Jetstream Motorsport hopes it’s third time lucky and the British GT Championship Silverstone 500 (9-10 June) yields a maiden victory, which has narrowly eluded the team in two of the last three races.
The Bruntingthorpe-based squad broke its British GT podiums duck by converting a front-row start into a second-place result in the fourth round of the 2018 season at Snetterton (26-27 May), but the celebrations were tinged with frustration.
As in Round 3 at Rockingham, Scottish Am racer Graham Davidson thrusted his way to the head of the field in the first of two one-hour races at Snetterton. However, a faulty battery caused a slight delay in the pits and enabled a rival Aston Martin squad to assume an unassailable lead on the run to the chequered flag.
Having had one hand on the winners’ trophy in two successive races, Jetstream Motorsport is keener than ever to scale the top step of the podium.
The speed with which the Aston Martin Racing Partner Team has risen from obscurity as a mere British GT rookie to hotly-tipped victory contender is nothing short of remarkable, but the squad is still at the base of a steep learning curve, where the focus is on dialling out the minor faults that have so far made the difference between winning and finishing runner-up.
For Jetstream Motorsport, there’s little doubt that it is capable of taking victory in the Silverstone 500 – the blue riband fixture on the British GT calendar – but both the team and its drivers will have to be flawless if they are to convert their irrefutable pace into a first-place result at the Home of British Motor Racing.
A shift in the British GT Championship’s Balance of Performance means the Aston Martin contingent will be laden with 90kg of ballast, but Silverstone’s high-speed confines typically flatter the V12 Vantage GT3, with its powerful naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre engine.
Davidson, aged 33 from Aberdeen, is unperturbed by the increased weight and confidently predicts that he and Pro teammate Maxime Martin can make the difference over the course of the three-hour race, for which points-and-a-half are awarded.
“The rate of progress within Jetstream Motorsport is just phenomenal and, while it was an honour to stand on the second step of the podium at Snetterton, we’re racers and feel disappointed that two potential wins have slipped through our fingers,” said Davidson. “That we’re disappointed not to have won when we’re only five races into our maiden British GT campaign is indicative of the team’s drive and ambition, but we’ve proven that we have the substance to back up that ambition, having already qualified on the front row of the grid, led races and finished on the podium against very stiff opposition.
“There’s no doubt that the one-hour races at Snetterton were great opportunities to seal a first victory for Jetstream Motorsport. It will be very difficult to achieve a win this time out at Silverstone, simply because there are more variables and more opportunities to make mistakes during these longer endurance races. However, I’m confident that the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 will be a strong package once again, even with extra weight on-board, and I know Maxime (Martin) and I can do the business on the track. It’s simple, really. We just need to be absolutely flawless.”
Two one-hour free practice sessions are scheduled to take place at 9.30 and 11.40, ahead of qualifying at 15.25 on Saturday (9 June), while the three-hour British GT Championship Silverstone 500 will commence at 13.10 on Sunday (10 June).