The GT4 HHC Motorsport duo of Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha start the two hour GT4 race from pole position at Rockingham.
At the start Tregurtha was passed by fellow front starter Alex Reed in the Lanan Racing Ginetta and by Ciaran Haggerty in the Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren by the end of the first lap. The first safety car period calmed the proceedings down, but as the race got back underway Haggerty got past Reed.
The top three of Haggerty, Reed and Tregurtha all ran close together while reigning champion Johnson was in fourth but keeping in touch. It didn’t take long for Tregurtha to get passed Reed for second and the battle for the lead was on.
GT4 battle for the lead
It was pure classic cat and mouse between Haggerty and Tregurtha with the gap between the pair no more than a second. Tregurtha did manage to get a way past and into the lead at Tarzan hairpin, but the this enabled Haggerty to get a slipstream off the Ginetta and as they went into Deene the following lap Haggerty was back in front.
Another safety car period gave everyone a breather while the marshals cleared Steve Fresle’s Ginetta from the gravel at Gracelands. Once racing resumed the pair remained glued to each other right until the pit stop window opened on the hour mark.
The Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren decided to stop straight away while the HHC Motorsport team decided to leave Tregurtha out for a bit longer. The reason behind leaving Tregurtha out was that they wanted fresher tyres towards the end of the race. This proved to be a good decision as Middleton, who had taken over from Tregurtha, caught and passed Mitchell in the McLaren. The advantage was such that despite a late safety car, Middleton was able to get just under a 10s lead as the flag fell after to hours of racing.
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Behind the top two, it was Robinson and Johnson who picked up third despite serving their 10 second success penalty (for finishing third last time out) as the Lanan pairing, who were running in third prior to the stops, had to serve a 20 second success penalty and ultimately finished the race in sixth.
Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing pair of Sam Webster and Matt Chapman were running in fourth until car failure on their Ginetta resulted in the G55 ending up in the gravel at Yentwood which triggered the last safety car period with 24 minutes to go. This promoted the sister Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren to fourth and in fifth was the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin.
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