Tilley takes podium at Silverstone

Graham Tilley on his way to a podium finish at Silverstone
Graham Tilley on his way to a podium finish at Silverstone

Graham Tilley was back on the Ginetta GT4 Supercup grid at Silverstone and was rewarded with a third place in a weekend of mixed fortunes.

Having missed the last rounds at Rockingham, Tilley was back in action with his Banbury based RAW Motorsports run Ginetta G55.

From the start of the first race he was third initially, but when Fraser Robertson spun on the second lap, it became second, but Chris Ingram was threatening him too.

Tilley said: “Chris usually starts well but then fades, so I expected to pull away and didn’t.”

But the pressure told on laps five when Tilley spun at the Hairpin. Despite having dropped to sixth, he chased hard for the remaining distance, but the gap was too much and he remained in sixth.

In race two he found himself chasing Ingram for third place.

But each time the gap closed Ingram responded usually on the following lap, so the gap remained fairly dormant and at the flag they were still 0.5 seconds apart.

But importantly both were on the podium too, after Chris Car spun on the fifth lap.

Hope were fairly high of another podium in the third and final race of the weekend.

He admitted: “I was starting from the cleaner side of the grid and having been cautious with my starts in the other two races, I decided to go for it. But I gave it to many revs and it was probably my worst start.”

Running in fourth, he had Robertson behind but there was no pressure. Within a couple of laps he was edging closer to Ingram too and another possible podium.

He said: “The car was going the best it had been all weekend and then it just lost oil pressure and the engine closed down, leaving me to crawl back to the pits and retire.”