Drama for Jarman on way to victory

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There was drama on the start line for Andrew Jarman, but a heroic performance saw the Milton Keynes driver scythe through the field to seal a memorable victory at Donington Park.

In the driving seat for Stratton Motorsport in only his third GT4 race, Jarman and his team-mate Olivier Bouche qualified in third place on the grid during a dry qualifying.

There was drama straight away as Jarman’s GT4 stalled at the start, and as the field left the grid, he was unable to retake his position – due to the regulations – and was forced to start from the back of the field.

Cue a fantastic fightback from Jarman though, as he brilliantly battled his way back through the order and into a podium spot.

Closing down the front two by lap 13, Jarman was right on the back of the car in second spot, heading down the Craner Curves, through old hairpin and up towards McLean’s.

But the pair touched and both spun off the track. But fortunately Jarman was able to continue, but trailed the leader now by more than 13 seconds.

From this point on the Stratton Motorsport driver set a series of impressive lap times to close the gap, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

He was back on the tail of the leader and on lap 21 made his move stick. He opened up a huge gap before pitting on lap 36 for the driver change.

Team-mate Bouche then put in a super performance, lapping over a second a lap faster than anyone else on the track to increase their lead by a full lap.

But there was a final twist in what had already been a dramatic race as Jarman and Bouche were handed a drive through penalty when Jarman was deemed to have overtaken a backmarker car under a yellow flag.

Despite losing around 30 seconds as a result, the series leading pairing were able to maintain their lead and took the chequered flag after 100 minutes of action packed racing to take win number two of the season, much to the delighted of the Stratton Motorsport team, sponsors and supporters.

Speaking afterwards, a delighted Jarman, said: “We had a problem at the start getting off the line. I selected first gear but couldn’t pull away and knew that once I dropped to the back of the field I had to start from the back.

“But I’m just delighted for everyone. The team has worked especially hard this weekend with the car and we have a lot of guest sponsors here, so it is nice to reward their support with a victory.”