Pole position with a qualifying lap record, a spin, bold strategy and a run to an overall podium and class win – Steller Motorsport’s 2022 Silverstone 500 had plenty of storylines.
At the end of the weekend the team emerged well in contention for the overall British GT Championship GT4 title, and in the lead of the Silver Cup standings – though an outstanding National Court decision around the GT3 result at Oulton Park could see some of that change.
The weekend started very well indeed, the #42 Audi R8 LMS GT4 amongst the pace-setters in practice and with Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding would break the GT4 qualifying lap record on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit to claim the team’s second pole position in three starts this season.
Williams would start the three-hour race from pole then, but was soon in trouble, contact from an Aston Martin sending him spinning off track, the penalty to his attacker no real consolation as the team was left to mount a fightback.
That started with the Steller Motorsport team switching to an aggressive strategy designed to provide with drivers with short stints light on fuel and with the best possible grip.
The key then was to be pace, and it came, and kept coming!
Whilst for much of the race the Audi seemed out of touch, in reality the gap was being closed and in the coming stages the fight was on for a podium finish.
Century’s crew also looked set for a comfortable second but were then hit with a 40-second post-race penalty for causing a collision, which dropped them to fifth.
The fight for third on the road but, as it transpired, second in the classification turned out to be a corker that went right to the wire. Steller’s strategy saw Sennan Fielding up into fourth at the clock ticked down, right on the tail of the Valluga Porsche.
After a brief duel, Fielding found a way past into Vale to snatch third overall and second in the Silver Cup order, before being bumped up to second and the class win after a BMW ahead was dealt a 40 second penalty for causing a collision earlier in the race dropping them behind the Steller Audi.
“Well that was exciting! It was quite a big hit at the start of the race but luckily the Audi is a tough car. The team were awesome on the strategy and it as great to be let off the leash to attack the race after that.”
“Another awesome performance from the whole team – Richard was super quick after the spin and the team’s strategy was inspired.
Max Daymond – Technical Director:
“That was a big race for us, we came in strong, took a hit and had enough in the bank on track and in the pits to show that we deserve to be taken very seriously this season.