By Liam Redford 24.04-2018
Matthiesen ready for Rockingham challenge
Patrik Matthiesen will return to action this weekend as the British GT championship moves to Rockingham. The opening round of the season at Oulton Park featured challenging conditions in which Patrik and teammate Callum Pointon collected a pair of points scoring finishes. Rockingham will be the first two-hour race of the season for the HHC Motorsport duo, leading to extra challenges of managing tyre wear over the longer stints for both drivers.
Oulton Park proved to be a rollercoaster weekend for Patrik’s debut in British GT. The team showed great speed in a variety of conditions in free practice and qualifying, before a challenging race one led to a ninth-place finish after starting from pole position. Race two was started under the safety car following torrential rain and was shortly red flagged after just four laps. Initially, the race was abandoned with no points given following such a short spell behind the safety car. However, it was confirmed days after the event that points would be awarded for the race with Patrik and Callum collecting a fourth-place finish following Patrik’s qualifying effort the previous day. This meant that the HHC Motorsport duo currently sit sixth in the GT4 standings and third in the GT4 Silver Cup standings.
This weekend will mark Patrik’s first two-hour race in British GT following a pair of scheduled one-hour races at Oulton Park. This will pose a different challenge with qualifying times of both drivers combined to set the grid, instead of one driver setting a qualifying time for each race.
Although the characteristics of the circuit may not immediately suit the Ginetta, the British manufacture has a solid record at Rockingham, winning just over half the races at the circuit since the GT4 era began.
Rockingham presents the drivers with unique test in comparison to many other circuits which Patrik will be hoping plays to his advantage. Collecting valuable points at a demanding circuit will be the crucial aim, made easier by the fact the team’s results at Oulton Park ensuring they are one of the best placed teams who will not take a pit-stop success penalty. Round three of the British GT championship will take place at 1:10pm on Sunday 29th April, with Patrik aiming for his best result to date.