China GT Ningbo


The Ningbo International Circuit is a relatively new circuit about 2 hours from Shanghai. After some rain on the first day of testing, the rest of the week would be sunny and warm and we worked hard to improve the car over several sessions and through qualifying and the races. I was once again sharing the number 91 car with Betty Chen and we qualified fifth and ninth for the two one hour races.

I started fifth in race one and moved up to third after the first couple of corners. On a very tight narrow circuit it was difficult to overtake so I shadowed Darryl O Young in the Mercedes, passed him on lap 2, then I made a move for the lead on lap 3 and focussed on extending the gap. I pitted with a lead gap of 12 seconds after just over half an hour and handed over to Betty who did a good job holding on to fourth place until an incident at the last corner ended our race on the last lap.

Race two of the weekend was on the Saturday afternoon, again in warm sunny conditions. FIST Team AAI had made some changes to the car overnight to further improve it, so we were looking forward to a strong run. Unfortunately a lap into my stint, a technical issue meant I had to retire the car. Not the weekend we hoped for but looking forward to the next race.