Jarman takes Spa victory

Andrew Jarman wins at Spa
Andrew Jarman wins at Spa

Andrew Jarman came away from Spa-Francorchamps with a stunning victory, but also a disappointing seventh place in the British GT Championship.

The MK racer qualified third in his Aston Martin GT4, but changeable weather conditions, which Spa is notorious for, prompted Jarman to pit on the warm-up lap for slicks.

As the reshuffled grid got underway, Jarman found himself in fourth place but quickly made his way up to second before taking the lead heading into the fast Blanchimont corner.

With a clear track in front, an impressive succession of laps gave Jarman a 12 second lead by the time he handed over to Devon Modell.

A battle for victory followed with Modell putting in a superb drive to stay in front despite intense pressure and an eventual three way battle for victory joined by the Lotus Evora GT4 of IZZY Racing, but Modell kept it in front until the line to take their second victory of 2014.

Jamie Stanley, also from Milton Keynes, qualified seventh in his Ginetta, but got the strategy right on the opening lap, and found himself second at the start, but fell to eighth at the finish.

Jarman found it much harder in race 2 though, as a poorly-timed pit-stop saw him emerge from the pit lane behind the safety car and down in fourth.

Heading into Turn 1, an optimistic move down the inside was aborted leaving Jarman to run wide, before he quickly regained momentum to take fourth place heading into the chicane, followed by a near identical move around the outside of the chicane on the following lap to take third.

But it wasn’t to be as Jarman was given a 1 second stop and go penalty for exiting the pit lane just four tenths of a second short of the minimum pit time, dropping the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 down to seventh place as the chequered flag dropped.

Meanwhile, Stanley and team-mate Paul McNeilly brought their car home fifth in class.

“That’s part of racing I guess,” said a disappointed Jarman afterwards.

“It’s been a day of highs and lows and I’m really disappointed not to have at least secured a podium after such a great Race 1.”