2021 Season…

2021 Season…

2021 Season…

Be a winner in 2021 with Multi British Champion James ‘Jiggy’ Gornall!

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​James: “2020 has been a strange year!

​James: “2020 has been a strange year!

​James: “2020 has been a strange year!

​James: “2020 has been a strange year! I finally managed to break into the BTCC, with highs including winning the Jack Sears Trophy at Brands Hatch, and some serious lows of watching the cars race from the side-lines after back luck with mechanical issues. Unfortunately, I will not be competing in the remaining BTCC races this year. The Pandemic, and resulting restrictions have hit our budget hard and we need to step away, regroup, and come back for 2021 stronger. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this year a reality. Particularly to my sponsors, team, supporters and to my long-suffering family who have been behind me all the way. We will be working hard with my partners over the Winter, and looking to build new relationships that can benefit from the awesome platform that is the BTCC. Don’t count me out just yet, I’ll be back!”

Driver Standings:
https://www.btcc.net/standings/drivers/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy:
Jakob Ebrey

BTCC: Rd.6, Silverstone (26/27 September)

BTCC: Rd.6, Silverstone (26/27 September)

BTCC: Rd.6, Silverstone (26/27 September)

Free practice had shown the potential of the team’s Audi S3 after a storming lap from Jiggy saw him put the #180 car into ninth spot – ahead of defending champion Colin Turkington – in the second session, leaving the team confident going into qualifying.  Unfortunately, the session would prove to be frustrating as James would fail to set a time after being hit by the Mercedes of Jack Butel on the Wellington Straight just minutes after the green flag had flown. That meant a busy evening for the team to repair extensive damage to the front right of the Audi, and left James to start the opening race from the back of the field.

With the James’ car having been fully repaired ahead of race day, he took his place at the back of the field and a strong opening lap saw him jump up immediately into 22nd place. Having overtaken his team mate on lap two, Jiggy was dicing for position with Michael Crees before contact between the pair going into Becketts saw him slip back down the order to 25th. He would manage to make up three places after the restart to cross the line in 22nd.

The second race of the weekend saw James moving towards the points after a strong start saw him climb up to 17th by the end of the lap two, but he was then swallowed up by the cars behind when he was forced to back off after Tom Oliphant’s BMW had a moment ahead on lap six. That dropped him down to 20th, but he would recover to 16th by the finish despite struggling for front end grip, missing out on the points by just three tenths of a second.

The final race would be a chaotic affair that was red-flagged after five laps following a huge incident for the Ford of Rory Butcher on the run to Becketts, which saw his car roll after contact with the barriers before coming to rest on the circuit in front of the field. James were able to take evasive action to avoid the stricken car. The action resumed as a 12 lap sprint. Unfortunately for James, his weekend would end in disappointing fashion when an engine issue forced him to retire the sister car on the fourth lap, preventing him from fighting for points.

The team now heads for Croft in North Yorkshire for the seventh meeting of the season in two weeks time.

James Gornall, #180 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:

“We were running old tyres in FP2 so when I saw we were right up there, it left me feeling confident for qualifying as we had a chance to be right in the mix. Looking at how the session panned out, we certainly could have been in the top ten but instead, a ridiculous incident that shouldn’t have happened put us on the back foot. I wasn’t able to make the progress I was hoping for in race one as I got a hit from Crees when I was making a move on him, and that cost me time and also ruined the tyres. In race two, I nearly got into the points but I was struggling with the front end after the opening few laps and didn’t quite have the performance. In race three, I was coming through Luffield and the engine dropped onto three cylinders so I just brought it straight in and had to retire. It’s frustrating because this is a weekend where we could have picked up some solid results and instead, we’ve come away empty-handed.”

Driver Standings:
https://www.btcc.net/standings/drivers/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy:
Jakob Ebrey

Next BTCC meeting:
Croft, 10/11 October

BTCC: Rd.5, Thruxton (19/20 September)

BTCC: Rd.5, Thruxton (19/20 September)

BTCC: Rd.5, Thruxton (19/20 September)

James Gornall, #180 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:

“I’ve not been to Thruxton for twelve years, so it’s been a while since my last outing! It’s a very different circuit to anywhere else but I don’t think it’ll take me more than a couple of laps to get back up to speed as it’s not somewhere that has changed a lot since my British GT days. Thruxton is a track where you have hang it all out and I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead. The team has been working hard on the cars and hopefully we can reap the rewards of their efforts. Our focus has to be on maximising our performance on race day and the aim is to try and bring home points in all three races.”

The GKR TradePriceCars.com team was able to secure a points finish at the end of a battling day on track as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season resumed at Thruxton. The award-winning, Essex-based motor dealership headed to the fastest circuit on the calendar looking to bounce back to form after a tough weekend at Knockhill last month where both were unable to score. The pair worked hard through the two free practice sessions to dial in the Audi to the high-speed Hampshire circuit, with the pair then setting their quickest times in the half hour long qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. James would be the quicker of the pair by just 0.075s having gone six tenths of a second faster than in practice.

James would drop back to 20th in race one, as the field battled through the opening complex but recovered back up to his starting position by the mid-way stage of the race. Although not entirely comfortable with the balance of the car, James fought hard to gap the cars behind and would retain his position through to the finish.

He headed into race two seeking to move forwards toward the points, and found himself running just outside the top 20 through the early stages but was struggling for rear end grip around the fastest circuit on the calendar. Exiting the final chicane on the tenth lap, the gearbox on the Audi let go and forced James to retire, with it then becoming apparent that the lack of grip had been caused by oil leaking onto the rear wheels. Unfortunately, the short time between races meant that the team was unable to replace the gearbox on James’ car in time for race three.

James Gornall, #180 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:

“Sadly it’s been another frustrating weekend for me and things didn’t go my way. Having not been to Thruxton for twelve years, I hit every target I set myself on Saturday in getting up to speed, but others found more time than we did which meant we weren’t quite as high up the grid as I hoped to be. I struggled with the balance of the car in the opening race and then in race two the rear end was really loose and I was unsure why. It was only when the gearbox let go and I had to stop that I saw the oil on the rear tyres and it all became clear. It’s a shame that I then couldn’t start race three, so this is a weekend to put behind us and look forward to Silverstone.”

Driver Standings:
https://www.btcc.net/standings/drivers/

Images & Videos by kind courtesy:
Jakob Ebrey

Next BTCC meeting:
Silverstone National, 26/27 September