ANDWELL racer Nick Halstead won his first ever Ginetta GT5 Challenge Am class at Silverstone.

Halstead beat team-mate James Townsend to victory after an incredible final two laps at the British Grand Prix venue, that featured almost never-ending position changes in a seven-car pack that battled for glory.

Townsend had forced his way to the front of the pack with a lap to go, but the London-based driver spun his Ginetta G40 GT5 at Vale on the final tour, giving Halstead, a golden opportunity to nip through and score his maiden class win in a season’s-best 16th place overall.

Halstead said: “I’m so happy to get my first Am win, because it was my big aim for the year and it felt awesome to stand on the top step of the podium at Silverstone.

"I’ll admit it was a bit fortunate because with two laps to go I was third and then someone hit Adrian (Campbell-Smith) pretty hard and James (Townsend) spun, and I saw my chance to nip through and take the win.

"Pace-wise though, this is a logical extension of what happened at Thruxton and I’m pretty confident of fighting for top-12 positions in qualifying from now on.”

The next round of the series takes place at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on July 20 to 22.