Donington Park is the venue for the last race weekend of the 2016 British GT season and the Midlands circuit closes out the first racing season for Macmillan Racing.
From a standing start, this spring, Generation AMR Macmillan Racing has become a regular contender for victory in the closely-fought GT4 category.
The team - which is entirely new to motorsport - and drivers Matty Graham and Jack Mitchell (both in their debut season of GT racing) have posted podium finishes on a number of occasions, as they battled more experienced teams and drivers in the most populous class in the Championship.
At Silverstone and Spa, the GT4 field was swollen to barely credible numbers, as the GT4 European Series joined the British GT regulars, so both team and drivers have been able to measure themselves against some of the very best in Europe, in equal equipment.
A podium, on their first-ever race at the awesome Spa-Francorchamps, speaks volumes about the abilities of Macmillan Racing’s engineers, technicians and driving line-up.
The Donington weekend will see focus drawn to the Championship battles – with both GT3 and GT4 titles up for grabs. Free from the constraints of fighting for points, the crew are going all-out to claim victory, intent on ending their maiden season in style.
“Donington has been a very good track for me, over the past few years,” reckons Jack Mitchell, “it’s where I claimed my first podiums in both Ginetta Juniors and Clio Cup, so I can’t wait to get back there.”
“Unlike most of the tracks we’ve raced at,” agreed Matty Graham, “We’ve tested at Donington, so we have a feel for how the car performs there. Of course that was before the season started and we’ve all learned so much since then. We’ve been getting faster and faster all year.”
Both drivers are focusing on trying for that first British GT race win, after a season that has so far rewarded their efforts with a pair of 3rd places and a 2nd.
“We’ve been mixing it at the front, right from the start of the season,” says Matty. “It’s been a strong season and hopefully we’ll end it strongly at Donington Park. I’d love to complete the collection – we need a win now…”
Jack concurs. “That’s the aim for the weekend; to finish on a high and go for the win. As always, it will be hard but I feel Matty and I are in a really good place, going into the weekend. Since the last round, I’ve been constantly training and doing sim work – I’ve never been more ready!”
The action at Donington Park starts on Saturday, 10th September, with Free Practice in the morning and Qualifying from 4.15pm.
The British GT season finale is on Sunday 11th September, with cars taking the rolling start at 1pm, for the 2-hour race.
British GT Championship, Round 9 - 2 hours, Sunday 11 September
Generation AMR Macmillan Racing is looking to round out maiden British GT season on a high, at the Donington Park finale...