MOTORSPORT - Blake Angliss celebrates first British GT podium - The Coventry Observer

MOTORSPORT - Blake Angliss celebrates first British GT podium

Aaron Sutcliffe 29th May, 2024 Updated: 29th May, 2024   0

BLAKE Angliss put in a brilliant performance in treacherous conditions to secure a first-ever podium finish in the British GT Championship at a stormy Donington Park.

Angliss and teammate Alex Walker finished second in the Silver Cup class behind the wheel of their Paddock Motorsport prepared McLaren Artura GT4.

After missing out on a podium place at Silverstone last time out, Angliss overcame the tricky on-track conditions to seal a breakthrough podium in the British GT Championship.

Coventry-based Angliss said: “It’s a really exciting moment to get my first podium finish in the British GT Championship. After the disappointment of missing out at Silverstone this feels even sweeter, especially having achieved it in the most chaotic race I’ve ever been part of.

“We’ve kept making good strides forward with the McLaren and we had great pace in both the dry and wet conditions. That proved to be vey useful in the race as we went from sunshine to monsoon and every level of track conditions inbetween.

“Alex made a great start to get us from sixth into podium contention, and we all felt we could be on for a great result. Fortune was on my side to not have any dramas in the rain on slicks, but the team made a great call to bring me in when they did and we avoided potential disaster at the first corner.

“There was one moment of bad luck as the timing of pitstops meant we ended up a lap down and unable to fight for an overall GT4 podium finish, but ultimately in a race of such chaos, we played our cards to the best of our abilities and we’re delighted with the end result. We’ve shown we can be contenders at the front of GT4 and that’s where we want to stay.”

Angliss and Walker combined in qualifying to secure sixth place on the GT4 grid for the three-hour race which took place in drastically changing weather and track conditions throughout.

Walker made a brilliant start on a wet but drying circuit to move the Artura up to second overall in the GT4 class before handing the car over to Angliss with slick tyres at his disposal.

Just a few laps into his stint, the rain returned with a vengeance, as Angliss showed impressive car control to slide his way back to the pit lane without incident.

The race was red-flagged, with a 50-minute break afforded to allow conditions to improve.

Walker jumped into the car during the latest pit stop and settled into fifth place before progressing back into the top-three around a safety car interlude.

Angliss returned to the wheel with just over an hour left on the clock only to immediately head into a poorly-timed safety car period.

A number of front-runners benefitted by pitting under the yellow flag while the Artura crew lost crucial track position and ended up a lap down on the leading trio.

That left the 21-year-old in prime position to secure second place in the Silver Cup class with slick tyres beneath him and he completed the job in style as he built up a gap of more than 18 seconds to the car behind.

The 2024 British GT Championship season continues next month (June 21 to 23) with Angliss set to compete at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the first time.

Angliss has commercial opportunities available for prospective partners to join him for his British GT campaign this year. Interested parties can get in touch with him via email at: [email protected]

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