Look Sharp for 2015
Unable to race in the season finale at Donington Park in the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Tom Sharp reflected on a tough season before turning attention to a 2015 return.
After spending the latter stages of the season testing new options, Sharp and team-mate Colin White ended the season in the #38 MP Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, rather than their #40 IDL CWS Racing G55 Ginetta GT3.
Despite a positive experience in the Aston, Sharp was unable to arrange a similar one-off appearance for the season closer.
“It’s obviously hugely frustrating not to be able to finish my second season in the British GT Championship on track,” reflected Sharp. “We were working on potential drives, but with only two weeks between the last two rounds it was just a too taller mountain to climb and on this occasion I think it was the right decision to regroup for 2015.”
While the 2014 season started in encouraging fashion with a pair of promising top twelve finishes in the season opener at Oulton Park, it proved to be a frustrating year with mechanical failures hampering the duo’s progress.
Despite those troubles, the season saw Sharp continue to show he has the pace and racecraft to be a front-runner in British GT, especially during his encouraging first outing in the Aston Martin at Brands.
“It has been a very difficult 2014 season,” he said. “It’s quite hard to believe that we didn’t score more points when the pace was there to do so regularly in the Ginetta. Unfortunately mechanical failures far too often cost us positive results.”
The switch to the Aston Martin saw Sharp get the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents, with the driver pleased with his performance.
“Driving the Aston Martin at Brands Hatch was the perfect opportunity to see how I could stack up against the big names and to qualify sixth in a car I hadn’t driven before was a great feeling,” said Sharp. “While the race didn’t go our way, in my stint I was one of the quickest cars on track so that’s a real confidence booster for me.”
The drive at Brands Hatch gave Sharp a taste of lies on the British GT grid and he now turns his attention to securing a drive with race winning potential.
“The focus now heading into the winter is on ensuring that if I return to the British GT grid in 2015, it will be with a team, co-driver and car combination that will give me a real chance of challenging for race wins and the championship this time next year.”