Testing race at Spa for Stanley

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Jamie Stanley found it tough going at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the fifth round of the British GT Championship.

The track is notorious for its changeable weather conditions, and it played a crucial role in qualifying, where Stanley and team-mate Paul McNeilly could only put their FOX Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 in eighth for race 1, and ninth for race 2.

But opting to come into the pit lane for slick tyres after the first formation lap proved to be a stroke of genius for the duo, as they got the jump on the field, who chose to do it a lap later, elevating McNeilly to second in class.

McNeilly brought the car into the pit stop in sixth place and Stanley rejoined in the same position. Unfortunately he found himself battling with the set-up issues that plagued the team all weekend and slipping into the clutches of the Twisted Team Parker G55 of Bradley Ellis.

Soon after Stanley was in a side-by-side dicing duel with Dan Cammish to the flag where Stanley brought the car home in eighth.

Milton Keynes racer Stanley made a great getaway off the line in race two but contact from the APO Porsche pushed him back to ninth momentarily, before passing the G55 of Century Motorsport for eight position at the end of the Kemel Straight.

Stanley stayed on the tail of the leading pack with the gap down to just five seconds.

The race was interrupted by the Safety car after a heavy crash for the GT3 Ginetta of Tom Sharp. Not long after the safety car, the pit lane opened and the team elected to stop one lap before most to try and do something a little different. Though this gamble proved costly as almost immediately the safety car came back out for another crash involving the #888 GT3 Triple Eight BMW.

McNeilly took the car out in eighth after being held up in the pits by the rival G55 of Century Motorsport. The Brentwood racer battled on with the car, with its handling less than perfect, and took the flag fifth in class after a tough race.

Speaking afterwards, Stanley said: “That’s the hardest eighth and fifth places I’ve ever had to work for. We just couldn’t get the car working this weekend, and it’s been hard going but we will bounce back for Brands.”