ROUND SIX - 7th & 8th November 2020

Race One: Three Hour Endurance, qualified P5, finished P5.

A tough race for all the competing McLarens across the board, with straight-line speed differentials lacking to the front engine cars in both quali and race pace environments.

During the start of the three-hour marathon, an early safety car allowed the TF Astons and a Century M4 BMW to play their pit stop strategy more effectively than remainder of the GT4 field. The former passing the red light at pit stop exit to take a ten second stop and go penalty (approx. 45secs) which was better than being held behind the safety car train and being a lap down (2mins 15secs), whilst the Century BMW as a Pro Am driver line up enjoyed a shorter pit stop time and managed to exit the pit lane before the red light and safety car train completed a lap, thus being one lap ahead of all the held cars (remaining GT4 Pro cars).

A solid, mature drive from Gus and Chris, with slick pit stops completed with no issues, allowed the 57 car to race unimpeded, although we needed to wait for the last fifteen minutes for all GT4 cars to complete pit stop rotations before final race order could be truly assessed.

With the Championship being decided on completion of this race, a poor finish was needed by others to give Gus and Chris any chance of snatching the Championship or Vice Championship.

Sadly, it was not to be, as both TF’S and the 58 HHC sister car came in 2nd to 4th place ahead of the eventual P5 car (#57 HHC) of Gus and Chris.

This ensured that the boys eventually finished the British GT4 Championship in fourth place in the driver standings out of 16, whilst they came second in the GT4 team championship for HHC McLaren.

A truly great result for their rookie season in British GT4!

ROUND FIVE - 3rd & 4th October 2020

ROUND FIVE - Snetterton 3rd & 4th October 2020

Race format was two, one-hour sprint races with a mandatory pit stop and driver change at the 30mins mark.

Race One: One Hour Sprint, qualified P2, finished P4.

Race Two: One Hour Sprint, qualified P4, finished P8.

Well it was wet! Tough conditions for all the drivers this weekend. HUGE skill, concentration and courage to RACE (remember not just drive) in horrendous conditions on a track as technical and as fast as Snetterton.

Can’t say how proud and impressed I am of the boy’s this weekend. Gus drove superb, no errors at all, super-fast pace and mature, positive attitude when faced with the many issues outside of his control.

Race 1 - Gus managed his first stint with fast pace and precision, opening up a nice gap to the cars behind and bringing the 57 car back in p2 for the driver change. A first lap outing on the grass for Chris, during the tough conditions meant car 57 lost a couple of places later, eventually finishing the race p4.

Race 2 - Chris started so well, a very brave outside run into the first corner, putting the car in full contention for a podium position based on the boys weekend race pace. However, a push and shove from a passing GT3 Bentley ended up with an off track diversion, modest front end damage and a forced pit stop at the end of the first lap to repair the car.

Running two laps down Chris passed the car to Gus at next pit stop, who proceeded to light up the timing screens with the fastest race laps (even with front end damage) going into the final 30mins, until his sister car pipped him with an absolute flyer on their last lap. Race result was p8.

More points collected but it could have been so much more. Still a small chance to affect the championship at the last round at Silverstone in November as the boys and car 57 are fifth in the championship, but need results to fall their way to win overall.

Well done to HHC Motorsport, working tirelessly in pants conditions all weekend! An amazing team, producing great results as the sister 58 car collected a p2 and a race win, with superb driving and a rock-solid car.

ROUND FOUR - 19th & 20th September 2020

Race One: Three Hour Endurance, qualified P4, finished P8.

ROUND FOUR - Donington Park 19th & 20th September 2020

Race One: Three Hour Endurance, qualified P4, finished P8.

This race format was a three-hour endurance race, with three mandatory pit stops for fuel, tyres and driver change.

Chris had completed his quali session and Gus was busy in the car during the PRO class segment, when with only two minutes remaining, the engine of car 57 suddenly gave out, all power lost and oil proceeded to fall from the back of the car onto the track. This caused the qualification session to be red flagged.

The boys had done enough flying laps though to qualify 4th overall on the GT4 grid. Their highest place this season.

Once the car was back in the pit garage (6pm), the team assessed that the damage to engine was terminal and a full power unit swap was required before race day warm up at 9.15am the next day!

An all-night session ensued, as the full engineering might of HHC Motorsport (aided by the support team from McLaren) worked their way through the removal, replacement and testing of the new engine unit. This was completed by 4.30am the next day, allowing the team a few precious hours to sleep before race day started again with earnest.

Gus started the race very well, gaining a place into the first corner, up to p3, only to be held behind the safety car at the end of the first lap due to a Turn One incident caused by two GT3 cars. Gus drove a strong and superb first 45minute stint, maintaining position into the first set of pit stops and passing the car over to Chris Wesemael who also completed a strong first session in the car.

With other cars on a multitude of fuel and tyre strategies, Gus’s second pitstop went from bad to worse as a miscommunication and subsequent pit box release error from Gus was heavily penalised by the race officials, resulting in two additional drive through pit stop penalties and a loss of position on track. T

he 57 car under Chris, eventually finished p8, which although disappointing after such a strong start, does mean more championship points and no success penalties at the next round in two weeks’ time at Snetterton.

