One Motorsport enjoyed a race day to remember in the Intelligent Money British GT Championship this past weekend (6/7 May) as Ed McDermott and Mikey Broadhurst scored a famous GT4 Pro-Am win and overall podium at the Silverstone 500.
In what proved to be a dramatic three-hour contest around the Home of British Motor Racing, the Mercedes-AMG duo showed their class to claim not only a sensational victory but also the lead in the overall GT4 Pro-AM standings.
Arriving at the world-famous circuit riding a wave of momentum after scoring a podium at Oulton Park last time out, the Brackley-based team fine-tuned their striking green and gold machine during practice with the view of challenging towards the top of the times in qualifying.
Unfortunately, heavy rain would wash out qualifying for the series’ blue riband event and mean that the grid would be decided by the results of Free Practice 2, specifically the combination of each crew member’s fastest lap.
Taking into consideration the times from the day’s earlier session, McDermott and Broadhurst would line up 12th overall on the GT4 grid and fifth in the Pro-Am class.
Greeted by brighter – and crucially drier conditions – on Sunday, the team endured a frustrating start to the race as the opening exchanges of the 180-minute bout saw them facing the wrong way after receiving a hit from the Ginetta of Ian Duggan.
Wasting no time in getting back on-track, McDermott and Broadhurst soon settled into a groove as they valiantly fought their way back up the order; utilising strategy as they others found themselves in strife.
Working their way up to second overall in the GT4 ranks, Silverstone specialist Broadhurst showcased his talents behind the wheel as he did enough to hold off the Ford Mustang of Matt Cowley and Erik Evans to secure a superb second overall and the Pro-Am win.
“This is just beyond my wildest dreams,” admitted McDermott. “I’ve spent a lot of hours fantasising about a Pro-Am podium, let alone an overall podium, so this is just completely unbelievable – I couldn’t be happier.
“We got a little bit lucky with safety cars but you’ll take it in this game. The team did an incredible job and it’s a really important result for them in what is effectively their second GT event.”
“We were a bit on the back foot in terms of the pace in the car but the team did an absolutely mega job,” said Broadhurst. “They won it for us because the pit-stops and the strategy decisions allowed us to bounce back from that spin on lap one to stand on the podium.”
Team Principal Danny Buxton concluded: “I’m absolutely delighted for Ed and Mikey, they both drove fantastically well all day. It’s a super achievement for the team in only our second British GT event and hats off to the car crew, led by Martin and then the strategy from engineer Sam Cotton, as they executed everything brilliantly.”
The Intelligent Money British GT Championship continues at Donington Park on the 27/28 May.