It was a challenging weekend for Aston Martin Racing Academy driver Patrick Kibble in the second round of competition in the British GT Championship at Snetterton, Norfolk.
Building on a strong start to the season, Patrick and TF Sport team-mate Josh Price qualified inside the top-10 in the GT4S class for both races around the 2.97-mile Snetterton 300 circuit - with a front row start for race one and a P8 for race two.
In race one, Josh was first to head out in their Aston Martin GT4. After a good start, the #95 car was hit by a competitor which dropped them to the back of the pack. From there, it was damage limitation as Patrick was tasked with nursing the car home. The task was handled well, and Patrick crossed the line in seventh in the GT4 Silver class.
In race two Patrick - who is the youngest driver in the field - started for the duo. After another challenging race, Josh drove the car across the finish line to take eighth position in class.
With a tough chapter in the 2019 season books complete, Patrick is looking forward to one of the highlights on the British GT calendar - the Silverstone 500.
“It was a tricky weekend for various reasons,” Patrick said. “It is disappointing after we showed promise in the practice sessions and qualifying, but the important thing now is to bounce back for Silverstone.
“We’ll put this result behind us and focus on one of the best events on the calendar, where we will hopefully be able to put in a performance similar to the opening round, which we know we are definitely capable of.”
The first endurance race of the season will take place at the home of British motorsport at Silverstone on June 8/9.