Double Class Podium in First Blancpain Sprint Round

At Jack Manchester and Nico Bastian’s first race weekend of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Silver Cup, and Jack’s first time racing in Blancpain GT, the team came away with a fantastic double class podium. Jack and Nico qualified seventh for the first race, and twentieth for the second.

Nico took the start for the first race of the season, getting the car in a great position in class when Jack climbed into the cockpit. Jack fought hard in his first Blancpain GT race, holding his own as he battled with others on track to achieve his first class podium with second place.

Jack started the second race in the car. Off the line, he made some brilliant gains in the first lap, taking advantage of an incident ahead to move three places up the field. His 35-minute stint saw him drive competitively, holding third in class strongly before handing the car over to Nico to end the race.

Another clean race saw the duo take their second podium of the weekend, with a third-place finish behind sister AKKA ASP Team car, SMP Racing, and class winners #3 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.

The pair also managed to finish in the top ten for the overall classification, showcasing their intent for the season ahead.

However, after a post-race penalty for the #25 Sainteloc Racing, they were promoted to ninth, giving the team an excellent end to the weekend.

Jack Manchester said: “Getting two class podiums is a good start to the season. I’ve learnt a lot, Blancpain GT has a big learning curve but I’m learning fast. We’re happy with our performance this weekend. It was tough, but we’re really happy with the results. Thanks Nico [Bastian] and AKKA ASP Team for all their hard work.  We deserve this, it’s a good reward for all our hard work and a great way to start the season.”

Next race, Jack and Nico will be joined by reigning Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Champion Jules Szymkowiak as they head out to Autodromo di Monza for the first Endurance round of the season. This is the first year there has been a Silver Cup in Blancpain GT, and Team Thunderhead are looking to make as strong of an impression on the field as they did in Zolder.

Championship Standings
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Silver Cup - 2nd (21.5 points)
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Overall Cup - 11th (1 point)

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