Diego GuggiariScuderia Vittoria left a scorching Silverstone circuit in high spirits after a strong showing from the driver pairing of Ben Constanduros and Diego Guggiari in rounds 17 & 18 of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

Race two saw the ever-enthusiastic Guggiari and Constanduros line up in 10th and 11th position respectively, and both drivers got off the line well as pack of Ginetta’s charged into Copse for the first time.

The opening exchanges of the seven lap race saw Guggiari and Constanduros run inside the top ten in eighth and tenth position respectively, before a charging Guggiari spun at Abbey as he pushed to attack the top six, dropping him down to 14th position in the process.

Running in ninth position, Constanduros set his sights on chasing down Johnson and O’Brien to establish himself further within the top ten as he looked to equal his best ever finish of seventh in the series.

Constanduros, son of legendary Formula One commentator, Bob, and also a World Touring Car Championship commentator himself, pushed Johnson hard, going through Copse nose-to-tail on the sixth lap before eventually overtaking his stubborn championship counterpart followed by O’Brien as the race concluded.

After recovering from his spin in 14th position, Gugguari impressed for the remainder of the race as he worked his way through to complete the race in 11th position.

The final race of the weekend in the Ginetta backed championship proved to be a thrilling encounter for all to view.

Starting from seventh position on the grid, Constanduros determined to end his season on a high, surged off the line well to complete the first lap of the race in third position, hot-on-the-heels of the leaders out front in the opening stages, while Guggiari established himself inside the top ten in ninth position from 11th.

Pushing hard in third, Constanduros remained determined to gain his first podium of the season until he was issued a five second penalty on the sixth lap of the race for exceeding the track limits whilst in contention with the front-runners.

A tireless effort from Guggiari, saw the Uruguayan run as high as eighth position in the proceedings during the eight lap race, but the Irwin Tools backed driver eventually crossed the line in ninth position to deliver his second top ten finish of the weekend.

Remaining at loggerheads with the front six, Contstanduros kept in contention to protect his top six finish from the remainder of his championship counterparts to take the chequered flag in sixth, he would later be promoted to fifth due to the exclusion of Gary Simms.

“For the first time this year I managed to get a relatively good start off the line,” said Constanduros. “Luckily there wasn’t any chaos at Copse and then I managed to take advantage of a four car battle at Stowe to put me into third by the end of the first lap.”

“It was great to get a chance to play with the front-runners, but unfortunately the cooler conditions meant that my tyres weren’t quite at optimum temperature, giving me oversteer issues and later leading to a five second penalty, but I have my best result so it’s a great way to end the season.”

“This year has been very tough, I’ve sat for eight years commentating and judging drivers either at a circuit or on TV, and when you get into the cockpit you realise that there is so much for going on for them. We’ll see what happens for next year now, but Scuderia Vittoria would be a great team to stay with.”

Guggiari added, “I managed to get a good start off the line which was very important for me starting back in 11th position.” Said Guggiari.

“We managed to put ourselves in a great position as I moved into the top ten during the opening stages of the race. Unfortunately towards the closing stages I started to lose power so I had to settle for ninth.”

“Overall, I’m happy with the way that we have progressed this weekend. I think that looking ahead to Donington, we are more than capable of running within the top six all weekend, maybe we can even push for our first podium of the season.”

Scuderia Vittoria will resume action in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge in three weeks time as the championship moves to Donington Park in Leicestershire.

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