GT Cup 2021
For racing, as for the cloud, performance matters; and a few second faster will make a difference between win and lose.
Team Greystone GT and Oracle MySQL Database Service with HeatWave score maiden race win with Mason and Lancaster in GT Cup
Greystone GT became race winners for the first time as Rich Mason and Jon Lancaster scored an extraordinary GT Cup victory on a chaotic weekend at Silverstone.
It was an inspired strategy call that put the #22 McLaren 570S GT4 into prime position in the GTH category - the most hotly-contested class in GT Cup - in Saturday afternoon's Endurance Race.
An on-track incident brought out the safety car close to half-distance, and I was still on-track when the mandatory pit window - in which all cars must spend at least 70 seconds stationary and driver changes are allowed - opened on the 28-minute mark.
While most of the field had passed the pit entry for the 11th time when the window opened, several cars running lower down - such as Rich's McLaren - were able to come in, swap drivers and rejoin the action while their rivals an at slow speed.
When green-flag racing resumed next time around and the majority of the field pitted, twas Leeds racer Jon - now having relieved Harrogate-based Rich - who led.
The former European Le Mans Series champion clung on to that advantage too, winning by 0.032 seconds for a memorable first success for Greystone GT.
It was a magnificent result for Rich, who was competing in only his third racing event, and for Siverstone-based Greystone GT with MySQL Database Service and HeatWave, whose race team was established less than a year ago and has taken on the challenge of GTH with three rookie competitors.
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