Monthly Archive May 2018

Pole & Podium results at Thruxton for Alex

Another solid weekend for Alex as the Ginetta GT5 Challenge joined the British Touring Car Thruxton spectacle for the first time of the year!

Qualifying saw Alex storm to his maiden pole position by nearly half the second before returning to the pit lane early to sit and watch his competitors continue to pound round the high speed Thruxton circuit trying unsuccessfully to better his time!

When the opening race got underway Alex maintained the lead until the red flags after an incident down the field. Alex maintained his position after the second restart and at the head of the field began to set the pace but found himself unable to break the tow on the vast straights and high speed sectors of the Thruxton circuit, therefore struggling to get away from the chasing pack.

The pressure from behind would tell on the eighth lap as he slipped back to fourth place but in a four-car fight that would run right through to the finish, he emerged with third place finish. A solid result after such a close and tough race.Image may contain: car and outdoor

Race two in front of a bumper crowd and live TV coverage saw Alex once again challenging at the front of the field, having run in a podium position in the early stages, Alex hit the front on lap eight. He held the lead well on older tyres than his surrounding competitors, however a small error exiting the final corner then allowed the chasing pack to fight back and Alex would end the race just off the podium in fourth spot only 0.8 of a second off the leader in a photo finish between the top 2.

Alex Toth-Jones, #2 Ginetta G40, said:
“It’s been another strong weekend and we’ve put more good points on the board. After the performance at Rockingham last time out, it was important to show that our results there weren’t a one-off and we have shown here that we are genuine contenders.

“I didn’t expect to qualify on pole by such a margin but this is a circuit where it is so difficult to try and win because you have to break the tow if you don’t want to come under attack from behind.
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“To finish third in race one was a good result and whilst I’d have loved to pick up more silverware in race two, it’s the points that will be important as the season goes on and we’ve added some good points to our tally this weekend.”

“Sitting 4th in the championship now is good going into the next few rounds where I feel we have very strong pace and can be quicker than some of my main competitors. It’s also nice to now have a small gap to 5th meaning we have a good buffer to push on and really challenge!”

Big thank you as always to the Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy for all their support and the orange Bert Goose hats! And to Richardson Racing, Lodestone Projects & Proceed Group and of course to my parents couldn’t do it without them.

 

Double Podium for Toth-Jones at Rockingham

Fantastic weekend for Alex at Rockingham as he took his maiden podium in Ginetta GT5 Challenge – Race 1 & repeated it again in Race 2.

Despite losing time to traffic on his best lap in qualifying, Alex qualified fifth on the grid for the opening race in challenging wet conditions.
The wet weather continued into the opening race, but a storming start from Alex saw him jump up to second place when the lights went out.
Breaking away from the chasing pack alongside leader James Kellett, Alex would keep his rival honest throughout before taking the flag in second place for his first podium finish.

Race two in dry conditions on Sunday saw Alex starting on the front row of the grid, he jumped into the lead off the line before Kellett was able to find a way back through. Alex put the leader under ever increasing pressure but yellow flags at the Deene Hairpin – one of the best overtaking opportunities on the circuit – meant he was unable to make a move for the lead. As a result, he once again settled for second place podium finish.
Race three saw Alex jump up to third place from seventh on the reverse grid, but his hopes of a third podium ended by some aggressive driving from his rivals that ultimately resulted in him slipping down to seventh with a damaged car.

Alex said:
“What a weekend! The car has been awesome and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed when we qualified in P5 as without traffic we could have been on the front row of the grid. I made a great start and to run nose-to-tail with Kellett throughout was mega. It was brilliant to get my first podium and even more special when it was at the home circuit for the team.
“Race 2 was great to get into the lead at the start but then I made a small mistake and dropped back to second again. I really think I could have had the win without the yellow flags as I was so much quicker through that part of the circuit, but another podium is good.
“After another mega start in race three, there was a lot of over aggressive driving and defending which meant I got hit a number of times but we picked up more good points in seventh. To jump up to fourth in the standings is great and I’m delighted to have put on a good show in front of my sponsors Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy , Lodestone & Proceed who joined us as VIP guests for the weekend.

It was a mega feeling to stand on the podium and one I could get used to! Thanks again to the team, sponsors and my parents for their support – Bring on Thruxton!”

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