Callum Macleod underlined his speed in the British GT Championship by setting a GT3 lap record during the Silverstone 500 – his second of the season.
Callum started the race weekend by topping the time sheets in the official Friday test session in his Team Parker run Bentley Continental GT3.
That pace carried on to the Saturday morning free practice sessions as he and Ian ran at the top of the times for much of both sessions before other teams opted to run new tyres. He was however, the fastest of the Bentleys in each of the sessions.
Qualifying started with Ian showing strong pace in the ‘Am’ section of qualifying. However, a misfire developed as Callum started his ten minute ‘Pro’ session and restricted them to fifth place on the combined grid when it looked likely they would achieve at least a front-row start.
In the race a great opening stint by Ian, in which he passed the Team ABBA Mercedes for fourth and then championship leader Jon Minshaw for third, allowed Callum to take over the car for his stint in the podium positions.
Unfortunately, a stop/go penalty for a pit stop one hundredth of a second too short put Callum behind the Team ABBA car which had Mercedes factory driver Adam Christodoulou behind the wheel. Callum sat behind the rear-wing of the Nurburgring 24 Hours winner for a number of laps in what was developing into a great battle, only stopping because of differing pit strategies.
In the final hour, it looked like Callum was in with a chance of the podium as Ian took over for his last stint. However, a small mistake from Ian saw the car hit the barrier and retire.
For Callum, the retirement was the only negative on a weekend that saw him break Silverstone’s British GT3 lap record – a 2m02.376s – and scoop the Sunoco Fastest Lap of the Weekend award. The award is his second of the season after also setting a new lap record at Oulton Park.
Callum said: “We had fantastic pace straight from the word go, we knew the Bentley would be fast around Silverstone and if it wasn’t for the misfire we would have been at least on the front-row for the start of the race.
“The whole team has been excellent all weekend, especially Ian, his pace in the opening stint was brilliant and as his driver coach it was great to see him have the confidence to make the moves he did.”
The next race for Callum is the double-header of one-hour races at Spa-Francorchamps on July 7 & 8, a circuit the Team Parker driver knows well. He commented: “The last time I was at Spa I qualified on pole position in the Pro-Am class for the Spa 24 Hours and I’m confident in the Continental around the circuit. Hopefully, that confidence will continue in July.”