Archie Hamilton had his best weekend of the season so far with pole position, a class win and two podium appearances in the GT Open Championship event at the Monza track near Milan in Italy.
The Basingstoke driver was the only driver in his qualifying session to set a time below 1:48” in the SRT Selleslagh Racing Team by Barzani Corvette GT2 he shares with Isaac Tutumlu.
Archie then went on to drive a fantastic race, capitalising on his pole slot. He led the pack away from the start but was immediately under intense pressure from Maxime Soulet, also in a Corvette. Lap after lap Archie drove perfectly, keeping his cool and staying on the driving line to defend his lead despite Maxime’s constant attempts to pass. Twenty minutes into his stint a small error was all Archie’s rival needed to pass, with Archie then handing over to Isaac at the 70 minute race mid-point. Isaac continued to make inroads into the gap to the front and crossed the line first in Super GT, second overall behind the Mavlanov/Zampieri Ferrari, less than half a second behind on track.
Race two saw Isaac take the start from second, a position he held to the pit-stops. Archie took over with 25 minutes of the 50 minute race remaining, and rejoined in seventh due to the additional success penalty time in the pits. Archie worked wonders toregain lost ground, lapping a whole second per lap faster than the leaders, picking off the opposition with Maleev’s Ferrari his final gain to take third place.
Archie moved up to sixth place in the driver standings in the Super GT class.
Archie next races in the final round of the International GT Open Championship at Barcelona on 1st & 2nd November.
“That was another great weekend. Soulet gave me a big challenge yesterday and defending position against such an experienced professional driver for over 20 minutes was unbelievably difficult but very good experience. Today’s race was amazing. It was the drive of my life. I made some of the best moves I’ve ever done and was quickest on track to get where I needed to be.
“Consistency is key so it’s fantastic to have set pole position for the second event in a row and two podium finishes prove that we have what it takes. It’s great driving with Isaac. We are well matched and the team have given us a great car to get our job done. We just have one round left to do our best to get some more wins to add to our championship points.”