09 September, 2012
Matt Bell followed up his recent British GT win in the best way possible today when he and his team-mate Charles Bateman were first to the flag after three hours of hard racing at Silverstone. This was the longest race of the British GT season and with an expanded entry list the competition was tougher than ever before but Matt and Charles took the United Autosports McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to a clear victory.
At the start of the weekend Matt realised that in order to repeat the win achieved at Snetterton they were going to have to work very hard.
"We started quite a long way off the pace during the testing so we knew we had to really knuckle down if we were going to get the job done," he said. "It was a great team effort from United Autosports as we managed to haul ourselves up to the top as we went through the weekend."
The race itself ran to plan with Charles starting and both drivers completing two race stints. Matt joined the race for the second stint in third place with the cars in first and second in his sights. The most important factor though was that they drove a clean race and didn't have to take any extra penalties, unlike many of the other runners.
Matt took the chequered flag with 20 seconds of clean air between the McLaren and the chasing BMW that took second place.
"It feels great to win the main event of the season," he said. "It's especially satisfying when it is a win that you have had to work hard for. There were drive-through penalties flying around everywhere today but we made sure we stayed well within the rules and that meant we weren't impeded at all.
"We've just got one race left now so let's see if we can go for the hat trick at Donington," he continued. "It's a track we both like and there's no reason why we can't go out there and take another win now that we are on a roll."
The Donington British GT round takes place in three weeks' time on 30 September.