Jack Aitken will continue his GT racing apprenticeship in the second round of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup at Zandvoort in Holland this weekend.
Coming off the back of another strong showing at Paul Ricard a fortnight ago, Jack hopes to finally achieve the result he and his Emil Frey Racing team-mates deserve after an up-and-down season so far in the series.
Jack enjoyed one of his most competitive weekends in the series to date in the south of France, having qualified a season-best seventh on the grid for the epic six-hour 1000-kilometre race. In the race itself, Jack acquitted himself brilliantly and fought through the field with a series of opportunistic overtakes on a circuit renowned for being difficult to pass on.
Unfortunately, some time after Jack’s stint, the #114 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo was forced to retire from the race after a brake line was severed as a result of a punctured tyre after half-distance. By then, Jack had already showcased the true pace of the car by posting the fastest lap of the race in the second half of his stint, with just bad luck preventing his team mates from securing a comfortable top 10 finish.
Heading into the Zandvoort weekend, Jack will have two chances to better the result from Paul Ricard, with the Sprint Cup format featuring a pair of one-hour races. Qualifying will be the key to securing a good result, and Jack’s form so far this season puts he and Finnish team-mate Konsta Lappalainen in a good place ahead of the weekend.
The weekend begins with free practice on Friday before qualifying on Saturday morning. Then it’s straight into the first race later on Saturday, with race two taking place on Sunday.
JACK ON… HIS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF ZANDVOORT
“I’ve only raced there once before, and that was in Formula Renault back in 2013. Obviously, the track has changed a bit since then too in preparation for its return to Formula 1. I remember it being quite slippery: you often get sand from the surrounding dunes blowing onto the track, which affects the grip. I’ve been watching lots of on-board footage and doing some simulator laps to re-acquaint myself.”
JACK ON… HIS HOPES FOR THE RACE
“Really just to have a clean race without any problems, so that we can finally show what we can do. I think we’ve got to the point now where speed isn’t an issue: we’ve got the pace. But we need now just to convert that into a result at the end of the race, so the important thing is to avoid any problems if we can.”
JACK ON… THE TRANSITION FROM FORMULA 2 TO GT
“Obviously I’ve been in the Formula 2 car in Baku before coming this race. That’s a very different experience but it really doesn’t bother me: I’ve got enough knowledge of both types of car now that it’s a pretty seamless transition in either direction. Even when it feels totally new, all you really need is five or six laps to get straight on the pace.”
JACK ON… HIS FORMULA 1 DUTIES
“I was back in the Williams factory after Baku: it’s only down the road from me in Oxford, so I visit as much as I can. As reserve driver, it’s important for me to keep up to date with all developments, so that I’m ready to get in the car at a moment’s notice if needed.”
Source. Jack Aitken