the limit, GSII’s nitrous oxide system was readied for the first time so Olly had a bit more firepower to use! Heading out on track it became clear that it was again going to be a battle with the Evo of SVA Imports for the outright victory. At the wheel of the SVA Imports car Gareth Lloyd on only his second lap put in an amazing lap time of 54.116 seconds. Still circulating Olly put in a 55.151 lap which put us in a comfortable second position with over half the 15 minute session still to run. Unfortunately the rest of the session was interrupted by several stoppages which dramatically reduced the window of opportunity for a shot at the perfect lap. With time ebbing away Olly had enough time for one last big lap however with around a minute left on the clock another red flag ended the session and frustratingly we were denied the chance to better what was a very impressive winning time from the SVA Imports team.
Coming away from Silverstone with a 1st and 2nd position on the day and an equal share of the overall points with the SVA team, RCM have now increased the lead at the top of the overall championship to 120 points with just one event left on the calendar.
With your continued support we will be pushing hard for the victory at Brands Hatch for the championship finale on November 8th!