Another GT3 victory for Barwell Motorsport
The British GT rumbled back into life at Snetterton where the Norfolk sunshine did its best to keep things warm.
Starting from pole the Macmillan AMR Aston Martin piloted by Jack Mitchell made good his escape as they came over the start line in the rolling start. So good was the initial stint that he was 14.2s ahead of the chasing pack which included the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Jon Mishaw as the pit stop window opened. With the success penalties added to the minimum pit stop time, the Macmillan team had to serve an extra 5s due to their 3rd place last time out.
The Barwell Motorsport team, who were running in second, decided to pit as soon as they could so Phil Keen could eat into that lead. The Barwell team also had no time penalties so didn’t hang about changing drivers. Keen, who had set the lap charts alight in practice and the Pro qualifying soon broke the lap record in his pursuit of the V12 Aston Martin.
Once Keen in his Lamborghini had caught up with James Littlejohn’s Aston Martin he then had the task of trying to get past probably the widest Aston Martin! Littlejohn was doing an excellent job of keeping Keen behind him, but, with 9 minutes left of the hour long race, Keen made his move at Oggies.
Behind the top two the sister Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini pairing of Liam Griffin and Sam Tordoff were running in fourth prior to the pitstops, but because of the success penalties applied to the Team Parker Racing Bentley, the Lamborghini were able to come out in third.
As the top two had been battling away the sister Barwell Lamborghini was closing in and claimed second over Littlejohn at Palmer as he swept round the outside.
The Bentley of Team Parker Racing and Rick Parfitt Jnr started the race in third, but because of the pitstop penalty (from winning last time out) Seb Morris emerged in fourth after the pitstops had been completed. The team were so keen on getting him back out as soon as possible that mis-timed the length of the stop and as a result they had a 30s time penalty added to the team’s race time in-lieu of a drive through. This penalty for the Team Parker Racing Bentley allowed AMDtuning.com’s Mercedes-AMG of Lee Mowle and Ryan Raycliffe to claim fourth. The Mercedes-AMG had initially made its way past the Aston Marting of TF-Sport’s Mark Farmer.
Reigning champions Derek Johnstone and Jonny Adam finished fifth at the end of the race.
GT3 Winners – Barwell Motorsport
GT4 spoils again for HHC Motorsport
Starting from pole, Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed lined up alongside HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha. Buoyed from their victory last time out Tregurtha soon made his move and by the end of the first lap was in the lead. By the time the pitstop window opened the HHC Motorsport driver was 5s out front. With the success last time out there comes an extra 10s time penalty to serve in the pits.
David Pittard, who was now in the Lanan Racing seat after the stops, was now the race leader after the pitstops had finished. HHC Motorsport driver Stuart Middleton was now second and chasing the Lanan Ginetta. It wasn’t long before the HHC Motorsport driver was on the back of the Lanan Racing Ginetta. What then ensued was a great battle that also included the Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren of Ciaran Haggerty. Middleton made his move for the lead as they entered Brundle at the end of the Bentley Straight and by the time the pair exited Nelson Middleton made it his.
At the flag the HHC Motorsport driver was 1.4s clear of the Lanan Racing Ginetta of Pittard. Completing the podium was the Black Bull Garage 59 pairing of Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell.
Reigning GT4 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson bought their Optimum Motorsport Ginetta home in sixth place.
GT4 Winners – HHC Motorsport