Wood-Scott Racing – 2005 British GT Championship
Round One – Donington Park
Sunny weather at Donington Park saw the racing debut of the brand
new look for the #99, Cambridge Business Travel-backed, Wood-Scott
Racing Porsche 911 GT3, in the first round of the 2005 British GT
Scott and Steve Wood were back for more, together with a bumper
GT3 class grid of 15 cars. The newly re-liveried, but still Eurotech
prepared, #99 looked a real stunner among the legion of Porsches
(and Ferraris) on display.
showed just how closely fought this season is likely to be, with
just three seconds separating the top 13 GT3 starters: the #99 car
would be towards the back of the pack, but with a full two hours
of racing ahead grid position means little.
Sunday’s race, Stuart would start the car - and midway around
the opening lap the CBT boss would encounter a multi car melee,
which included the unfortunate Keith Ahlers Morgan, parked facing
the wrong way in the face on the oncoming pack (the two racing
together later in the race, below).
escaped unscathed and picked up ground and track positions into
so many newcomers to the championships, a waiting game was the wise
option, because a race of attrition seemed likely. After a season
learning the peculiar challenges of finding a race pace in a Porsche
911, Stuart was finding confidence and pace with every lap.
was passed over to Steve Wood in very good order at almost the halfway
mark in the race, and the ex-BTCC campaigner was off and running
immediately. There was immediate disappointment though, as the car
was penalised with a drive-through penalty, after the pit crew mistakenly
changed tyres during the fuelling window - when only fuel and a
replacement driver can be added. 30 seconds or so were lost in a
frustrating grind down the length of the pitlane.
quick lappery straight afterwards found Steve consolidating an already
secure position, picking off cars as several GT2 and GT3 runners
found the going too tough.
was enjoying himself, dicing away but still concentrating on the
task in hand on what was a very busy racetrack, with incident still
was passed by Mike Jordan in the #77 Eurotech GT2 Porsche and he’d
taken a smack up the rear, the bodywork had a big hole punched in
it and I could clearly see a groove gouged into the tyre, almost
down to the canvas, by a bit of bodywork. I got onto the radio and
let the lads know.” That piece of well observed information
might just have saved Jordan from a damaging accident.
still Steve was pounding down the pit straight in pursuit of Steve
Warburton in the #36 Bill Barret Motorsport Porsche when he had
a grandstand seat for Warburtons huge ‘save’ when it
all went terribly wrong:
rear left hand suspension failed when he was at full tilt, he did
fantastically well to gather it all up and pull off.” Bad
news for Warburton, but good news for the #99 squad, another place
the flag, a very solid and trouble free race had scored a valuable
points finish for Stuart and Steve, 16th overall from a 26 car grid
and eighth in what looks like being a hugely competitive GT3 class.
up Croft and the first ever standalone GT3 only race in the Championship.