Motorsport - disappointment for Wisbech racer at rain-hit Snetterton

Jake Giddings in action at Snetterton.
Jake Giddings in action at Snetterton.
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Wisbech driver Jake Giddings encountered a frustrating weekend at Snetterton in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

The Aston Martin Evolution Academy driver was again plagued by power issues with his Aston Martin V8 Vantage which led to a very challenging penultimate event of the season.

And added to that he suffered an unfortunate retirement from the second of the event’s two 60-minute races. That was a result of suspension damage following light contact with the barriers when the rear of the car stepped-out part way through the rain-hit contest.

“We’ve had the power problem since Spa and we’re still trying everything we can to get on top of it, but it’s still been there this weekend”, said Giddings.

“There are no fault codes coming up on the laptops when they’re plugged into the car so there isn’t really a lot we can do as there’s nothing to pinpoint where the problem is.

“The team has changed all the spark plugs, checking wiring and pipes, but we’re still no further forward. The thought is it could possibly be a cam fault so the engine, and the full wiring loom harness, is going back to Prodrive now. Then it’s a case of hoping and praying we’ll have the issue resolved and be able to challenge for a good result at Donington to finish the year on a bit of a high.”

With the issue limiting the pace available to Giddings and team-mate Kieran Griffin in qualifying, the pair had to settle for 13th on the grid in the GT4 Class for both rounds seven and eight.

Griffin took the first stint of the opening race, which took place under glorious late-summer skies, and he held the spot throughout the first half of the contest.

Giddings got behind the wheel at the driver-change stop halfway through and despite the power issues, the Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage and Toppesfield-backed racer managed to claw his way through to an eventual top 10 finish in GT4.

Prior to the start of round eight, the skies opened and a deluge of rain meant a very wet final race of the weekend. The weather took such a turn for the worse, officials opted to red flag the race around 10 minutes early with standing water on track becoming particularly hazardous.

Unfortunately for Giddings, his involvement in the race didn’t last long. That was when he suffered the suspension damage mid-race and had to retire to the pits.

Beginning the race in 13th position in GT4, he progressed well into the top 10 in class before moving up into ninth prior to the driver-change stops. Unfortunately for the JWBird Motorsport driver, though, the rear of the car stepped away just before he was due to head to the pits and the resulting damage from contact with the barriers ruled the No.47 Aston Martin out of the contest.

Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in the East Midlands will host the championship finale of the British GT season, round nine, on September 12 and 13.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Driver Standings (after Rd8):

10th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 52.5pts

Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Pro-Am Standings (after Rd8):

5th Jake Giddings/Kieran Griffin, 80pts

Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 Team Standings (after Rd8):

9th JWBird Motorsport, 49.5pts