DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR GOETHE AT BRANDS HATCH

The GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup season kicked off last weekend at Brands Hatch.

Benjamin and his teammate Tom Gamble have shown great pace from the early stages of the race weekend. They finished in the Top 5 in the Free Practice and set the second fastest time in Pre-qualifying. They carried the momentum to the two Qualifying sessions as both Tom and Benji secured a second-row start for Saturday’s races.

Tom took the start in Race 1 and got a good getaway from P4 but he was forced off track by a Ferrari, dropping him back to 14th place. Although the contact left the #159 Mclaren 720S GT3 Evo damaged, it didn’t hold Tom from fighting back. He climbed up to P12 before handing the wheel to Benjamin. 

The ROFGO driver rejoined the race after a smooth pit stop by the Garage 59 crew, driving in P10 once the pit stop cycle was complete. Avoiding the drama going on ahead of him, Goethe got a perfect restart after a short Safety Car period and carried out a stunning double overtake on the Team WRT BMW and the Comtoyou Racing Aston Martin, moving up to P7 with 15 minutes on the clock. He then chased down Cesar Gazeau’s Mercedes AMG, grabbing P6 with a perfectly executed move into Hawthorns Bend. Benji crossed the line in P6 but after the post-race penalties, they ended up in 4th place, equalling Benji’s best Sprint Cup result in the Garage 59 McLaren.

Goethe took the reins at the start for Race 2 and got a good launch, constantly attacking the Ferrari ahead of him while fending off Ricardo Feller’s Audi. Benji entered the pit lane from P4, but a lengthy pit stop caused by a stuck left rear wheel dropped them all the way back to P8. Tom still managed to fight his way back to 6th place, but they once again missed out on a potential podium, even though the pace was there all weekend. 

With the double points finish, Benji and Tom are sitting in fifth place in the overall Sprint Cup standings

Benjamin Goethe: 

“It was a weekend of what could’ve been for us. We had a strong Qualifying and great pace in the races but some factors out of our control kept us from finishing on the podium. Tom and the entire Garage 59 team did an amazing job all weekend, and we made a huge step in the right direction. I can’t wait to be back in the car in Misano to carry on what we started.”

The next round of the GTWCE Sprint Cup takes place next week (May 17-19) in Misano. 

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