|DAVIES BACK ON TOP STEP OF GINETTA PODIUM AT ROCKINGHAM|
Race one of the weekend for the GT4 Supercup competitors took place in very wet conditions on Saturday, 27th August, with Pointon lining-up a season-best third on the grid, thanks to an excellent run in qualifying, and Davies two spots further back in fifth.
Frustratingly for Pointon, he slipped back to sixth on the first lap but Davies enjoyed a more fruitful tour to climb into the top four. Running within just 0.3 seconds of third place, Davies was then elbowed back to fifth by Carl Boardley on lap two but the TCR driver refused to be dropped.
Following a Safety Car period between laps five and seven, required when Tom Wrigley's Ginetta G55 ground to a halt, Davies and Pointon resumed racing in fourth and fifth respectively and the former tried everything to break into the podium placings but ultimately finished just 0.8 seconds shy of the rostrum. Pointon, meanwhile, maintained fifth to the chequered flag on lap 12.
In round 16 on Sunday in the dry, Davies was edged back from fourth to sixth at the start, and then seventh at Tarzan Hairpin, while Pointon managed to surge ahead of his team-mate to leap into the top four. Initially running close behind the top three, Pointon was edged back to fourth on lap four and then fifth on lap 10 before the race was red flagged due to an incident at Chapman Curve.
Davies managed to battle his way through into sixth before the late-race stoppage, which elevated the Total Control Racing duo into fourth and fifth respectively as officials counted the result back to the end of lap 13.
Lining-up on the front row of the 'reverse' grid for round 17 later in the day, second placed starter Pointon made the better launch to nose ahead around the outside at Turn One but Davies held the line into Deene. With nothing to split the team-mates, racing then fell under Safety Car conditions on lap five and at the re-start a lap later Pointon challenged again.
Looking to the outside at Deene, the TCR duo ran door-to-door to Yentwood but into the braking zone contact triggered a luckless spin for Pointon. Dropping outside the top 10 as a result, he battled back well into eighth place with some impressive overtaking while Davies won by 1.2 seconds.