Former DTM champion Paffett to make sportscar debut in Spa 24 Hours
Former DTM champion Gary Paffett will make his sportscar racing debut in this month’s Total 24 Hours of Spa with Mercedes.
The former Mclaren F1 reserve driver will race alongside Maximilian Gotz and Thomas Jager in a works-backed HTP Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 in the July 30/31 event. The race will mark 2005 DTM winner Paffett’s first competitive outing in a GT machine.
“I’m really looking forward to my GT racing debut, and in such a classic race,” said Paffett.
“The Spa 24-hour race is one of the undisputed highlights in GT racing and a fantastic challenge for every racing driver.
“I’ve already been able to test the Mercedes-amg GT3 and I felt at ease straight away – now I am eager to find out what it will be like in the race.”
IAME Cadet (15 laps) 1 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 2 Joseph Taylor (Synergy) +0.07s; 3 Jonny Wilkinson (Zip); 4 Reggie Duhy (Synergy); 5 Zak O’sullivan (Synergy); 6 Georgi Dimitrov (Synergy). Fastest lap Wilkinson. Pole Thompson.
1 Thompson; 2 Wilkinson +0.14s; 3 O’sullivan; 4 Duhy; 5 Matthew Rees (Zip); 6 Joshua Rattican (Zip). FL Thompson. P Thompson. Honda Cadet (14 laps) 1 Oliver Bearman (Project One); 2 Luke Preston (Project One) +0.12s; 3 Sam Heading (Project One); 4 Harry Thompson (Synergy); 5 Caden Mcqueen (Zip); 6 Lucas Ellingham (Zip). FL Astin Wigley. P Thompson.
1 Bearman; 2 Thompson +0.14s; 3 Mcqueen; 4 Coskun Irfan (Zip); 5 Ellingham; 6 Ben Kasperczak (BRK). FL Ellingham. P Bearman. Mini Max (17 laps) 1 Jonny Edgar (Tony Kart); 2 Klaas Kooiker (Tony Kart) +1.66s;
Final 2 2 Final
3 Jenson Butterfield (Tony Kart); 4 Tom Canning (Kosmic); 5 Clayton Ravenscroft (Tony Kart); 6 Lorcan Hanafin (Tony Kart). FL Canning. P Edgar. 1 Edgar; 2 Kooiker +0.14s; 3 Canning; 4 Butterfield; 5 Ravenscroft; 6 Dexter Patterson (Kosmic). FL Canning. P Edgar. Junior Max (17 laps) 1 Joe Turney (Kosmic); 2 William Pettitt (Tony Kart) +6.46s; 3 Johnathan Hoggard (Kosmic); 4 Mark Kimber (Tony Kart); 5 Tommy Foster (Tony Kart); 6 Thomas Turner (Tony Kart). FL Rory Hudson (Tony Kart). Pole Hudson.
1 Turney; 2 Hoggard +4.13s; 3 Tyler Chesterton (Tony Kart); 4 Pettitt; 5 Foster; 6 Kimber. FL Hudson. P Turney. Rotax Max (17 laps) 1 Josh White (Tony Kart); 2 Josh Skelton (Tony Kart) +1.27s; 3 Harrison Thomas (Kosmic); 4 Nathan Chafer (LH); 5 Jack Mccarthy (Tony Kart); 6 Tom Croyden (Tony Kart). FL White. P White. Final 2 1 White; 2 Skelton +0.88s;
Final 2 Final 2
3 James Johnson (Tony Kart); 4 Charlie Turner (Tony Kart); 5 Thomas; 6 Morgan Rose (Tony Kart). FL White. P White. Junior X30 (17 laps) 1 Angus Fender (Gold); 2 Gordon Mutch (Mad Croc) +0.10s; 3 Teddy Pritchard-williams (Mad Croc); 4 Oliver Greetham (Alonso); 5 Ethan Pitt (Mach 1); 6 Jake Douglas (Alonso). FL Greetham. P Fender. 1 Fender; 2 Mutch +0.33s; 3 Shane White (Tony Kart); 4 Pitt; 5 Ethan Rees (Tony Kart); 6 Oliver Clarke (Tony Kart). FL Mutch. P Fender. Senior X30 (17 laps) 1 Brett Ward (Mach 1); 2 Matthew Hirst (Kosmic) +1.96s; 3 Josh Collings (Alonso); 4 Roy Johnson (Alonso); 5 Matt Davies (Tony Kart); 6 Jack Partridge (Gold). FL Ward. P Hirst. Final 2 1 Ward; 2 Collings +4.33s; 3 Scott Mackrell (Tony Kart); 4 Johnson; 5 Partridge; 6 Davey Shepherd (Mach 1). FL Euan Wilson (Alonso). P Ward.