Ollie Basey-Fisher is targeting a top three series finish with just two meetings of the 2013 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge remaining.
During the fifth event of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium just over a week ago, the Great Finborough teenager took the eighth and ninth podiums of his maiden season in the one-off GT5 Challenge to claim the Vice-Champion’s title and move into fourth place in the driver standings.
So impressive was his overall performance across the weekend on his Spa debut, during which competitors from the Swedish Ginetta GT5 series raced alongside their British championship counterparts, Basey-Fisher claimed the runner-up spot in the inaugural European Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to have become European Vice-Champion”, reflected the Suffolk racer.
“It was an amazing weekend at Spa, the Academy Motorsport guys did a great job with the car and to have taken two podiums on my first ever visit was as much as we could have hoped for.
“It really has given me a major boost for the last two events of the year now at Brands Hatch and Donington.”
Qualifying on the second row of the grid for race one at Spa, round 13 of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Basey-Fisher launched away well and during a relatively straightforward encounter he was able to climb through from fourth into second place.
Taking third on the first lap, the Suffolk One College student then passed points leader Brad Bailey on the third tour for second place.
Beginning round 14 from an improved third on the grid, Basey-Fisher unfortunately slipped to seventh position on the opening lap but mounted a tremendous recovery drive to claw his way back through into the podium placings, just shading Bailey for second position by 0.3 seconds at the flag.
During the final outing, the Century Logistics-backed youngster posted a highly competitive fourth place result despite an engine problem which did hamper his charge.
Running in second spot early on, Basey-Fisher was elbowed back to fourth by lap four due to the power issues but still managed to remain within 0.9 seconds of a podium hat-trick to cap a superb weekend.
“It would have obviously been fantastic to make it three podiums from three races at Spa, without the engine issues we’d have done it,” he added.
“It was really important to take away as many points as we could though, we’re now within six points of the championship top three so it’s all to play for with six races still to go in the season.
“It’s been a great year so far, I can’t wait now for Brands.”
n Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent will host rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge on August 10-11, with the championship finale, on October 5-6, taking place at Donington Park, in Leicestershire.
n Matt Parry will be looking to build on four consecutive victories in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup series in Belgium this weekend.
The Bury St Edmunds teenager – who is part of Caterham’s driver development programme – is storming clear at the top of the standings after dominating weekends at the Nurburgring and Silverstone.
He will be hoping for more glory at Spa-Francorchamps with his Fortec Motorsport team.
Meanwhile, Josh Webster flies to Hungary for the next round of the GP3 Series.
The Status GP driver is yet to score a point in the international series, which is two rungs below Formula One.