Forfar’s Gregor Fisken notched up his third Avon Tyres British GT Championship podium finish of the season on Sunday after he and the Trackspeed team mastered tricky changeable conditions at Donington Park.
Gregor had seen his championship chances disappear after a mechanical problem ruled him out of the previous Rockingham round, reminded everyone that his Porsche remains a threat regardless, following he and co-driver Tim Bridgman’s second place at the Leicestershire venue. But it could have been so much better without a bizarre incident that undid much of their early good work.
Despite the pair missing out on pole position by a slender 0.040 seconds, Fisken was soon proving his and the Porsche’s wet-weather prowess as he vaulted up to second in the early stages before holding station for the remainder of his stint.
Bridgeman then inherited first when the leading Aston Martin spun away its advantage soon after the opening round of stops. Having switched from wet tyres to slicks, he was able to build a sizeable advantage throughout until pitting early during a second Safety Car period.
Fisken, who initially emerged with the team’s lead still intact, was then forced to circulate slowly under Safety Car procedure behind a crippled GT4 Aston Martin, allowing the chasing MTECH Ferrari to close in. With their advantage now all-but negated, the backmarker then swerved late across the Porsche’s path into the pits just as racing resumed.
With Gregor hard on the brakes, Duncan Cameron was able to easily nip past, even though the race remained under caution.
Differing strategies ensured the Trackspeed car dropped to third during its final pit-stop before Bridgman set about chasing down the leaders.
Certain that the MTECH 458 would be penalised post-race, it was now a case of sticking close to the Ferrari’s tail, even though a late-race caution’s restart was again compromised by lapped GT4 machinery.
Just over six seconds covered the podium finishers at the chequered flag, with Fisken inheriting second from the duly penalised Ferrari by a meagre 0.046 seconds!
Gregor Fisken said: “It’s great to get back on the podium and an excellent result for the team, but I can’t help feeling a sense of ‘what if’.
“I was really enjoying myself out there, especially in the opening stint, when the track was at its trickiest.
“I’ve always revelled in those sorts of conditions because of my background in historic racing where power comfortably outstrips grip.
“Tim was then able to extend our lead before I got back in.
We were comfortably clear of the rest so to have the GT4 Aston Martin compromise our race like that is just so disappointing.
“I had no choice but to stay behind even though the Safety Car was going faster. That allowed the others to claw back everything they had originally lost.
“Without being so badly delayed I think we would have won, especially when Tim showed in the final stint that we also had the dry pace to compete with the Ferraris.
“That at least bodes well for the final round where we will be looking to end our year on a high.”
The final British GT round of the season takes place at Silverstone on October 8/9.