Thursday, July 3, 2014
South Norfolk-based GT racer Chris Kemp had a busy weekend at the Brands Hatch Aston Martin Festival.
He competed in three endurance races over the two days in the Vantage Racing 4.7 litre AM Vantage GT4, taking a second place and two class wins.
Kemp and driving partner Tom Black from Hampshire secured second place in Saturday’s headline GT4 Challenge race, qualifying to start on the front row of the grid and finishing just 18 seconds behind winners Liam and Kieran Griffin after 90 minutes and 100 laps of the Indy circuit.
This result confirms Kemp and Black as second place overall in the 2014 GT4 Challenge series so far this season.
Later on Saturday, Kemp competed in the Intermarque Championship race, again on the Indy circuit, which saw a mixed grid of some 30 Astons, Porsches and Ferraris run for an incident-packed 45 minutes.
Kemp led for much of the race following a safety car, but spun at Clearways on the penultimate lap in increasingly slippery conditions, losing several places.
Following a last lap drag race down the pit straight to the chequered flag with Wayne Marrs in a Ferrari 355, Kemp finished fourth overall, just 0.02 seconds off a third place podium, but with first place in the GT4 class.
The race was won by Intermarque regular and previous series winner Chris Scragg in his highly developed Aston Martin V8.
Second place went to Rikki Cann, also in an AM V8.
On Sunday, the Intermarque Championship race was run on the 2.5m Grand Prix circuit, and Kemp again took first in the GT4 class, and fifth place overall.
Scragg was the winner again in the Aston V8, with Leo Voyazides taking second in a Ford Mustang, and Tim Mogridge third in a Ferrari 355.