This weekend will see Andrew Watson fight it out on home soil as he contests the second round of this season’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone, where a strong 48-car grid will tackle the three-hour endurance race.
The Northern Irish driver got his campaign underway in impressive fashion at the season opener in Monza last month as Watson’s #59 Garage 59 team finished in 9th place overall, 7th in the PRO-class and as the highest-placed Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Not only did the 24-year-old get off to a point-scoring start with his team but he starred individually too as he posted the third quickest lap time of the race and the quickest in the #59.
Silverstone, the home of British Motor Racing, plays host to round two this weekend and will see drivers tested around the 18-turn, 3.661-mile Grand Prix layout, known for its high-speed, fast-slowing complexes like the Maggots-Becketts-Chapel sequence of corners that provides excellent trackside viewing for the fans at Silverstone.
Following an eventful first round, Andrew sits in ninth position in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Drivers’ Standings and is looking to continue his point-scoring form this weekend.
“It’s going to be a great experience to be racing with the team at our home race at Silverstone this weekend.” said the Gratte Brothers-sponsored racer. “We had a strong start to the season in Monza and showed that we can battle at the front. Scoring points in our first race in the new car and finishing as the highest Aston Martin has given everyone in the team a big boost. We all know there’s a long way to go in the season, with plenty of room for improvement still, so it will be good to see how we get on this weekend.”
“It will also be a very big weekend for me as I represent Aston Martin as one of their Junior Drivers for the first time on home soil, so it will be great if I can put on a strong performance for them this weekend as well!”
The weekend at Silverstone starts on Saturday with free practice and pre-qualifying at 10:40 and 15:40. The three-hour race will begin on Sunday 12th at 15:00, with qualifying earlier in the day scheduled for 09:40, with both sessions streamed live at https://www.blancpain-gt-series.com.