18. sept.-2018 by Liam Redford
Matthiesen set for Donington Park showdown
Patrik Matthiesen is ready to fight for the British GT title in the final round at Donington Park this weekend. The young Danish driver has enjoyed a successful debut season in the championship alongside Callum Pointon, taking one victory and scoring points in every round contested to date. This has resulted in the pair sitting third in the drivers standings, 13.5 points adrift of Jack Mitchell, with fellow BMW drivers Ben Tuck and Ben Green just 3.5 points ahead of Patrik and Callum.
Donington Park will host this weekend’s event, the traditional year-ending circuit with the drivers competing on the Grand Prix layout. This variation of the track features a good mix of high and low speed corners, with tyre wear also a factor due to the race being two hours in length. Although a Ginetta hasn’t claimed overall GT4 honours at Donington since 2014, Patrik and Callum will be aiming to change that with no extra pit stop success penalties to serve. The same will apply to Jack Mitchell after his seventh-place finish at Brands Hatch, however Ben Tuck and Ben Green will serve an additional 15 seconds in the pits which could be crucial to the championship picture. With the margins between the drivers so small at this stage of the season, the timing of safety cars could play a vital role in the outcome of the title race as has been the case in prior races this season.
Both Patrik and Callum have enjoyed positive experiences of Donington in the past, with Patrik having only raced competitively on the National layout previously. In his debut race at the circuit, Matthiesen claimed a fastest lap in the Ginetta Junior Championship, before taking his first ever point in British F4 a year later. Meanwhile, Callum claimed his first ever Ginetta GT4 Supercup victory at Donington last year, showing the circuit holds fond memories for both drivers. They will be aiming to draw upon these experiences to claim their second victory of the season which would give them an excellent chance of claiming the title.
Sitting third in the championship, the pressure is off the HHC Motorsport pair heading into the weekend where they will be aiming to claim back-to-back GT4 titles for the team. With the deficit to Jack Mitchell at the top of the standings 13.5 points, this means a victory at Donington may not be enough for Patrik and Callum to claim the title. However, it would be sufficient if Mitchell finishes third or lower, as would a second-place result at Donington if Mitchell finishes sixth or lower providing Ben Tuck and Ben Green fail to claim victory. With two hours of racing remaining in the 2018 British GT season, the Donington Decider is sure to provide a thrilling conclusion to Patrik’s debut in the series.