Century Motorsport celebrate jewel in crown victory at season finale

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Rob Wheldon and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke celebrate after winning the Silverstone 500 in their No.42 BMW M4 GT4. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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FAULTLESS drives from Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Rob Wheldon, as well as a perfect team strategy, allowed Century Motorsport’s No.42 BMW M4 GT4 to take its first win of the season at British GT’s jewel in the crown event – the Silverstone 500.

Early on in the race, a safety car period saw several teams take an early pit stop for the first of three mandatory driver changes, including the No.43 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 of Ben Hurst and Adam Hatfield.

Car No.42 waited long enough for the field to condense before taking its stop after the team had calculated that they could get in and out before the safety car came back around.

The risky but strategic move paid off and despite Fenny Compton-based Century realising they had gained a massive advantage over the competitors, it seemed to go unnoticed by the commentators and TV crew.

It wasn’t until the final moments of the three-hour blue riband event, once all teams had completed all their mandatory pit stops that it suddenly unravelled and became obvious as to who would be standing on the top step of the GT4 podium at the season finale.

After starting near the back of the grid in P9, the No.42 Pro-Am pairing flew under the radar for the entire race, with only Century Motorsport themselves knowing the advantage they had gained through their smart strategy early on.

Gordon-Colebrooke and Wheldon drove faultlessly throughout the race and went on to claim their maiden British GT win, which was also a first for the team in the 2020 British GT Championship.

The No.43 car of Hurst and Hatfield started off the race very well, with Hurst gaining two places on the opening lap.

It wasn’t long before the safety car was deployed and Hatfield then went out for his first stint.

Hatfield put in some great laps, running in second place at one point.

Unfortunately the car lost 45 seconds after having to do a power cycle and that dropped them down the order a couple of places.

They went on to cross the line in seventh overall and sixth in Silver Class.

Century Motorsport are already looking forward to the 2021 British GT Championship where they will be fighting to reclaim their 2018 GT4 championship title.