Matt Chapman showed promise in the penultimate round of the British GT4 Championship at the weekend after setting one of the fastest laps of the race.
The Oxford racer set the fifth-fastest lap at Brands Hatch on Sunday on his way to a 14th-place finish with rookie team-mate Chris Milford.
Chapman’s pace saw him end up with a quicker lap than the race-winning Aston Martin, and came despite a steering issue plaguing his Ginetta G55 throughout the event.
An unfortunately timed safety car period during Milford’s stint with the car effectively ended the duo’s hopes for a better finish, but Chapman was able to make up a few places to 14th in the final hour of the race.
He said: “We knew it would be tough this weekend and, unfortunately, we did have an issue with the steering which was throughout testing, qualifying and the race.
“Chris did a good job on his first time in the car and first time on the GP track, it was a big learning experience.
“Unfortunately the safety car caught Chris first and so the others had another lap to go round and join the train behind him. I was happy with my race pace and fifth quickest in GT4 wasn’t bad, even if the end result wasn’t what we wanted.”
The season finale of the British GT season comes at Donington Park in Leicestershire, taking place on September 23 and 24.