Rookie Chapman scores points
Matt Chapman scored championship points on his British GT debut at Oulton Park, after taking a best finish of ninth place during a rain-affected first contest. Teaming-up with Sam Webster at Autoaid/RCIB Insurance for his rookie year in endurance racing, the Ginetta G55 GT4 driver gained a massive amount of experience. After racing to ninth overall in GT4 and fourth in the Silver class in the rain-hit race one, the duo had to settle for 14th place, sixth in the Silver battle, in race two following a late spin for Webster as he avoided a huge, race-ending collision in the headline GT3 category.
“We were massively thrown in at the deep end this weekend with no pre-season testing, but I was up for the challenge and I’m happy with what we achieved. We were still learning and finding the limits of the car through qualifying and the races, we had a fundamental issue in practice but the team fixed it for qualifying and after that it was all about doing the best we could”, said Chapman, “Sam did a great job in the second race to avoid the GT3 accident, he reacted well and I’m so grateful he brought the car home in one piece – it could have been much different. It was really unfortunate he had the spin as a result, but we’re happy with the weekend overall and looking forward to Rockingham now in a couple of weeks.”
Having only signed a deal to graduate into British GT this year at the eleventh hour prior to last month’s pre-season Media Day, the 17-year-old went into this weekend’s first event of the campaign with precious little time in the car and at the foot of a major learning curve. Even so, Chapman performed admirably throughout qualifying and the two races where, for the first time, he experienced in-race pit-stops, driver changes and, of course, an altogether different format of competition.
Rockingham will host round three of the British GT Championship, which will be Chapman’s first ever two-hour race.