Jetstream Motorsport will endeavour to double its victory count in the eighth and penultimate round of the 2018 British GT Championship on the world-famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (4-5 August).
The official Aston Martin Racing Partner Team registered a maiden British GT win during the championship’s annual jaunt across the English Channel to Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps less than a fortnight ago.
Aberdonian Am Graham Davidson and Belgian ace Maxime Martin have been a potent pairing since their British GT debut at Oulton Park in April and it was a matter of when, not if, they would scale the top step of the winners’ rostrum.
They fought for victory at Rockingham Motor Speedway before finishing a close second at Snetterton in the spring, but Davidson’s spectacular drive to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans-supporting Aston Martin Racing Festival whet the appetite, and the Scottish Am duly achieved a breakthrough British GT win when reunited with Pro teammate Martin at Spa.
Indeed, the professionalism Jetstream Motorsport has shown since transitioning from GT Cup to British GT and its drivers’ fighting on-track performances have propelled it to sixth in the Teams’ and Drivers’ standings with two rounds to run at Brands Hatch (4-5 August) and Donington Park (22-23 September).
Having enjoyed the spoils of victory at Spa, a buoyant Jetstream Motorsport intends to hit the front again at Kent’s undulating Brands Hatch circuit, although winning will be a tall order when it has a 20-second success penalty to overcome in Sunday’s two-hour race.
“Achieving that first win at a circuit like Spa during Jetstream Motorsport’s maiden British GT season felt incredible and it was a weight off my shoulders too,” said Davidson. “We hold ourselves to very high standards and we have always had lofty expectations because we’re confident in our ability, but we can’t be complacent now if we’re to continue fighting at the front for further wins and podium finishes.
“We should carry some momentum from our Spa victory into the next round of the championship at Brands Hatch, where we will welcome several guests from Jetstream Motorsport’s sponsors, Aston Martin Edinburgh and Mattioli Woods. Of course, the competition will be as fierce as ever and we will also have a success penalty to serve in the pits, so finishing first will be a big ask, but I think Maxime (Martin) and I are up to the challenge.”
A pair of one-hour free practice sessions will take place at 9.30 and 11.40, ahead of British GT Championship qualifying at 16.00 on Saturday (4 August), while the 120-minute race is scheduled for 13.40 on Sunday (5 August).