Black brings some Jazzy driving to the track

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Amanda Black and her teammate Ian Anderson took control of the GTA class of the GT Cup Championship after a dramatic start to proceedings.

A sunny Saturday morning saw the Jazzy Ginetta take to the Brands Hatch circuit for the warm-up session, and all was looking good for the Skegness Grammar School associate deputy headteacher and Anderson.

But in qualifying Anderson was knocked off the track by a faster class car, leaving the vehicle with a broken rear upright and other suspension damage.

With only an hour to go until the first race, frantic work began in an effort to repair the car and - despite their being no time for a set up realignment - the car went out and the decision was taken to limit damage to championship hopes by trying to score some points.

Anderson started from the pit lane but as the chequered flag fell he had climbed to second in the GTA class.

By race two the Jazzy Ginetta was fully re-assembled, all the remaining parts fitted and the set up and alignment checked and corrected, allowing Black to drive to second place, also recording the fastest lap of the race.

However, in the chase to catch race winner Dan O’Brien track limits had been exceeded a number of times and the Jazzy Ginetta picked up a 15-second race penalty – move the race position back to third.

Race three saw Black pit first after the safety car had already been out twice, Anderson taking over but seeing his hopes of a overtaking O’Brien ended by a red flag.

However, the Jazzy Ginetta again recorded the fastest lap of the race and took the top spot in the GTA class Championship.

Black said: “What a classic roller coaster of a weekend.

“You never know what motorsport is going to throw at you.”

The next round of the GT Cup Championship is at Silverstone on May 28 and 29.

Pictured is Amanda being interviewed.