The British GT headed to Brands Hatch for the fifth round of the championship last weekend. Last time out at Snetterton – almost two months ago – the two races of the weekend were won by No 1. Oman Air Motorbase Porsche 997GTS R and No 31 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3. With only three races remaining of the championship all was to play for. With only ten points separating the top five crews, 32 cars took to the track for the two hour race.
Following the tragic death of Allan Simonsen who lost his life in June at the 24 hour Le Mans the first row of the grid was kept clear for the British GT Race and a 60 second tribute carried out prior to the race. All the cars who took part in the race carried a uniquely designed motif in his honour as well as some teams honouring him in their own way.
No 888 BMW Z4 started in pole position, within a lap 007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 had soon shot into the lead. This lead was held for the first fifteen minutes, 4 seconds ahead of the second place car. No 40 G55 Ginetta GT3 soon moved up into second place and within minutes was attacking the front. The Ginetta shot past the No 007 Aston Martin to take the lead but soon came off the track and into the gravel. No 40 Ginetta managed to re-enter the race but had dropped back into sixth place.
At the half way mark of the race and after all cars had pitted the race was lead by No 007 Aston Martin in the lead which was ahead by just under 3.5 seconds. Second place was No 9 VonRyan Racing McLaren 12C GT3 and No 70 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 in third.
The No 007 Aston Martin lead for the rest of the race to take victory ahead of No 009 VonRyan Racing McLaren 12C GT3, No 79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4, No 888 Optimum Racing BMW Z4 GT3 and Fortec Motorsports Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 in fifth.
There were quite a few retirements within the race, one of which was No 19 Team LNT Ginetta which retired with a damaged radiator. The Ginetta had to overcome a flying door which had smashed their windscreen soon before the retirement. With only six minutes No 19 FF Corse Ferrari also retired. The Championship leaders prior to the race were forced to retire with gearbox issues which lead to a change to the championship standings.
Trackspeed had a bad day at the office this weekend with No 32 Trackspeed Porsche having to retire with a melted rear tyre. This was caused by bodywork damage which pushed the exhaust into the tyres.
The two hour race was full of drama and excitement, with No 31 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3R’s team manager being called into race control after Ashbourne pitted the Porsche at the wrong end of pitlane. No 80 Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 collided with No 53 Complete Racing Aston Martin GT4, Abra who was driving No 80 Aston was unable to rejoin the race and had to be recovered but No 53 Complete Racing Aston was able to rejoin as it was on the edge of the gravel.
With only two races remaining the top championship standings have flipped and No 007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is currently leading the championship. Once again this can all change as they head to Zandvoort on September 6th-8th
1 No 007 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 – 2:00:54.933
2 No 9 VonRyan Racing McLaren MP412C +9.054
3 No 79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 +9.83
4 No 888 888 Optimum BMW Z4 GT3 +10.149
5 No 14 Fortec Motorsports Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 +11.577
6 No 25 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra + 14.053
7 No 1 Oman Air Motorbase Porsche 997GT3 R +26.988
8 No 13 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 +34.999
9 No 6 PGF- Kinfaun Aston Martin Vantage GT3 +38.732
10 No 8 888 Optimum BMW Z4 GT3 +1 lap
11 No 78 Barwell Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3+1 lap
12 No 40 CWS 4X4 Spares G55 Ginetta GT3 +2 laps
13 No 33 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 R +2 laps
14 No 5 Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra +4 laps
15 No 44 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 +6 Laps
16 No 69 APO Sport Ginetta G50 +6 Laps
17 No 50 Redgate Lifetime Racing Ginetta G50 +7 Laps
18 No 53 Complete racing Aston Martin GT4 +9 Laps
19 No 19 FF Corse Ferrari 458 Challenge +10 laps
20 No 80 Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 +18 laps
21 No 29 FF Corse Ferrari 458 Challenge +20 laps
22 No 43 Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 +21 Laps
No 41 Mtech Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 78 laps
No 45 Blendini Motorsport Ginetta G50 69 laps
No 16 Team LNT G55 Ginetta GT3 68 laps
No 18 FF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 67 laps
No 22 Perci- Spark McLaren MP412C 59 laps
No 11 PE Group Blendini Motor Audi R8 LMS
No 23 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra 48 laps
No 24 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra 34 laps
No 32 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 R 27 laps
No 31 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3