Sean Walkinshaw delivered the first Pro-Am class points of the 2016 campaign in round two of the Blancpain Endurance Cup season at Silverstone on Sunday.
Partnered by Matt Simmons and Romain Sarazin, the Chipping Norton driver battled hard to a claim a top seven finish.
It’s great to have our first points, we’re on the board nowSean Walkinshaw
Walkinshaw’s first points puts the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN in the top 10 of the Pro-Am standings and he will be confident of building on Sunday’s performance when the Endurance Cup resumes in June.
Progressing well from 14th in class at the start, the No.22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 carved its way through the Pro-Am order during the action-packed three-hour contest and only just missed out on a top six result with just a few minutes to go.
Coming as a marked improvement on the opening round result at Monza last month, where the trio took 12th position, the Silverstone performance shows the squad is certainly on the right track as it strives to edge closer to the Pro-Am podium.
Walkinshaw said: “I’m happy enough, it was a pretty decent race.
“We went from 14th to seventh, which wasn’t bad at all, and it’s just a shame I couldn’t keep hold of sixth at the end over the last couple of laps, the tyres had just gone.
“I had to defend but tried to make sure I wasn’t losing time in among the back-markers, I’m a bit annoyed as I could have held on if it wasn’t for a little mistake on the second to last lap.
“It’s great to have our first points though, we’re on the board now and hopefully Paul Ricard next month will be good. It’s going to be a six-hour race so, even better, as it means twice as long in the car.”