Garstang driver benefits from Spa treatment

Dan Collinson finished top of the charts in race one of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Spa Francorchamps
Dan Collinson finished top of the charts in race one of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Spa Francorchamps

Dan Collinson produced the best performance of his debut season in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium by racing to his maiden class win for Total Control Racing.

The Garstang-based driver, who graduated into the British GT support category this year with just a single season of track experience under his belt, achieved his first ‘Amateur Class’ victory in the first of last weekend’s three contests with a great drive.

Although qualifying didn’t go quite to plan, Collinson lining up 14th on the overall grid, he performed well to climb into an 11th-placed finish and, most importantly, the Am victory.

Team-mate Ian Robinson had led the way in the Am class early on but an incident opened the door for Collinson to take his deserved first success.

From 11th on the grid in race two later in the day, Collinson broke into the coveted outright top 10 on lap one and stayed there until the end of lap four when he edged back a position.

Staying in the thick of the battle around the top 10, Collinson reclaimed 10th a couple of laps later but was ultimately shuffled back to 11th again.

Sadly for the TCR driver, race three on Saturday ended prematurely with a heavy excursion on lap five. Racing strongly once again, Collinson was on course for an excellent ninth place until the unfortunate incident which saw him have to visit hospital for precautionary checks.

“We’re absolutely delighted for Dan with his first class win”, said team principal Lee Brookes.

“He’s had a very strong weekend at Spa, did a great job, and thoroughly deserved the success.

“He showed strong pace all weekend and raced well. The crash he had in the last race was a big hit and caused a lot of damage to the car, but thankfully Dan is OK.”