Diego GuggiariScuderia Vittoria’s Ben Constanduros and Diego Guggiari took positive strides forward in their TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge campaigns this weekend (4/5 August), at Norfolk’s renowned 2.969 mile Snetterton 300 circuit.

The pairing, both in their first season of racing in the series that supports the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, started the weekend well, immediately at home with the G40 machinery on their first attempt at the technical 300 layout.

Qualifying for the weekend’s two races saw WTCC commentator, Ben Constanduros, edge into the top ten on his return to action after missing the Cadwell Park meeting due to commentary commitments in Curitiba, whilst despite suffering a clutch issue for the majority of the session, Guggiari was able to bank one fast lap of 2 minutes 13.969 seconds to complete the session in 13th position. Second fastest times from the session would see Constanduros and Guggiari line up in 12th and 20th respectively.

With monsoon rain over the circuit, the TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge got underway in wet conditions. Constanduros immediately placed himself on the attack as the lights went out, and having overtaken three cars into the first corner and a fourth at the hairpin, Constanduros would complete the first lap in sixth position with Guggiari in ninth after a good opening lap also.

As the race progressed, Constanduros soon came under increased pressure from Rick Parfitt Jnr, and despite showing real determination to defend the position to seal his best finish in the championship to date, Parfitt would edge his way past followed by the recovering G40′s of Lee Mowle and David Barker, leaving Constanduros to settle for ninth at the chequered flag.

Despite making a solid start to the 20 minute race, Uruguayan Guggiari was left unable to halt the charge of Brad Bailey, and would complete the first race of the weekend in 11th position as the track started to dry out, affecting the set -up of the car.

Race two would see the pack of Ginetta’s take to the track in dry conditions, and as the lights went out it was Guggiari who shone on the opening lap, working his way through the field from 20th position to complete the first lap in tenth, meanwhile Constanduros weary of the incoming cloud approaching the circuit, fought his way up to a creditable fifth.

The Scuderia Vittoria challengers remained on the move but as the race went on Constanduros soon found himself in a tussle with Rick Parfitt Jnr for sixth position, causing the renowned commentator to miss his braking point at Riches, leaving him wide on the grass and only able to recover to eighth position by the finish line.

After displaying the outright pace that he possessed at Snetterton over the course of the weekend, Guggiari brought home his Ginetta in tenth position to seal another top ten placing to add to his recent collection.

“This weekend has definitely been a very positive one, it’s been my strongest weekend to date in the series,” said Constanduros. “Scuderia Vittoria have had the car running very well and we have dealt with the tricky conditions out there very well together.”

“We share a very common goal of moving forward and I’m really looking forward to moving on to Silverstone now as it is a track that I know very well, I think that the results will be very strong.”

Guggiari remained pleased with the way that his weekend had gone despite being unable to show his pace in Free Practice during qualifying.

“Our pace was very strong in testing on Friday which was very encouraging,” explained Guggiari. “It was great to be back racing with Scuderia Vittoria this weekend but unfortunately the rest of the weekend didn’t go quite to plan. I am however looking forward to heading to Silverstone where I believe that I can really push for some top six finishes.”

The TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge will now move to Silverstone for more bumper-to-bumper action in five weeks time on 8/9 September.

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