Great results for our sponsored drivers, Jonathan and Ryan Hadfield!
Last weekend was the turn of the seventh, and final round of the Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Donington Park. The GT5 Challenge was supporting the British GT Championship for the final time around this season and all eyes were on the Hadfield brothers to see who would come out on top in their sibling rivalry.
In qualifying Ryan and Jonathan were fresh from the previous round at Spa and both brothers were eager to make sure they put themselves in good stead for the deciding weekend. Both brothers got off to a strong start and seemed to feel right at home at their local circuit. Ryan and Jonathan were both pushing their cars to the limit, which was certainly showing as both of them and the GT5 champion were fighting it out for the top 3 qualifying position throughout the session. In the end the championship winner pipped both boys to pole position once again and after an impressive last lap, Ryan secured 2nd with Jonathan not far behind in 3rd place.
Saturday afternoon saw the first race of the weekend take place at Donington Park Circuit. Ryan was sat 2nd on the grid with his sibling and championship rival Jonathan, just behind in 3rd. Both brothers had strong starts, with Ryan remaining in 2nd place, right on the back of the leader, and Jonathan settling into 3rd. As the race progressed Ryan was fighting hard to try and gain the lead and Jonathan was also fighting to keep their main championship rival behind the both of them. After a strong battle the chequered flag saw Ryan settle with 2nd place, with his younger brother Jonathan just behind in 3rd, and vitally keeping their championship rival behind him.
Race two took place on Sunday morning and saw the two Hadfield brother sit just behind each other on the grid, in 2nd and 3rd position. The pair got off to strong starts, with Ryan taking the lead off the line, however after a robust move coming into Redgate, Ryan was pushed way out wide onto the grass allowing Jonathan and Chapman to get past him. However a determined Ryan quickly got onto the back of the leading two drivers and was challenging for the lead once again. As the race progressed, Ryan managed to use his driving talent to gain his lead again and Jonathan also managed to make his way up into 2nd position. On the last lap of the race, disaster struck for Jonathan when contact was made with a back marker, resulting in him not being able to make it to the end of the race. As the chequered flag was waved Ryan took his second win of the year, claiming vital championship points and sadly Jonathan ended up with a DNF. After the race, both Ryan and Jonathan were penalised due to racing incidents, resulting in them both having a grid penalty for the final race of the season and a huge 15 championship point drop.
Race 3 was late on Sunday afternoon and it was the reverse grid race of the weekend, which was sure to make things interesting after Ryan and Jonathan’s grid and championship point deductions. The reverse grid meant that the top 9 cars were reversed, leaving Ryan in 14th and Jonathan in 40th place after their grid penalty. Both Ryan and Jonathan had remarkable starts with Ryan making up an impressive 6 places going into the first corner and Jonathan making up an incredible 24 places within the first lap. Not long after the start of the race, Ryan made a sensational move into the chicane, passing 4 cars at once and putting himself into 2nd place. Jonathan was also charging his way through the pack getting himself into 10th position in the final few laps. As the chequered flag was waved for the final time this season, Ryan came over the line in an incredible 2nd place from 14th, taking his third podium of the weekend, and Jonathan finished 10th after taking over an astonishing 30 cars.
The Donington decider showed that both Ryan and Jonathan are a forced to be reckoned with and have had the pace to be right at the front of the pack and fighting for the podiums throughout the entire season. After a hard fought season Ryan has finished the Ginetta GT5 Challenge in 3rd place in the drivers standing and Jonathan not far behind in 4th. Both boys are extremely happy with their success within the championship and to have come out of their first full season in the GT5 Challenge in 3rd and 4th place in the drivers standings is extremely impressive and has showcased their driving talent extremely well. Ryan and Jonathan cannot thank their sponsors enough for all their support this season, their success defiantly wouldn’t have been possible without them and they hope that they have made all their sponsors incredibly proud. Now the planning starts and the brothers can look forward to their adventures next year…
A huge well done to the Hadfield Brothers from all at Hawkshead, keep up the great performance!