Wisbech racing driver Jake Giddings makes a welcome return to ‘home’ territory next weekend, 22nd/23rd August, when the Avon Tyres British GT Championship makes its annual visit to East Anglia for the penultimate event of the 2015 season at Snetterton 300 Circuit.
With two one-hour contests awaiting the reigning GT4 Class Champion and JWBird Motorsport team-mate Kieran Griffin next Sunday, there will be plenty of points up for grabs as the pairing strive to climb the championship table from their current position of ninth place.
Having scored in every one of the six races contested so far this year the duo will be aiming for more of the same at Snetterton, with a continuation of that consistency, and there is a determination to also make a return to the GT4 podium for the first time since round three at Rockingham.
As well as the main GT4 championship battle, in the Pro-Am standings the Aston Martin V8 Vantage team-mates currently hold fifth place and head a close three-way battle over the position ahead of rounds seven and eight.
“I always love racing at Snetterton, it’s a great track and being my local circuit as well it’s always nice to try and do well there with the home support”, said Jake, who is backed by Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield, “We’ll go in there aiming for the top five and if we can come away with anything better, I’ll be happy – obviously, a podium would be fantastic.
“We’re back to the one-hour format next Sunday, so any Safety Cars could have a big impact on the results with the shorter races – we’ll have to see what happens and try and take advantage of some good pit-stops, which we’ve been pretty good at most of the season.”
In his first season in the UK’s premier sportscar championship, Hertfordshire businessman Griffin has been making good progress through his partnership with Jake and has been improving his pace as well as his racecraft in the ultra-competitive GT4 category over the course of the first five events.
With the benefit of a test at Snetterton prior to the previous round of the championship as well, the JWBird drivers go into next weekend’s action determined to build on the strong running achieved at the Norfolk track and Jake is hopeful of reaping the benefits of that.
“It’s been a big year for Kieran, coming in fresh to a championship as competitive as British GT is never easy but he’s done a good job so far and is making progress”, said the Aston Martin Evolution Academy driver, “Hopefully we can produce two strong race performances at Snetterton and make a real push to move up the championship.”
Two free practice sessions and qualifying will take place at Snetterton on Saturday, 22nd August, with both races scheduled for Sunday, 23rd August – round seven is timetabled to begin at 12.55 with round eight set to follow at 16.30.
Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Driver Standings (after Rd6):
9th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 51.5pts
Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Pro-Am Standings (after Rd6):
5th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 76pts
Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Team Standings (after Rd6):
8th JWBird Motorsport, 48.5pts
Source. Marc Orme/Photo. John Patterson