February 6, 2023

In our newest column, Graham explains how beginner driver Ian Loggie left nothing to likelihood in profitable the UK’s premier sportscar crown.

Motorsport Information column by Graham Keilloh.

In British GT – which on the entrance is for Professional-Am driver pairings – it’s straightforward to have your consideration taken by the Professional drivers. They set the tempo and supply the star high quality. The current Donington Park season finale ended with victor Alexander Sims chased by Jules Gounon, a degree of driver excellence that bears comparability with nearly any sequence.

However, in British GT there’s an equal adage to golf’s ‘drive for present, putt for dough’. That’s, whereas the Professional driver captivates, it’s the Novice driver who’ll win you races and championships. And this season it’s proved as a lot, as the principle championship was received – nay dominated – by Am driver Ian Loggie in his RAM Racing Mercedes. He received it alone, as his Professional driving associate rotated between Gounon and Callum Macleod when Gounon had clashing dates.

And even earlier than this season began, Loggie was clear favorite. He’d completed shut runner-up in 2021, and for this yr the 59-year-old left nothing to likelihood.

When requested by Motorsport Information what made the distinction for 2022, his reply was quick: “Observe makes good. I did 85 races this yr”

Certainly, in 2022 Loggie’s been full-time in GT Cup, and has raced in GT World Problem, Asian Le Mans Collection, the Dubai 24 Hours, Portimao 24 Hours and Gulf 12 Hours. He’s even popped up in Porsche Carrera Cup GB, and represented the UK within the FIA Motorsport Video games.

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The 2022 British GT champion dabbled in multiple other racing series this year.

“So many race begins: peripheral imaginative and prescient, you anticipate issues going incorrect. Little issues that Execs educate you each time you’re within the automotive.”

Added to this, he had the aforementioned famous person Gounon alongside him. The pair set the factors tempo instantly with a win and second place in Oulton Park’s season-opening double header (albeit after an argument within the courts).

And from there, Loggie enacted the second a part of his title-winning grasp plan. Devastating consistency.

The outcomes inform the story. Silverstone apart, the place he was caught in another person’s accident, he by no means completed decrease than sixth. All in, he acquired six podium finishes from the season’s 9 races. Fairly the achievement in a extremely aggressive championship that applies success penalties. Fairly the achievement too in a contest the place lots can and does go incorrect: watch any British GT race and penalties for contact and pit infringements are frequent, and normally wreck your race.

Ian Loggie emerged victorious at the end of the season.

Loggie against this proceeded this yr, and consciously, with a clear invoice of well being. “It’s way more than simply having the ability to do the lap time,” he explains, “it’s about getting the pitstops proper, don’t get penalties, and we’ve not had one penalty this yr.”

All of it added as much as no-one else getting close to. His title profitable margin was 33.5 factors, the most important seen on this contest’s trendy historical past.

He’s promised to be again in 2023. His rivals know who they need to beat.