Wyatt wins the title after a thrilling finale

Jeff Wyatt wins the GT Cup. Pic: Mick Herring
Jeff Wyatt wins the GT Cup. Pic: Mick Herring

Jeff Wyatt couldn’t have cut it any finer as he left it to the death to secure the GT Cup Championship at Donington on Sunday.

Having already wrapped up the GTA Championship at Snetterton last month, the racer from Grange Farm was still in with a shout of the overall title as the series went to the final round at the Leicestershire circuit.

Wyatt went into the last two races of the 19 race national series some 59 points behind season long Championship leader Alex Martin in his Ferrari 458.

His Geoff Steel Racing BMW M3 was the only other driver to have a mathematical chance of overhauling the points tally in the four-class multi-marque national championship.

To do so, Wyatt needed a class win in both races, or claim a couple of class pole positions ( which attract an additional bonus point ) and settle for two second places.

The target was to earn 60 points which ever way he could to win the championship by one solitary point, and this, against the odds, is what he did.

Wyatt’s task was made possible by the decision of Martin not to compete at the event and therefore throwing any chance of winning any more points, thinking his points haul was already enough to secure the coveted overall trophy.

Instead, Martin opted to race at Monza in with his Ferrari.

Wyatt’s remote chances were made all the more real when he put the BMW on pole position to pick up the extra point, meaning he needed to finish first and second in the remaining two races to win the title.

He did everything right in the opening race, taking the chequered flag first to set up a nail-biting final race of the season.

With the title within reach, and knowing he needed at least a second place to clinch it, Wyatt drove brilliantly to finish on the second step of the podium, landing himself the GT Cup Championship.

“That was pressure,” he said afterwards. “I have to admit, it’s a bit of a surprise following a few seasons without much racing.

“We set the car up for this event using all our experience to give me a tool with a chance of winning.

“The time of running a cautious points earning approach was over - we had to win.

“I won the first race by four seconds from the very racy Porsche GT3 of McEwen, meaning a second place would do the trick in race two.

“To win this Championship from a field of stunning GT cars piloted by some of the country’s top driving talent, is a big thrill indeed.”

The racer is now planning a step up for 2014 to either the British GT Championship or the International GT arena.