Wisbech racer Jake Giddings heads to Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit this weekend (September 12/13) for the final race of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship season.
And he’ll be hopeing to deliver one of the JWBird Motorsport team’s best results of 2015.
Long overdue a trouble-free outing, Giddings and team-mate Kieran Griffin head to the East Midlands determined to sign off the campaign with a strong performance after several race meetings battling ongoing power issues with their Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Following the most recent round at Snetterton 300 Circuit a couple of weeks ago, the No.47 car was taken back to the Banbury headquarters of renowned specialist Prodrive – the engineering strength behind Aston Martin’s motor-racing programme.
And after testing the re-fettled Aston Martin at Donington last Thursday (September 3), Giddings reported the outing went extremely well initially but the power-sapping problem did frustratingly return.
With an Aston Martin technician in attendance, more work was done to try and cure the issue and ahead of next weekend’s action a fresh ECU and control module will be fitted to the JWBird car.
“Testing was going really well on Thursday,” said Giddings. “I really thought we’d got the problem sorted out but the lack of power came back.
“The Aston technician did manage to stop the power problem at the time, but he was convinced it would come back so they’re going to change more parts on the car now.”
Ahead of round nine of the season, which will be screened live on Motors TV on Sunday, Giddings and Griffin hold 10th position in the overall GT4 standings and with 150% points up for grabs in the final race of the year – due to its two-hour duration – there is a mathematical possibility for the duo to end the season in the top six.
“Hopefully the car will be sorted for next weekend and we’ll be back on form, Kieran is raring to go and we both really want to end the year with a good result – I want to go out for a win,” added Giddings.
“I haven’t always had the best of finishes at Donington, but since I’ve been racing GT I do enjoy the track a lot more so I’m looking forward to it.”
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