24 September, 2012
After wins at Snetterton and Silverstone, Matt Bell and his team mate Charles Bateman are hoping to score a hat-trick by taking victory in the final race of the British GT season at Donington this weekend.
The late-season switch to the McLaren MP4-12C has proved fruitful for Matt and coupled with his knowledge of Donington he is lined up for another top result.
Matt said: "I have been on the podium at Donington before but never in GT3, so I'm looking to rectify that! I have done a reasonable amount of running on this circuit and if we can continue to work on finding set up gains the McLaren should be strong there. Last year was tough. I was P4 in qualifying but only one tenth of a second off pole. The competition is even tougher this year so I will need to bring my 'A' game!"
Matt has been training harder than ever recently; just a week after his win at Silverstone he took part in the Great North Run to test his fitness.
"The Great North Run was a fantastic experience," he said. "The atmosphere was amazing for the whole run with people lining the streets from start to finish, offering support - many gave out sweets, oranges and drinks at their own expense to help the runners! I managed to raise over £1,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance and I'm still collecting, so that makes all the pain worthwhile."
Matt will welcome J&C Joel to Doningon as his event partner this weekend. J&C Joel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardent fabrics and flooring for the entertainment and live event industries.
"My link with J&C Joel began back in January and we have been working on putting something together ever since," explained Matt. "J&C Joel are one of the leading companies worldwide in their industry, so I will be aiming to represent them with a front-running effort at Donington."
This weekend should see two days of terrific GT racing as the British GT Championship is joined by the FIA GT1 World Championship. Qualifying for the British GT race takes place on Saturday at 17:50 with the two hour race getting underway on Sunday at 14:40.