IDC Racing: GT Cup Round 2 at Brands Hatch

Following on from their stellar efforts at the opening round of the GT Cup at Donington Park, IDC Racing’s Oli Webb and Iain Campbell made their way to the iconic Brands Hatch circuit to battle it out again in a stacked field for round 2. After a top-five result at the opening round of the season at Donington Park, rookie racer Iain Campbell and his professional co-driver Oli Webb were the team’s highest-finishing crew at Brands Hatch in sixth spot in the #23 car.

IDC director Iain Campbell had started the second of two 50-minute ‘Endurance’ races from 13th place in the ultra-competitive GTH class but maintained his recent trend of gaining ground at the start to climb to 10th among a record 45-car field for the series. He coped superbly with a shattered drivers-side window that was most likely caused by an impact with a stone thrown up by another car, that required him to wind the window down just to be able to use his wing mirror and resulted in excessive wind in the car. A driver change swiftly executed by Greystone GT’s experienced pit crew released Oli who went on track with a determined charge during the second half of the race.

Iain and Oli finished Saturdays back to back races as follows:

Race 1: Qualified 12th in class and finished 9th.

Race 2: Started 13th with a well fought finish of 6th place.

The results at Brands Hatch leave Iain an Oli eighth in the GTH overall.

Iain Campbell (#23 McLaren 570S GT4) said: “To have a pair of top-six finishes from our first two race weekends is way beyond what I expected from the start of my rookie season, and certainly from where we started the races. Brands Hatch was tougher than Donington because I’d never driven the McLaren here in the dry before, so that definitely affected my ability to qualify well. By the end of Saturday we’d learnt a lot and I was faster than I’d been in qualifying - even with the issue with the window - so if this had been a normal four-race weekend, I know we’d have been so much better off on Sunday.”

Oli Webb (#23 McLaren 570S GT4) said: “I had an absolute blast in Race Two; another lap and I’d have had fifth place, but to come from 10th to sixth in 20 minutes of racing was really fun. We were also the fastest of the McLarens in that race, which was really pleasing and shows the good work the team’s done, and I think I knew that was possible after we’d gone fastest in practice - my first flying lap at Brands Hatch since 2010! Iain made big gains across the day as he became more familiar with the track and I think that when we go to Snetterton - a track he knows better - that learning curve will be much flatter.”

You can catch Iain and Oli next at Snetterton for an action-packed weekend of racing on the 5th and 6th of June with the race shown live over on the GT Cup YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/GTCUPUK​


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