Snetterton // 01.10.13
Milton Keynes based racer Andrew Jarman took a dominant victory at the final Aston Martin GT4 Challenge round at a sunny Snetterton race circuit in Norfolk last week to see him crowned 2013 GT4 Challenge Champion after a superb first season in GT racing.
The TXM Recruit sponsored driver qualified on pole position for the 100 minute final race of 2013 alongside teammate Craig Dolby in their Stratton Motorsport Aston Martin GT4. As the lights went green, it was Dolby who took the start and opened up a commanding lead during his 50 minute stint before handing over to Jarman for the second half of race.
Due to the performance balancing regulations used in the GT4 Challenge , the pairing of Jarman/Dolby where required to take an additional 30 second time penalty at their mandatory pit stop which dropped Jarman to 2nd place after his pit stop and almost 20 seconds to catch up to the leader.
But in what has been a common feature in Jarman’s 2013 season, he once again put in a determined performance and set his sights on reducing the gap and catching the leader. 20 minutes into his 50 minute stint, Jarman had reduced gap to just a few seconds and on lap 32, he retook the lead with 25 minutes remaining.
Out in front, Jarman then extended his lead to over 30 seconds by the final stages of the race and as the 100th minute passed, Jarman took another dominate victory and the crucial points needed to be crowned 2013 GT4 Challenge Champion, much to the delight of his Stratton Motorsport team.
Talking on the podium Jarman commented:
“It’s the perfect finish to an amazing first season for me in GT Racing, its been a steep learning curve for me this year but I’ve adapted to the new challenge of endurance racing after three seasons in single seaters. I’m delighted to reward my sponsors, supporters, family and the team for all their support and hard work this season.
Craig [Dolby] did a fantastic job in the first stint but I knew with our time penalty it was going to be close, I had a problem with my radio in the race which meant I had no communication with the team so I just focused on consistent laps to catch the leader and then made sure I looked after my tyre’s in the closing stages.
I knew after winning at Silvertsone [Round 1] we had a good chance of the championship this season but it’s been a lot of hard work to get here am I’m delighted it’s all paid off. I hope to move up to the British GT Championship in 2014 and hopefully this result will help me attract the support I need to progress my career but for now I’m just going to enjoy the moment!”
If you would like to contact Andrew regarding his 2014 season please email firstname.lastname@example.org.