The sister 58 car started p2 and eventually won the 3hr race by just one second, with superb driving and more team championship points for HHC Motorsport (now second in team rankings).

The drivers’ championship is very tight at the top, with Gus and Chris in 5th place, but just 8.5points from leading joint TF Sport driver pairs.

ROUND THREE - Brands Hatch 29th & 30th August 2020

Race One: Two Hour Endurance, qualified P5, finished P3.

Gus started the race on the prestigious Brands Hatch GP circuit and immediately took a place from the rolling start from the sister 58 car. A multi lap battle ensued with the BMW M4 car, until a mistake and front wheel touching the gravel on turn one lost Gus momentum and position into the tight uphill Druids corner.

At the 58-minute mark, Gus radioed into the garage with a suspected front left tyre failure, only to be instructed to stay out to nurse the car for another lap, as the safety car was being called and would also allow the pit window to open, thus saving the team from two time consuming pit stops.

After a nerve-racking lap, without a tyre blow out, Gus managed to pit the car and allow the driver change to Chris, serve the 20 second success penalty from the previous win, refuel, new tyres and race for the remaining one-hour race segment.

Chris managed to move the car back up to fifth position, with a sweet, flowing move past the Toyota Supra GT4 at turn one, midway through his session. A last lap incident between teammates in the day glo Aston Martin GT4 cars (one taking a penalty, one DNF) subsequently promoted Chris and Gus up to third place with a second podium in two races!

Chris and Gus now lead the overall GT4 Drivers Championship by a half point margin, going into the next three-hour endurance race at Donington Park.

ROUND TWO - DONINGTON PARK 15TH & 16TH AUGUST 2020

Race Two: One Hour Sprint, qualified P8, finished P1.

As the second race approached the weather began to change with the track drying out. It was a tough call for the teams whether to gamble on slick tyres or play it safe on the wet tyres. Car 58 from pole decided to stick with the wets and try to gain an advantage from being first on the grid. Gus and the 57-crew decided to gamble and pitted during the formation lap to the grid for slick tyres and to start at the back of pack, from the pit lane, some 20 seconds off the GT4 pack.

During the opening laps, Gus found it difficult for grip on slicks but as the track began to dry, he found some serious pace over the wet weather tyre runners, with a five to six second improvement in lap time. He began to make his way through the field picking off each of his competitors as he went, with some fantastic overtakes, bravely leaving the dry line for damp track to complete each move.

When the pit stop window opened, Gus stayed out and tried to capitalise on the pace and increase overall time advantage gained. When they did stop, he did so from second place behind the Pro-AM GT4 car of Euan Hankey and Mia Flewitt.

As Chris took over the 57 he had a gap of about 30 seconds to close, but his pace was strong and he started reeling in the Flewitt McLaren. Eventually with six minutes left on the clock he made his move for the lead and took the opportunity. He then used the remaining time to build car 57’s overall lead.

As the chequered flag fell the team’s sister car 58 took a great third place, whilst out in front Chris on his 25th birthday held on for his and Gus’ first ever British GT win!

Chris and Gus are now joint third, with the 58-sister car, in the GT4 Drivers Championship.

ROUND TWO - DONINGTON PARK 15TH & 16TH AUGUST 2020

Race One: Two Hour Endurance, qualified P6, finished P5.

Sunday brought a change in weather meaning all drivers had to adapt to the wet weather conditions. The first race was the two-hour endurance race, the first of the season with refuelling during the pit stops.

Chris started car 57 and maintained his position away from the line. He then went looking to build on his solid start. As the battle containing a number of GT4 cars including the 58 car ahead intensified, Chris used the opportunity to close in. On the 40-minute mark he capitalised on the tussle between the sister 58 car and the Academy Mustang, passing them both at the final corner. However shortly after the Mustang found a turn of pace to get back through. Chris would hand over the car to Gus in fifth place.

During the second 30-minute stint, Gus he drove at a consistently fast pace, with minimal worry from the cars behind, apart from GT3 traffic (!) but too far from the front running pack after the pit stop rotations to close any gap, finishing the race in fifth place.

BRITISH GT ROUND ONE
OULTON PARK 1ST & 2ND AUGUST 2020

Race Two: One hour sprint format, qualified P8, finished P5.

From eighth on the grid, Gus pulled off some very impressive overtakes during his 30 minute stint to hand the car over to Chris in fifth place. Shortly after this pit stop a 3-car accident caused the safety car to be deployed.

Unfortunately, the damaged cars were unrecoverable in the remaining race time, meaning the safety car stayed out until the chequered flag. Chris brought the car home in a credible fifth having been denied further progression by this issue.

Leaving Oulton Park Gus and Chris are in joint fourth in the GT4 Drivers Championship.

BRITISH GT ROUND ONE
OULTON PARK 1ST & 2ND AUGUST 2020

Race One: One hour sprint format, qualified P6, finished P5.

Chris maintained his position during his first ever British GT race start and for the entirety of his stint, despite being under immense pressure from the cars around him. He handed over to Gus in his starting position of 6th.

Gus also making his debut in British GT, showed a mature drive to keep out of trouble, pushing hard when needed and bringing the car home in fifth, a great effort and some valuable early points for the two British GT Rookies.