HENLEY-based racer Phil Keen enjoyed one of his most successful meetings of this year’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship season
HENLEY-based racer Phil Keen enjoyed one of his most successful meetings of this year’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship season along with team-mate Jon Minshaw last weekend, taking sixth and third place in two races at Zandvoort, Holland.
The Trackspeed Porsche duo, who won the season opener at Oulton Park earlier this year, lined up in 12th for the first 60-minute race, after an error in practice saw the pairing handed a five-place grid penalty.
It was Minshaw who began the race and much of his stint was held under safety car conditions, due to two incidents early on. Minshaw would inherit a handful of positions following retirements and he handed over to Keen having made up good ground in the opening half.
Once behind the wheel, Keen showed his worth. The battle out front was a close-fought one and it wasn’t long before Keen, placed sixth, joined the fight.
Ultimately, he was unable to gain further ground, crossing the line in sixth, just 2.4 seconds adrift of Olly Bryant in fifth.
The Trackspeed pairing lined up in third for Sunday’s 60-minute race and it was Keen who took to the cockpit first.
It was a stunning start for the Henley man, who found his way past Rob Barff up the inside of Tarzan to move up into second behind Nick Tandy.
Keen was unable to keep pace with frontrunner Tandy, who led Keen by 10 seconds as the pitstop window opened.
A delay in the driver handover to Minshaw cost the duo valuable time and hampered their chances of reeling in new leader, David Ashburn, who had assumed the lead from the charging Tandy.
A spin for Minshaw on his out-lap then saw him fall prey to Gary Eastwood, who seized his chance, demoting the Trackspeed racer to third, where he would eventually cross the line to clinch the duo’s second podium of the season.