Jack Bartholomew Secures Maiden Porsche Sprint Challenge GB Victory at Brands Hatch
Fresh from a debut Sprint Challenge podium finish, former Lamborghini champion Bartholomew was rapid out of the blocks on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as he briefly jumped to the head of the times in Saturday's qualifying sessions. Having been knocked off his perch, one final run came agonisingly close to sealing pole position, the YESSS Electrical and Ecosphere backed Cayman just 0.050 second’s shy.
Bartholomew still took a front row start for the first of Sunday's two races. Conditions would lead to a highly unpredictable contest however, as a sudden downpour caught out several drivers on lap five. Among those was Bartholomew, who lost the back end of his Cayman heading through Hawthorns and he became beached in the gravel resulting in a non-finish.
In the second race of the day later that afternoon, the 22-year-old had to fight from fifth place on the grid, and by the end of the opening lap he was up into third place after dispatching two cars by Hawthorn Bend. His charge continued and soon he was up to second at Paddock Hill Bend on lap two, before twice trading the lead with Theo Edgerton to grab a superb victory - Jacks first in the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB.
Jack Bartholomew “I was extremely disappointed with race one, I just got caught out by the rain shower on the fastest part of the circuit, especially as we were in a solid 2nd place. I was determined to put that right for the final race and I’m really happy to get my maiden win in this series”.
Simon Leonard – Team Boss: “A great end to proceedings for us as a team, and you have to say Jack drove brilliantly all weekend. It was a shame to see him in the gravel in the first race as he would have been on for a double podium, but that charge in the second race was brilliant, as were some of the overtakes he made to get himself there.
The 2021 Porsche Sprint Challenge GB continues in a month's time (26/27 June) as it stays with the British GT Championship package at Silverstone.