A strong debut for Optimum Motorsport in GT World Series Europe
Optimum Motorsport today completed another milestone in its racing history, taking the chequered flag in the team’s first race in the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, whilst securing a hard-earned points finish with a superb eighth place overall.
The opening round of the delayed 2020 season took place at Imola, Italy with the team fielding the Y.CO branded McLaren 720S in the Pro-class for reigning British GT Silver Cup champion Ollie Wilkinson, 2019 China GT title winner Joe Osborne and 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series victor Rob Bell.
With such a strong line-up, Optimum Motorsport worked their way through free practice and into qualifying. This proved to be an especially close affair with two-thirds of the 45-car strong field covered by just one second. Ollie was first out to qualify, followed by Rob and then Joe and all three put in strong runs in each of the 15-minute sessions, resulting in 22nd position on the grid ahead of the three-hour endurance race.
“Perhaps we should have been a little higher up,” Team Principal Shaun Goff said ahead of the three-hour race. “Somewhere in P10-15 as I think that was achievable. “We now we need to be right on top of our game and our long run pace was good so we’re sure we can move forward from P22.” Indeed, they could.