· Matt & Rob Bell race same car for first time to a one-lap G4 class victory
· United Autosports claims maiden BGT win with Ginetta G50 in two-hour race
Matt (left) and Rob Bell earned United Autosports the G4 class British GT Championship winner’s spoils at Silverstone
Rob and Matt Bell joined forces for the first time and duly claimed a class victory in a two-hour, two-driver Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Silverstone today (August 15).
The Bells, who were born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, scored a comfortable one-lap G4 category win in the 120mins race which marked not only their respective débuts in the British GT series but also the first time either had raced a G4 class Ginetta G50 entered and prepared by Leeds-based United Autosports.
Rob set his fastest time on the third lap in the 30-minute qualifying session the previous day just before rain fell in earnest which meant the Bells lined-up on the 11th row, fifth fastest in class on the 25-car grid. Significantly, the United Autosports Ginetta posted the second fastest time in class in the raceday “warm-up”, Rob exactly matching his qualifying time.
Matt began the two-hour race staged on the 3.195-mile “Bridge” Grand Prix circuit and was up to third in class after 30mins and led on the one hour mark. He handed over to Rob on lap 32 placed second in class (seventh overall) during the pit-stop phase – the United Autosports Ginetta handicapped by a 45secs time penalty due to two-time GT Le Mans Series champion Rob Bell being graded a “platinum” class driver by race organisers.
The Bell United Autosports Ginetta G50 swept in to the lead on the final lap when the similar Century Motorsports car pitted to serve a penalty following an earlier pit-stop infringement. Making it a perfectly memorable day for the Bell family, Steve, the father of Rob and Matt, finished 20th in two Ginetta Challenge races over the weekend at the same venue.