Elite Motorsport Extends Ginetta GT4 Supercup Series Lead

Ginetta GT4 Supercup
Brands Hatch Indy
July 2, 2021

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Elite Motorsport heads to the next rounds of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Championship later this month having doubled its Teams points advantage when its drivers Adam Smalley, Tom Emson and Josh Rattican scored seven top-six finishes – including one win – at Brands Hatch (26-27 Jun).

In the Pro Drivers championship, Smalley now leads with Emson and Rattican placed third and fourth respectively.  

Smalley, who scored two lights-to-flag race wins at the opening Snetterton event, started Race 1 third but came home second having pressed race winner Carlito Miracco after the Safety Car all the way to the chequered flag, denied victory by a 0.415secs earning him back the championship lead. Adam, who snatched the lead of Race 2 on the first lap around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend – winning by almost four seconds – followed that up with fifth place on older tyres in Race 3 around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit.

Emson began Race 1 from a best-of-the season fifth on the 19-car grid, dicing for third prior to a Safety Car period, his persistence paying off, as he snatched third with two laps remaining. Tom ran third early in Race 2 before claiming a career-best second place and backed his good form up with fourth place in Race 3.

Rattican began Race 1 second in the standings and stormed to a front row start – his best qualifying performance and just 0.080secs off “pole”. But the Ginetta Junior graduate suffered a clutch issue at the green light, completing lap one sixth, prior to him being involved in a multi-car incident at Graham Hill Bend on the fifth lap prompting a SC, Rattican heading for the pits and repairs.

In Race 2, Josh recovered from a 15th place grid slot, which included a grid penalty, to 10th with just four laps completed, impressively going on to claim fifth at the flag on Saturday afternoon. He started Sunday’s Race 3 from “pole” but again, as in the previous two races, a clutch problem hampered his getaway and slipped to an eventual eighth place finish. The next rounds of the GT4 SuperCup are staged at Oulton Park 31 July-1 August.

Eddie Ives, Team Owner & Manager:

“I’m delighted to have extended our points advantage while at the same time very happy to have three Elite drivers in the top-four of the Drivers’ championship. 
I think Tom had the best weekend of his career with some phenomenal displays. 

Adam did the job he was required to do all weekend and it was a shame that Josh had some clutch issues as his pace in qualifying was awesome. 
We’ve got some work to do in the workshop but look forward to Oulton Park at the end of July.”