Fox Motorsport crossed the channel this weekend to take part in the fifth round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium.
The championship was part of a supporting package to 25 Hours VW Fun Cup and provided the spectators with two action-packed races showcasing the bumper grid of the British series.
Strategy played a crucial role in Fox Motorsport's bid for points after an unsettled qualifying session led drivers Paul McNeilly and Jamie Stanley to qualify their Ginetta G55 GT4 eighth in class for race one and ninth for race two. Opting to come into the pit lane at the end of the outlap to the grid for race one, proved to be the master stroke of genius the team were looking for. They were one of the first teams to come in and line up at the end of the pit lane; jumping the queue.
By the end of the first formation lap, half of the field dived into the pits to take on slick tyres. When the remainder of the field came to the start line, the jumbled start order meant McNeilly was running second in class in the G55 GT4.
McNeilly brought the car into the pit stop in sixth place and Stanley rejoined in the same position. Unfortunately he found himself battling with the set-up issues that plagued the team all weekend and slipping into the clutches of the Twisted Team Parker G55 of Bradley Ellis. Soon after Stanley was in a side-by-side dicing duel with Dan Cammish to the flag where Stanley brought the car home in eighth.
Milton Keynes racer Stanley made a great getaway off the line in race two but contact from the APO Porsche pushed him back to ninth momentarily, before passing the G55 of Century Motorsport for eight position at the end of the Kemel Straight.
Stanley stayed on the tail of the leading pack with the gap down to just five seconds. The race was interrupted by the Safety car after a heavy crash for the GT3 Ginetta of Tom Sharp. Not long after the safety car, the pit lane opened and the team elected to stop one lap before most to try and do something a little different. Though this gamble proved costly as almost limitedly the safety car came back out for another crash involving the #888 GT3 Triple Eight BMW.
McNeilly took the car out in eighth after being held up in the Pits by the rival G55 of Century Motorsport. The Brentwood racer battled on with the car, with its handling less than perfect, and took the flag fifth in class after a tough race.
Jamie Stanley: "That's the hardest eighth and fifth places I've ever had to work for. We just couldn't get the car working this weekend, and it's been hard going but we will bounce back for Brands"
The team will be back racing on British soil at Brands Hatch, Kent on August 30-31.