Wyatt limits title damage

Jeff Wyatt
Jeff Wyatt

It was a topsy-turvy weekend for GT Cup Championship racer Jeff Wyatt at Snetterton.

Wyatt’s reliability in his 33 races in the championship had been almost bullet-proof until this weekend.

Race 1 started well, with Wyatt right in the mix of his fellow GTA class runners with the running order jumping around from leader to fifth place in class depending on a combination of race performance, safety car periods and the mandatory pit stop.

But while he was comfortably up in second, a clutch problem on the final lap saw him fall off the pace dramatically, but manage to get to the finish just half a second in front of the chasing pack.

Repair work on the car overnight didn’t initially seem to work, so the Geoff Steel team went into qualifying with fingers crossed.

While the car was far from ideal to drive, Wyatt was careful not to do too much damage to his championship intentions.

Taking it easy, Wyatt brought home the BMW M3 E46 with two sixth place finishes in the final two races of the weekend.

“All in all we got as much as we could out of this meeting,” said Wyatt afterwards.

“Let’s hope that is the last of our mechanical woes for this season.

“It was quite handy only seven GTA cars turned up this weekend, otherwise the points drop would have been higher.”

The result saw Wyatt pick up 40 points from the weekend, keeping him on top of the GTA class championship.