British GT Championship, Round 6 - 2 hours, Saturday 9 July
Generation AMR Macmillan Racing excited to head to Spa for British GT weekend away...
The sixth race of the season offers the stiffest challenge yet for British GT Championship newcomers Generation AMR Macmillan Racing – the mighty Spa-Francorchamps circuit, in Belgium.
The legendary home of the Belgian Grand Prix will be totally new territory for the team and for drivers Matty Graham and Jack Mitchell but it’s the one race that everyone in the squad - indeed, everyone in the entire paddock - is looking forward to with great excitement.
“It’s been four long weeks since Silverstone,” says Matty Graham, “and I can’t wait to be back out this weekend, especially going to Spa which is a really special track. I think if you ask every driver on the grid they will all say the same, that this is a big one.
“It has so much history to it and is a real driver’s track and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
“It’s one of the great names in motorsport, along with Monaco, Indianapolis and Le Mans” agrees Jack Mitchell, “it’s right up there with the very best.
“Everyone has images in their head of races they’ve seen there, epic overtaking, wheel-to-wheel action… and we’re just hoping to feel some of that magic ourselves!”
As at Silverstone, the British GT field will be joined by the GT4 European Series, ensuring a massive grid of cars. This time, the race will be a more standard two-hour format, although it is being held on Saturday, rather than Sunday, adding a different twist to the weekend timetable.
Spa is the longest track on the calendar, with plenty of elevation changes and lots of high-speed sections, so it should particularly suit the team’s no. 42 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT4.
“The Aston should go well at Spa,” confirms Matty. “It’s got everything you need and it suits the longer straights and fast flowing corners, so I’ve quite a lot of confidence coming into the weekend and seeing if we can get a really strong result.”
“When you think of legendary corners like Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Pouhon and Blanchimont, you get the shivers,” smiles Jack. “Everyone knows the weather can be pretty tricky but after Silverstone, I think we can cope with anything Mother Nature throws at us over the weekend…”
“With a fresh engine in the no. 42 car, and engineer Pete Weston guiding the boys with set-up, I think we should be in a position to show our strength again,” reckons Team Principal David Macmillan. “The track may be new to us all but that goes with the territory, when you’re a brand-new team - every track has been new to us this season!
“We’ve been getting steadily more competitive and I firmly believe that if we have a trouble-free weekend, we can be on the podium again. And at Spa - for a new outfit like ours - that will be as good as a win anywhere else!”