Mixed emotions for Lotus Sport UK on Saturday, as the No. 48 Evora GT4 of Glew and Holmes takes GT4 class victory in the final round of the British GT Championship, but the No. 49 sister car failing in the closing stages of the race while running third.
A brilliant performance from Phil Glew and Chris Holmes gave the Lotus Sport UK teamsomething to celebrate as the Avon Tyres British GT Championship drew to a close at Silverstone.
Starting from GT4 pole position the #48 LotusEvora lead the class from the off, with their nearest competitor the #50 Ginetta of Denis/McDonald running close with them in the early stages. As the race wore on Glew pulled away only for the field to be closed up by a 20minute safety car period midway through the race. Holmes would maintain the lead to take the chequered flag and GT4 win.
Holmes who had only driven the car for the first time the day before was delighted with the result: “Brilliant stuff, I Really enjoyed the race. Phil drove the wheels off it to enable me to have a comfortable stint and I really got to learn the car.”
Team mate Glew enjoyed the race which roundedoff a positive year. “What a great end to the season, the team is awesome, the car has been brilliant and all my various team mates this year have done a great job.”
The #49 Lotus Evora of Freddy Nordstrom and Leyton Clarke was unlucky not to finish the race after looking like they were set for a podium finish. Heading into the race Nordstrom and Clarke had an outside chance of taking the GT4 title but an unknown problem saw the car grind to a halt in the closing stages of the race, endingany chances.
Nordstrom commented: “I’m a bit disappointed with this weekend; car issues and then breaking down at the end of this race cost us the chance of the GT4 title.”
Clarke was similarly disappointed:“It’s been a bit of a rubbish weekend with the car failing at the end of the race, but that’s racing!”
Team manager Gary Ayles had mixed feeling sabout the result, “Phil and Chris did the job and were fastest across the weekend. Followed by the win, I couldn’t ask for much more really! I thought we were on for a win and a third but the car failed on the last few laps.The team will be looking into why that occurred.”
Looking back over the season Ayles commented: ”All the drivers we’ve had with us this year have done a fantastic job! Roll on next season!”