We came away from Paul Ricard in June leading the manufacturers championship, and also having elevated ourselves in to second place in the Blancpain Endurance Drivers’ title standings too. All in all it was a fruitful weekend, and we did absolutely the maximum as a team.
The Bentley Continental GT3 was working very well around the Ricard track, as it did last year when we won the event. I’m not sure if achieving the double there was really on last month, but we sure gave it a damned good try.
Qualifying was generally good and we worked well on the set-up to line-up fifth. Guy and Andy did great double stints each, as it was a six hour race, and we were in a good position when I got in the cockpit with just over two hours left.
I was soon running in second place and started to eat in to the leading Nissan in the last 45 minutes and managed to bring down the gap from over half a minute to just under two seconds.
I was giving it absolutely everything to try and latch on to it, and look at getting on to Alex Buncombe’s tail. He was like a rocket on the long Mistral Straight and I knew it would be a long shot to get through, but I was adamant that I’d give it my very best shot. Pushing way above the limit to try and have a crack at the lead, I had a spin, but kept everything going to collect second placed points.
The team was really happy with the performance throughout the weekend and while we go racing to win, we also know that we did the maximum and came away with excellent points for the title battle.
What the result also gives us of course is some really good momentum heading to Spa. We are in better shape going in to the biggest race of the year compared to last season and we aren’t intimidated by anyone heading in to the 24 Hours.