After the spoils of race one, Barwell Motorsport now have a 10s pit stop success penalty for this race. Starting from pole Phil Keen soon made his escape into the lead to try and balance out this penalty. The Team Parker Bentley of Macleod, who shared the front row with the Barwell outfit, lost out to a very fast starting Carlo van Dam in his Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 who had moved up into second after starting in fourth. The sister Bentley of Seb Morris dropped back from third into sixth.
Further back contact between Ratcliffe’s AMDtuning.com Mercedes AMG and Christodoulou’s Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes AMG at La Source meant that Leonard in his Team WRT Audi benefited after being relegated six places for an infringement in race 1.
Phil Keen was so rapid that even after serving the 10s success penalty his team-mate, Jon Minshaw, was able to emerge still in the lead. The Bentley now piloted by Ian Loggie was certainly make in roads into the gap to the Lamborghini. The gap was 4.4s but some rapid laps meant that Loggie was only 0.9s behind Minshaw before disaster struck the Barwell outfit. While trying to avoid a GT4 Minshaw spun his Lamborghini and out of the lead.
Further back the sister Bentley had to serve a drive-through for track limit violations from both Morris in the opening stint and later by Parfitt Jnr. This put them out of contention for a podium after the demise of the #33 Barwell Lamborghini.
Out in front Loggie was cruising around and enjoyed his and Callum Macleod’s maiden victory in the GT3 class. Second was Team WRT in their Audi R8 LMS and the final podium went to Macmillan AMR pairing of Littlejohn and Mitchell. The Aston started 11th, but with success penalties and other issues affecting those starting ahead of them they slowly made their progress towards the podium.
Reigning GT3 champions Adam and Johnston finished the day in sixth despite a half spin as Johnstone tried to pass the Ferrari of Bhirombhakdi.
Despite the spin for the #33 Barwell Lamborghini they increase their lead to 12 points back to Parfitt Jnr and Morris. Further back Mitchell and Littlejohn now enjoy third in the championship after yet another podium.
GT3 winners Team Parker Racing (pic British GT)
Tolman Motorsport started the race from pole position with Osborne at the wheel. A great fast opening stint mixed with a lower minimum pitstop meant that his team mate, Pattison, had a great opportunity to stay in front of the chasing GT4’s. Pattison was passed though by Academy Motorsport’s Moore but due to a too short a pitstop the Aston Martin had to serve a stop/go penalty.
Behind the Tolman McLaren Ebor GT Maserati with Matthew Graham at the helm was making grounds. Starting from the back of the grid was right up there before the pit stop window. The Ebor GT outfit though had to endure an extra 24s in the pits due to their win in race 1 and being a Silver Cup entry. Charlie Fagg duly emerged back in eighth once the stops had all been completed.
After some quick laps Fagg was on the back of the Tolman McLaren and made his move into the lead. On the final lap HHC Motorsport and Will Tregurtha found its way past the McLaren and into second place.
As the Ebor GT outfit are only on a race-by-race entry they couldn’t claim the points towards the championship. The 25 points (for winning) therefore went to the HHC Motorsport pairing go Tregurtha and Middleton. This meant that the duo now move from third into the lead of the GT4 championship. The lead though is slender (2.5 points) back to Reed and Pittard who finished the race in sixth place. Reigning GT4 Champions now move into third in the championship.
GT4 winners Ebor GT (pic British GT)
The next race is at Brands Hatch on the GP loop August 5/6
(Feature image British GT/Jakob Ebrey Photography)