Academy Motorsport doubles racing exploits at Spa
cademy Motorsport survived a busy weekend at the infamous Spa Francorchamps circuit this weekend (20th – 22nd July), as both the British GT Championship and GT4 European Series took control of the circuit for the next round of their respective championships.
Spa marked the fifth round of the British GT Championship and the fourth round of the GT4 European Series, with Academy Motorsport continuing their campaign in each.
In a bid to enhance their impressive British GT performance so far, Matt Nicoll-Jones, Will Moore, Tom Wood and Jan Jonck returned to form a two car partnership, at one of motorsport’s most iconic circuits.
After Nicoll-Jones and Moore secured ninth on the grid, and Wood and Jonck claimed 10th place, both Aston Martin Vantage GT4 cars lined up on the 30 car grid for the two hour adventure.
In charge of the opening stint, Moore and Wood navigated their way around the 4.3 mile circuit. With both featuring prominently within the top 10, the pair steered their way towards the one hour mark. With just over one hour to go, drama hit Wood, forcing him to pit earlier than expected. Coerced from ninth place to 13th by way of a puncture, he made his way back to the pit lane, to hand over to Jonck.
With both driver changes completed, Nicoll-Jones and Jonck raced towards the chequered flag, to claim strong sixth and ninth places, respectively.
Following a busy weekend, Team Manager, Matt Nicoll-Jones, said: “It certainly was an eventful weekend for us. It was always going to be hectic with two different championships and three races to complete, but the team did a superb job as ever.
“We were pleased with two more top 10 results in the British GT outing. Will, Tom and Jan drove fantastically well once again. Tom and Jan had two punctures to deal with, but they dealt with it very well.
“Fiona did a brilliant job in the GT4 European Series. It’s a shame race two ended earlier than expected, but we’ll make up for it at the next round.”
The team now have a bit of breathing space before the next round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch during 4th-5th. The penultimate round of the GT4 European Series takes place at the Hungaroring between 1st-2nd September.