Tom Wrigley headed to Silverstone to compete in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup over the weekend of the 26th and 27th of September. He competed in his #19 car with Rob Boston Racing, they were also running Jordan Stilp over the weekend too. Tom is the current Kumho BMW Champion as he won the championship in 2014.
Tom participated in the two practice sessions on the Friday prior to the race weekend, he managed to post times to place him third overall in both practice sessions. This showed just how successful the weekend could be for Tom and his team.
Saturday came around, it was time for Tom to go out and qualify at 12:05 to set his grid position for race one. Tom managed to set a fastest lap to put him onto pole position for race one. Unfortunately at Silverstone, pole position is not always the place you want to be on the grid as you start on the outside line for the first corner. The time Tom set to qualify on pole was a 58.233 seconds. There were just four thousandths of a second was between Tom Wrigley and Tom Oliphant. At 17:05 it was time for Tom to go out for race one, he lined up on pole position ready to go. He didn’t get a very good start as soon as the lights went out he lost first to Tom Oliphant. Jamie Orton and Will Burns also got past Tom Wrigley on the first few corners. He dropped back into fourth and was battling hard with Will Burns for third place. Tom managed to get back into third place at Copse but as they entered the Becketts complex he had contact from behind and was punted off track leaving Tom sideways against a tyre barrier in a gravel trap. This ended Tom’s race with a disappointing DNF, ruining a weekend of what could have been very successful for Tom.
Sunday brought race two, which took place at 13:45. The race would last for 24 laps of the national circuit. Tom lined up towards the back of the grid in 20th place alongside Will Burns. Tom got a pretty decent start from 20th and managed to get up to 13th place. As Tom entered Brooklands a few cars were spinning off track, this forced him to go off track to avoid having contact with the spinning cars. This meant Tom dropped back down to 21st as he re-joined the circuit. Then Tom suffered a gearbox issue arise which meant he could only downshift. He managed to go on and recover and finish the race in 8th place. Race two showed how talented Tom is as a driver as he climbed from 20th to 13th to then drop back down to 21st and then go on to complete the race in 8th place whilst suffering from gearbox issues.
You can catch Tom in action racing at the final round of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship at Brands Hatch on the 10th and 11th of October, he will be competing on the GP circuit.
© Fay Tilley 1st October 2015.