21st Oct, 2019

Kimber aiming high after lifting series title in France

Ben Tyler 12th Sep, 2019

CENTURY Motorsport driver Mark Kimber is in good spirits ahead of the British GT Championship curtain call this weekend, following a second IAME X30 Euro Series title win recently.

The Solihull racer went into the fourth and final round of the series in Salbris, France with a five-point lead over another British driver, Callum Bradshaw, knowing the title was still within touching distance for both.

But with an expert drive in the 19-lap final, Kimber won the race to lift the title by eight points, hailing his team for the series – Strawberry Racing – for the part they played in his success.

“I’m just so happy with how the whole weekend went,” he said.

“The team worked so hard throughout the heats to constantly switch engines which meant we knew which one was the best for the final.

“I got a good start, but Callum was slightly faster as he had higher tyre pressures. However, when he made a slight error, I managed to get past him and pulled into the lead.”

Kimber’s victory means that he retains the title he won in 2018, the first time that particular feat has been achieved.

A second-fastest time in qualifying put him in good stead for the weekend ahead, going on to record two wins and a runners-up position in the three heats before Sunday’s pre-final.

He finished half-a-second behind the winner in fourth in the final warm-up race, placing him fourth on the grid in the final.

After a promising start placed the 17-year-old in third, Kimber waited for an opportunity to make a move, overtaking the two cars ahead of him to pull away and win by a clear 1.776 seconds.

Kimber now heads to Donington Park for the ninth and final round of the Championship, and currently sits in joint 20th place in the GT4 class rankings.

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