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Jan Jønck again close to a big result in GT4

Jan Jønck again close to the GT4 podium in the British GT Championship.
Date: 11-06-2017 By: JanJonck Presse

Jan and teammate William Phillips was leading almost half the biggest race of the year, the three-hour Silverstone 500, until a power steering failure put an end to that. But they finish just outside the podium in 4th place.

Starting third in the huge GT4 field, Jans teammate Will Phillips moved quickly into second, as the class pole-sitter pulled off and then wasted no time in pouncing, to grab first place. Once in front, Will got his head down and set about building an advantage at the head of the pack, handing over the lead to Jan at the first stop.

The Dane initially maintained the advantage, despite signs that all was not well with the car. The power steering was starting to fail, making the No. 42 Aston Martin not just more physically-demanding to drive but also harder to place accurately on Silverstone’s high-speed sweeps.

The power-steering was also spraying fluid onto the windscreen, which meant that for a while Jan could hardly see. He managed to stay just ahead of a tight pack of pursuers, before being eased off track and out of the lead, slipping down the order to 4th position, ahead of the next driver change.

Throughout the remainder of the race, both Jan and teammate Will kept up the pressure on their rivals, moving back into a podium spot before the power-steering finally gave up the ghost and they finished exhausted but happy with a 4th-placed finish in GT4, second in the Silver-driver class and another healthy points score.

Will Phillips: “It’s a shame that Jan got knocked off, otherwise I think we’d definitely have had a podium, despite our problem. It was a great race, the team is working really well together, Jan and I have got great pace in the car, so I’m really looking forward to the next race, at Spa.”

Jan Jønck: “It was a really fun race. I liked the longevity of it - you really have to think so much about what you’re doing out on track. Of course, it was a shame to miss out on a podium but - with our steering problem - it’s a great result.”

David Macmillan, Team Principal: “Silverstone is perhaps the biggest challenge of the season, putting more strain on cars, drivers and team personnel than anywhere else.

“I’m thrilled that both the GT3 and GT4 teams performed flawlessly. All four drivers showed great pace and, if the GT4 car hadn’t had the power-steering failure, we’d be celebrating podium finishes for both crews.

“We took on a big challenge for our second season as a team, doubling our efforts with the GT3 car as well as the GT4 but we are continually proving that we have what it takes. To finish second overall in the Silverstone 500 and a whisker off the GT4 podium, against teams that are racing in only one class, shows that Macmillan Racing are contenders every time we take to the track. The whole team can be justifiably proud of their achievements so far. I can’t wait for Spa…”


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