British GT Championships VIP Style
A Guest post from Bex Bodkin
Guest Post written by Bex B...
For those who may not know who I am, my name is Bex, I used to blog, but my life became too hectic and blogging became too stressful so I quit earlier this year. I used to blog at ClearlyBex and during my blogging years I made some amazing friends. I've managed to keep in contact with some lovely PR's who know my likes/dislikes, so when I was offered a VIP day at the final round of the British GT Championships courtesy of Mini I knew I couldn't resist. Instantly I knew this would bring me within “toe dipping” distance of the world of blogging again, but I knew I could guest post on my best friend's blog - thank you Tina.
A hobby I never really admitted much on my own blog was my love of motor sports, I love nothing more than watching cars race, getting absorbed in the atmosphere and drama of watching battles unfold on the race track. Pre kids I was even a start-line marshal, marshalling at weekends I thoroughly enjoyed, appearing at small club meetings, larger meetings (like the GT's), British Touring Cars and even the annual round of the F1 at Silverstone.
So now you could probably understand why I couldn't resist the opportunity to blog again and attend 2017's last weekend at Donington Park, I was invited along by Artline who are currently sponsoring 16 year old George Sutton competing in the Mini Championship.
George Sutton is currently in his first year of racing in the Mini Championship, and doing remarkably well. He has a strong racing background, starting out his career racing karts aged 9, George has done amazingly and is proving to be a young star in the making. Competing and winning various championships over the years George won the Junior Club Champion at Hooton Park in 2012/13, the Northern TKM Championship in 2014 as well as 10th in the Super 1 British Junior TKM Championship. George has also competed in the 2015/2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship with a Citroen Saxo with some very strong performances, finishing 5th, 3 points adrift of 3rd place! I really do look to seeing amazing things from George over the coming years.
We were treated to a VIP visit with Artline entitling us to mingle with the team at George Sutton Racing whilst also having access to the VIP tent enjoying somewhere to sit quietly, relax and enjoy the lovely food and drinks on offer.
Whilst enjoying a little rest in the tent in the morning I bumped into another family who were also enjoying a family day out after a competition win courtesy of Artline, non other that George Sutton's biggest fan, introducing 5 year old mini George Sutton (no kidding!). Mini George Sutton took part in a competition recently part of Artline to win a VIP day, for the final round of the season and was delighted when he was informed he had won.
During the course of the day, there were two Mini Championship races, the first being shortly after midday. We took our seats in the grandstand by the start-line to watch George compete in his race, starting the race in P6 George was quick to gain a position and holding the position well through to the end of the race finishing in P5.
The second race of the day for the Mini Championship saw George take his place on the grid in P5 (the result of race 1) and finish in P6, losing a place early on in the race but holding position really well, and finishing the race there.
Overall the championship finished with George Sutton claiming 8th in the Driver Standings. Throughout the day, Mini Championship drivers were given the opportunity to sign a tyre using pens from the Artline range. The tyre was on display by the garage of George Sutton Racing and will be auctioned off at a later date.
We had a great family day out, enjoying other races that were happening during the day and it was a great day to wrap up the 2017 racing calendar. Thank you to Artline for our invitation, to the Mini Championship and George Sutton Racing for the hospitality and lastly Donington Park for hosting great racing.
Good luck for the 2018 season George!