Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stu-Pendous Euro Victory for Middleton; Ashington Driver in Top Gear in Belgium Motorsport

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stu-Pendous Euro Victory for Middleton; Ashington Driver in Top Gear in Belgium Motorsport

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HIGHLY-RATED endurance racing duo Stuart Middleton of Ashington and Will Tregurtha have made an indelible early impression on the GT4 European Series.

In their maiden outing in the championship they claimed an an outstanding victory in race two at Zolder in Belgium.

Starting the event with a hugely competitive showing in qualifying - Middleton securing third on the grid for round one and Milton Keynes driver Tregurtha scorching to a maiden series pole position in the round-two session - in the races they delivered supreme performances.

They celebrated a richly-deserved maiden podium with third in race one - which later became second following a penalty for a rival.

Then in race two the reigning British GT4 champions - both part of the Ginetta Driver Development Programme - secured a dream result with victory for the No.55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55.

Racing against 43 other teams in the hugelypopular championship, with new cars from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the seasonopening performance of the British duo and their trusty HHC-engineered Ginetta was nothing short of exceptional Middleton said: "I was absolutely delighted with how our first weekend in the championship went.

"P2 and then a win from the two races, it was awesome and you cannot ask for much more than that from our first races in Europe and first at Zolder.

"We were racing against very experienced drivers and top teams, so we have to be happy with what we achieved.

"In practice we knew we were strong and so we were confident going into qualifying.

"I was happy with P3 and Will did a fantastic job with pole in his session, the team set the car up amazingly as they always do."

Tregurtha added: "I am really happy, it was a fantastic weekend.

"To take pole in my first qualifying session in Europe was pretty awesome.

"We played it smart with the traffic and looked after the tyres and Stuart did well in his session too with P3.

" To finish on the podium in the first race was fantastic, I really did enjoy it."

Beginning their maiden weekend in the GT4 European Series in impressive style, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Stars were third fastest in the opening practice and in the top three again in session two - a very strong marker ahead of qualifying and the races. …

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