A “high-speed off” on Luke Pinder’s first quick lap of qualifying at Thruxton on Saturday set the tone for the weekend. An enforced visit to the pits to refasten the bonnet on his Ginetta GT5 Challenge race car put Pinder on the back foot for the rest of the 20 minute session. Finally ending qualifying in a low 21st position, it was obvious that the team had lots of work to do before the car could be competitive around Thruxton.  
 
His Jade Developments team proved equal to the task and in race 1, the Yorkshireman moved forward and finally finished 16th despite a lack of overtaking opportunities due to the high speed nature of the circuit. 
 
So onto race 2 – starting from 16th on the grid, another fantastic start saw Pinder move nearer to the action at the front. Despite a near miss with a stationary car and a few laps behind the safety car, Pinder continued to pick off cars and ended the race in a very creditable 8th position on the road. 
 
Luke said, “I just wanted to repay the team for all their efforts and the best way to do that was to get as far up the finishing order as possible. To be fair, I would not normally be celebrating an 8th place finish but given the circumstances and the way that the team worked around the problems, I am absolutely delighted. I think we showed our pace, we were coming back at the cars in front and put on a good show for the sponsors along the way”.