Bailey had a good weekend on his first visit to the Nürburgring GP circuit in western Germany.
Bailey’s Saturday started with an excellent pole position in his qualifying session – his second of the season – meaning a front row start for the race one. After leading the first stint, the overall lead was relinquished only when back markers interrupted the handover to Charlie, however second place was maintained to the race end and secured valuable points for the silver championship.
Sunday’s race was equally productive and following an excellent 1st session by Charlie, Bailey brought the car home in second – behind the sister United Autosports car – and collectively securing the 2021 GT4 Team Championship with one weekend remaining.
Bailey and Charlie now look towards the final round of the 2021 season at Barcelona in early October.
Bailey enjoyed a perfect qualifying session on Friday which saw him claim his maiden pole position in GT4 racing and place the #23 McLaren on the front row of the grid for the opening race of the weekend. Bailey had a great start from pole and drove a demanding opening stint, coming under strong pressure from the car behind, but holding onto the lead before pitting to hand the car over to Charlie Fagg. Charlie drove brilliantly, holding onto the lead and bringing the #23 McLaren home to take their third win of the season and reclaim the title lead in both the Silver Teams and Silver Drivers’ standings.
Qualifying for race two was down to Charlie Fagg placing the 570s McLaren third on the grid. The weather conditions ahead of race two were unpredictable, with rainfall leading up to the start of the second race but the call to start on slick tyres proved to be worth taking. Charlie had a great start taking the lead of the race heading into Eau Rouge. He set about extending his lead and in a mirror image from Friday’s race, held off intense pressure from the second placed car to bring the #23 into the pits to hand over to Bailey who emerging second. Bailey continued in second place until a final lap battle with the third placed car saw them make slight contact, resulting in Bailey suffering a left rear puncture. He managed to drag the car over the line, eventually finishing fourth after a great weekend for the #23.
United Autosports have now regained the lead of the GT4 Silver Championship in both the teams and drivers’ standings, heading into the next round at the Nürburgring on 3-5 September. The win for the #23 also marks the sixth consecutive race win for United Autosports at Spa Francorchamps, dating back to September 2018.
“Overall, it was a reasonably strong weekend for us, with valuable points collected for the championship. It was great to get my first pole in qualifying and fastest lap in the race yesterday as well as winning overall. We were a bit unlucky in race two where we were battling for a podium but some damage to the rear meant we finished P4. Big thank you to the team for all their support this weekend.”
The #23 United Autosports GT4 car of Bailey Voisin and Charlie Fagg experienced a strong weekend at Paul Ricard, in the second round of GT4 European Series.
Qualifying would see 18-year-old Voisin partake in the first of the two sessions. Voisin soon got the McLaren 570s GT4 up to speed and was at the sharp end of the order, but unfortunately some ill timed traffic from some of the slower AM class cars hampered Voisin’s progression up the order and he would qualify in fifteenth place for Race 1 the next day.
Qualifying 2 would see McLaren GT Driver Charlie fagg take the wheel. In usual form Fagg would set a time good enough for the front row in second place, just 0.036 of a second off pole position.
In race one, Bailey Voisin started the race and had an amazing start in the #23 McLaren 570S and moved easily through the pack to make up eleven places within the first six laps to sit in fourth place. A truly outstanding drive from the youngster throughout his stint. At the 30 minute mark Charlie Fagg took over and moved brilliantly up to third place, defending against the Chevrolet until the chequered flag. A third podium for the #23 crew after two rounds, with the team retaining their championship lead.
The #23 crew started race two on the front row of the grid after a great qualifying session by Charlie Fagg on Saturday. An interesting start procedure from the pole sitter would see the entire field left standing, including Fagg. Despite the controversial start, the race proved difficult in maximising the pace of both United Autosports McLaren’s. Fagg managed to hang on to fourth place for the entirety of his stint and at the halfway mark handed over to Voisin. A slightly longer than expected pitstop meant the #23 car would drop 2 positions to sixth place. A solid stint by Voisin would see him bring home the #23 car in sixth (finishing fourth in silver class).
Overall, a decent weekend for the team with points awarded in each race, resulting in the team maintaining first in the silver class championship. The team now turn their focus to round three, which takes place in Zandvoort on 18-20 June.
Bailey Voisin: “Looking at the weekend as a whole I think there are several positives to take away from it. We managed to get a podium in race one and add some more championship points for the team. A slightly trickier second race, where we just didn’t seem to have the pace to challenge the cars at the front.”
Charlie Fagg: “Overall, it was a solid weekend. It’s not quite the track for the McLaren but we still had a good weekend, finishing third in the first race and getting more points for the championship. The car felt great and hopefully we can bounce back at round three in Zandvoort.”
EDGE management drivers Bailey Voisin & Charlie Fagg secured a double win on their debut with United Autosports to GT racing this weekend, in the opening round of the SRO GT4 European Series at Monza, Italy.