Matt Bell and Charles Bateman took a convincing win in the British GT Championship three-hour race at Silverstone today.
From fifth on the grid, they took the lead halfway through the race and won by a comfortable 14 second margin.
The win was a credit to the set-up of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and the flawless pit stops by the rest of the team.
For once, United Autosports were racing in dry and sunny conditions, a rarity this season. Having qualified in fifth position on the 33 car grid, the biggest the championship has seen so far this year, Charles took the first driver stint and within a few laps had worked his way up into third place.
In the three-hour race format, there are three compulsory driver changes. Bateman brought the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 into the pits after forty-five minutes to hand over Matt Bell. The pit crew carried out a flawless re-fuelling and tyre change, and Bell returned to the circuit, being careful not to infringe the minimum pit-stop time rule.
At half distance, Bell had fought his way into the lead and soon after returned to the pits to hand back over to Bateman. Another swift and seamless pit-stop put Bateman out on the track in the lead, and he then maintained first position until it was time to return the seat to Bell with 45 minutes of the race left to run.
By the flag Matt had pulled out a comfortable 14 second lead after three hours of hard racing totake the second victory for the McLaren in the hands of United Autosports.
Matt Bell, Racing Driver, United Autosports
"It was a long race, but it was a great result for the team. Lots of thing's could have gone wrong, thankfully it all went our way today. United Autosports prepared a fantastic car and it ran brilliantly for the whole race. Our pit stops wereexcellent. McLaren has come along way with the car so a big thank you to them. It was a tough race, but I'm not complaining; to take the win is a brilliant result. I couldn't be happier."
Charles Bateman, Racing Driver, United Autosports
"A great result after all the hard work this weekend. The team gave us a good race car and Matt drove brilliantly as always. We kept out of trouble, and it paid off massively. To win two races from two race meetings is brilliant."
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports