Podium finish on British GT return for 2 Seas Motorsport
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for 2 Seas Motorsport on the return to the Intelligent Money British GT championship. The two-car entry looked to be front-runners in both classes and secured a double top-5 result despite being hit with penalties in the opening race, while an action-packed second race saw an overall podium for Silver Am pairing Chris Froggatt and Kevin Tse in the car being run with Sky Tempesta Racing.
James secured the best grid slot of the weekend for the team, setting up race 1 in P3, while teammate Kevin Tse was directly behind him for the start in warm and sunny conditions. A busy opening lap saw the order shuffled, and James led Kevin through to both be running in the podium positions in their respective classes. The race continued at a frantic pace, and Kevin was one of the fastest cars on track, pushing James for position, with both still in sight of the race lead. A heavy impact for one of the leaders promoted both Mercedes-AMG GT3s up the order, and both drivers were running well in the top-3 as the pit window opened.
A split strategy saw James pit first, while Kevin ran longer. The #4 DK Engineering-backed entry, now with Lewis Williamson at the wheel, re-emerged in P2 but a pitstop infringement would ultimately drop him out of the podium spots, despite his best efforts to recover the lost ground. The Sky Tempesta Racing #93 entry ran in the top-10 overall, fighting for a podium finish before a double penalty was received taking the Silver Am pairing out of overall contention. At the line, Lewis had worked his way back up to P5, while Chris narrowly missed out on a podium with P4 in class, P12 overall.
Race 2 started under heavy skies with rain starting to fall as the cars left the grid. Both cars made gains during another chaotic start with Lewis managing to avoid an incident as the field shook out, and Chris gained four positions within the first five minutes. This progress was halted with a first Safety Car interruption of the weekend, but it would not be the last. The extended caution period closed the field back up and, on the restart, both drivers maintained position. Action was halted again within 10 minutes as rain fell heavily and, with field all on slick tyres, multiple incidents brought out the red flag. As Lewis pitted the #4 to make way for James, an engine issue following heavy contact in the opening laps would bring an early end to their weekend.
As the weather improved and with the barriers repaired, Kevin took over the #93 for the final sprint to the line with less than 25 minutes remaining. Running in the class podium positions, but further down the overall field, he worked to progress and keep the pressure on the pack ahead. With success penalties from the opening round to be applied after the race to the race leaders, the battle for the overall podium came alive in the closing laps and Kevin battled hard to push his way forward. Making the most of the slower lapped traffic, the #93 continued to gain ground and, with less than 3 minutes remaining, he secured a further position. At the line, with all penalties applied, the #93 scored the final overall podium position and P2 in the Silver Am class, to successfully conclude the one-off collaboration between Sky Tempesta Racing and 2 Seas Motorsport.
The team now regroups and shifts focus to round 2 of the championship for the headline event of the season, the Silverstone 500. Having taken victory at the event last year, the team is looking to bounce back from this weekend with a strong result.