Heading into Round 3 of the British GT Championship, Milton Keynes racer Andrew Jarman was top of the points table after a superb opening round at Cheshire’s Oulton Park, with a class victory after stepping up to British GT having won the 2013 Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Championship.
Corby’s Rockingham Motorsport Speedway “The Rock” was the location of Round 3 and with just a 3 point lead in the Championship, Jarman and team mate Devon Modell were keen to build on their successful 2014 season start.
Adding to the challenge of a 2 hour race around the 2.56 mile Rockingham Speedway, due to prior racing commitments, team mate Modell was unable to take part in qualifying, resulting in a back of the grid slot for Jarman to take the start in TF Sport’s GT4 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
In glorious sunshine the 39 car field raced past the start line as the red lights went out, heading into Turn 1 the field of supercars all made it through the opening corners as Jarman soon started his progress up the field, taking three places during the opening 3 laps.
Lapping quicker than the rest of GT4 field with exception of class leader Rick Partfitt Junior in clean air, the TXM Plant sponsored driver was up to 4th by lap 7 and closing in on 3rd. 2 laps later and Jarman took 3rd place with a late move down the inside of Turn 1 and soon pulled a gap. But progress was haltered with a slow rear puncture on lap 13 which the TF Sport driver managed for the next 25 laps; even extended the gap on his rivals before the pit window opened for team mate Devon Modell to take over.
After completing a lengthy stop included an obligatory 20-second time penalty for winning the previous race (Oulton Park), Modell emerged in 4th place before regaining 3rd after the lead Century Motorsport Ginetta retired with technical problems. But it was soon replaced by fellow Milton Keynes racer Jamie Stanley’s Ginetta G55 who battled with Modell up until the closing stages of the race as finally, he pulled a safety gap to take the chequered flag and a well-earned 3 out of 3 podiums finishes.
Jarman said after the race: “Third place is a great effort by the team this weekend, we didn’t make life easy for ourselves starting from the back but to get three podiums from three races is a great result and some solid point for the Championship.
I wanted to get through the first corner cleanly and then focused on moving up the field, I lost some time getting past the Ginetta in 4th place and by the time I got past I’d picked up a slow puncture and was unable to catch the front two, but Devon did a good job to hold our position and from where we started it’s a great result”
TF Sport Director, Tom Ferrier, said: “We were always up against it, but we got what we came for, achieving a a podium finish in GT4. In hindsight, the GT4 result may have been even better if we hadn’t had to start from the back of the grid, but Andrew’s (Jarman) pace was exceptional and moved us forwards and Devon (Modell) did a very good job considering he turned up today with hardly any practice miles under his belt. We came here knowing this wasn’t going to be the strongest track for the Aston Martin and we have some circuits coming up that the drivers excel on. Onwards and upwards!”