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Hawkey and Hudson hoist themselves to Group victories at Donington Park
Saturday 16th September 2017
Esmee Hawkey marked her return to the GT Cup Championship with a hard-fought Group GTA victory in the second race of the day from Donington Park, while Nigel Hudson claimed his first sprint race win of the season.
Hawkey battled it out for GTA honours with the McLaren of Lewis Proctor for the majority of the second 25-minute race of the day, Proctor initially seizing the advantage in his quest to double Garage 59’s win tally.
The lead soon changed hands once again in favour of Hawkey, the Porsche Cayman driver claiming victory in just the second race of her GT Cup return. “It’s been amazing to be back in the car”, said Hawkey. “We were always set on the first place trophy. I’m so pleased that I can go out there and do it on my first weekend and prove to people what I could do.”
Hudson meanwhile got the better of Graham Davidson in the fight for overall bragging rights, his first sprint race success of 2017. He swooped around the outside of the McLaren heading into the first corner and held on under pressure from the charging Davidson, the latter’s second place edging him closer to the GTO title.
“I’m elated!” said Hudson. “It was really disappointing to lose out in the first race of the day, so I was determined to get him in this one. I pushed as hard as I could and pumped in qualifying laps throughout, and maintaining those meant I could keep [Davidson] behind me.”
Neil Huggins also had to fight hard for his Group GTB success. The Lamborghini Gallardo driver chased his team-mate Warren Gilbert until closing stages of the race, grabbing the lead from the Marcos Mantis to seal more crucial Group points.
“I went up to thank Warren and he said ‘no, you did that all by yourself’, so it was a great result for the team and a relief to recover from doing the opening race in fourth gear! A great result.”
Group GTC went the way of Jake Rattenbury for the second time at Donington Park. He came out on top in a second duel of the day with Bonamy Grimes, admitting that he found a lot of enjoyment in his battle with the Ferrari 488. “The first five minutes was super exciting and a lot of fun”, said Rattenbury. “I put a bit of pressure on the Ferrari and it paid off.”
Race Two Results:
1: Nigel Hudson/Adam Wilcox – Aston Martin GT3
2: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12 GT3
3: Gareth Downing – Mosler MT900
1: Jake Rattenbury – Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo
2: Bonamy Grimes – Ferrari 488 Challenge
1: Neil Huggins – Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4
2: Warren Gilbert – Marcos Mantis
3: Tom Barrow – BMW V10 150 GTR
1: Esmee Hawkey – Porsche Cayman GT4
2: Lewis Proctor – McLaren 570S GT4
3: Andy Robey – BMW M3 GTR