Jetstream Motorsport’s Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin hope to conclude their maiden season in the British GT Championship on the top step of the winners’ rostrum at Donington Park (22-23 September), to maximise their chances of finishing fourth in the definitive 2018 points classification.
Having challenged for victory at Rockingham Motor Speedway, scaled the podium at Snetterton and achieved a breakthrough victory at Belgium’s legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Jetstream Motorsport, Davidson and Martin lie seventh in the overall Teams’ and Drivers’ standings with a tally of 77.5 points.
However, with a maximum of 37.5 points available in the highly anticipated ‘Donington Decider’, Jetstream Motorsport and its Pro-Am pairing still have a mathematical shot at finishing fourth overall in the final reckoning.
There are several permutations, but Davidson and Martin must win in the East Midlands and hope Beechdean AMR’s Andrew Howard and Darren Turner finish no higher than second, with TF Sport’s Derek Johnston and Marco Sorensen fifth and ERC Sport’s Yelmer Buurman and Lee Mowle ninth or lower.
Of course, Jetstream Motorsport can only focus on its own performance, and the Bruntingthorpe-based team’s priority will simply be to secure pole position in Saturday’s fast and frantic qualifying session and, with no success penalty to serve in the stops, lead the 120-minute season finale from lights-to-flag.
Davidson, who one year ago at Donington Park became GT Cup Champion, said: “This season has been an incredible journey and, while we have achieved that all-important maiden win, other victories have slipped from our grasp and I’m keen to complete 2018 with another first-place result at Donington Park, Jetstream Motorsport’s home circuit and the place where we sealed last year’s GT Cup title.
“We’re well aware that it’s still possible to finish fourth in the championship, but we also recognise that it will be a tall order. It’s pretty much out of our hands and we can only concentrate on taking pole position and converting that into a race win. To finish fourth would be a great achievement for Jetstream Motorsport. I don’t feel seventh reflects the strength of our performances this season.”
Preparations for the 2018 British GT Championship ‘Donington Decider’ will commence with two one-hour free practice sessions at 9.40 and 12.00, while the grid will be set during a four-part qualifying session that begins at 15.55 on Saturday (22 September).
The headlining British GT season finale, meanwhile, will be held over two hours from 13.35 on Sunday (23 September).