Blake Angliss produced an eye-catching debut in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup season opener at Snetterton this past weekend (12/13 June), impressing with a fantastic charge through the field and a brilliant fifth place finish.
Despite having only seven previous car-racing starts under his belt from 2020, Angliss belied his lack of experience to produce some brilliant performances in Ginetta’s flagship championship and firmly highlights himself as one to watch in the series this season.
With only one test day in the car under his belt heading into the race meeting, Angliss knew it was going to be a steep learning curve on one of the most technical and challenging circuits on the calendar. Therefore, two free practice sessions on Friday provided crucial track time.
The 18 year old quickly got up to a competitive pace and ended the day an impressive ninth fastest overall, a result which led to him being promoted to the championship’s headline Pro category, where he’d be up against the fastest drivers on the grid.
A tough start to the opening race that afternoon saw the Transend-backed driver slip to tenth position, but he quickly composed himself and looked to make progress back up the order. As he closed in on the ninth placed runner, disaster struck as he suffered a puncture on his G55.
After taking a trip to the pitlane for a replacement, Angliss eventually picked up some championship points in 14th position. Whilst frustrated to see a top ten result in his debut race slip from his grasp, the Coventry-based racer was confident he could bounce back strongly on Sunday.
Behind the wheel of his eye-catching blue and yellow Ginetta, Angliss produced a sensational charge through the field from 14th on the grid in race two. Gaining a couple of places on the opening lap, he stayed there for a few laps before kicking on at the halfway mark of the race.
A double move through the Brundle / Nelson section of the track got him into the top ten, before he gained another spot for ninth. He saved the best until last, with a stunning move around the outside at Agostini corner earning him eighth position as he took the chequered flag.
There was better news to come too, with a time penalty for another driver promoting the Icom, Lifeline, Haigh Group and Splodge Hygiene backed driver into seventh in the final result. That’s where he’d then start the final race of the weekend, which was televised live on ITV4.
An issue for a driver ahead immediately moved him into the top six as the race got underway, before he benefitted from another retirement at mid-distance to rise to fifth. Driving with a wise head on young shoulders, he then bided his time before making a move for fourth.
His moment came with an opportunistic dive down the inside into the Wilson hairpin on lap nine. With a large gap to the car ahead halting any podium aspirations, Angliss fought hard to the end and although he lost a spot on the last lap, fifth represented a fantastic conclusion to his debut weekend.