A strong performance at Spa-Francorchamps helped Ecurie Ecosse open up a strong lead in the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship title race after Marco Attard and Alexander Sims scored their second win of the season.
Victory in the second of round five’s two races, as well as fourth place in Saturday’s opening encounter, has helped Attard establish a 23.5 point advantage over #1 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 drivers Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam.
While Attard leads, Sims is now on his own in second place despite missing the previous event due to his Nurburgring 24 Hour commitments.
In qualifying the pair combined to take double pole, making it five in the last eight attempts and no doubt playing a role in the title lead.
Spa’s weather compromised the team’s strategy in race one. With drizzle falling in the pits Attard, like many, opted for wet tyres, before changing to slicks and losing crucial time as the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 started the race from the pits.
Attard gave the team hope of success by moving the BMW to 11th before Sims took over and took the team to fourth at the end of the race.
With weather improved, Sims started the race on pole, but was unable to defend from Wolfgang Reip in the #80 Nissan Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3.
Attard took his chance to overtake for victory when he replaced Sims in the car, moving quickly past Chris Hoy on the restart after a safety car period.
As well as leaving Spa with the championship lead, Attard’s pole position and race one performance proved to be enough to net him the Blancpain Gentleman Driver’s Trophy for the first time.
“I couldn’t have been any happier after qualifying on pole for both races,” said the trophy winner. “However, the manner in which we battled back to finish fourth and then take a well-deserved victory was fantastic. Establishing a healthy championship lead just topped off the weekend perfectly.”