ABBOTT AND KODRIC TAKE POLE FOR 2 SEAS WITH STUNNING PACE IN BOTH GT3 SESSIONS AND WILLIAMS AND FIELDING TAKE THE GT4 POLE FOR STELLER MOTORSPORT.
GT3: POLE POSITION FOR 2 SEAS MOTORSPORT!!
2 Seas Motorsport returned to the British GT Championship with their new stunning #14 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and showed great pace in the days practice sessions and in qualifying Hunter Abbott and Martin Kodric stormed to Pole Position by topping both GT3 sessions and showed the rest that they are gonna take some beating in this years Silverstone 500.
The #1 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of reigning champion Sandy Mitchell and co-driver Adam Balon join 2 seas on the front row after the #38 TF Sport Aston Martin of Charlie Eastwood and Giacomo Petrobelli were issued with a two place grid penalty for track infringement and the #6 Ram Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman completed the revised top three.
Top Ten: 1st - #14, 2nd - #1, 3rd - #6, 4th - #77, 5th - #38, 6th - #95, 7th - #63, 8th - #7, 9th - #66, 10th - #70.
GT4: WILLIAMS AND FIELDING SECURE POLE FOR STELLER MOTORSPORT.
Richard Williams and Sennan FIELDING delivered when it mattered most when they secured the GT4 POLE despite neither driver setting the overall fastest time in their session.
After a strong end to qualifying it's the #15 Toyota GR Supra GT4 of Scott McKenna and John Ferguson that lines up along side the Steller Motorsport Audi, with the #57 Century Motorsport BMW M4 Gt4 of Will Burns and Gus Burton in 3rd and Darren Turner and Matt Topham making their British Gt race debut together in the Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 starting a strong 4th and the #56 Assetto Motorsport Ginetta starting in 5th place.
Top Ten: 1st - #42, 2nd - #15, 3rd - #57, 4th - #27, 5th - #56, 6th - #9, 7th - #40, 8th - #3, 9th - #90, 10th - #4.
2 SEAS MOTORSPORT WIN THE SILVERSTONE 500 IN STYLE!!
2 Seas Motorsport came back to the British GT with a bang with their new stunning Mercedes-AMG GT3 and they looked untouchable and starting from pole, Hunter Abbott and Martin Kodric showed stunning pace all weekend and despite the overcast conditions, three mandatory pitstops during the three hour race.
After some close racing at the start and during the earlier pitstops, it soon became clear after the final pitstops that the #14 Mercedes-AMG GT3 still had great pace and there was only gonna be one winner and despite getting a final track limits warning in the closing stages, 2 SEAS Motorsport went on to win by over seven seconds.
Things may have been a little different at the front, with the #70 Inception Racing McLaren 720s GT3 showing some great pace in the opening stages whilst in 2nd place and looked like they would be able to fight for the win, but that ended when the #70 McLaren had a coming together when lapping the #25 Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 at Chapel and damaged the McLarens rear suspension.
STUNNING OPENING STINT BY RICHARD NEARY.
An outstanding opening stint for Richard Neary in the #8 Team Abba Racings Mercedes-AMG GT3.
After starting from 10th place Richard Neary was showing some great pace and was soon up to 4th place and it wasn't long before that became 3rd, when he made a great move on the #38 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 at Vale and closed the gap on the car in 2nd place to just 0.2 secs and with that pace they had a good chance of a podium finish.
But that was short lived after their first pitstop when Sam Neary now in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was getting warning on the steering wheel and the car stuck in gear and was soon back in the pits and being pushed back into the garage, what turned out to be a air compressor problem(gearbox).
After some great work by the team the #8 Mercedes-AMG GT3 was back out on track during the latter stages of the race and they were able to use the remaining minutes of the race as a test session.
GREAT RACE FOR BARWELL MOTORSPORT.
Barwell Motorsport gave 2 Seas Motorsport a run for their money in the early stints of the race and despite Leo Machitski in the #63 Lamborghini spinning on the opening lap, the Russian made a remarkable recovery to bring the #63 Lamborghini in contention and when Dennis Lind took over after the first pitstop his relative pace help him close the gap to the leader and he overtook the #14 Mercedes-AMG GT3 after 2 Seas Motorsports first pitstop.
The advantage swung back to 2 Seas Motorsport when the #63 Lamborghini had a 10 second success added to its pitstop for finishing 3rd at brands Hatch resulted in Dennis Lind being 18 seconds behind the leader when he started his final stint.
With the strong pace in the latter stages from the #14 Mercedes-AMG GT3 saw it increase its lead at the front and a battle was now on between the two Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini's to see who finished 2nd.
The battle between the two Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini's went on until the final lap when the pair encountered some GT4 traffic at Maggots and Becketts and that gave Sandy Mitchell in the #1 Lamborghini the opportunity and at Stowe he made a brilliant move around the outside to take 2nd, even though there was a little bit of wheel banging.
GREAT TO SEE TF SPORT BACK!!
TF Sport made a strong to the British GT when their #38 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 driven by Giacomo Petrobelli and Charlie Eastwood finished a strong 4th albeit 27 seconds behind the winners.
Whilst Ram Racing's #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie came home in 5th after losing time during the opening stint whilst avoiding the spinning #70 McLaren.
The #7 Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 of Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard didn't quite have the same pace as the leaders, but did survive being T-Boned by the Enduro Motorsport McLaren and also a 15 second success penalty, but finished a solid 6th place overall, which meant the team remained 2nd in the standings.
HEARTBREAK FOR PADDOCK MOTORSPORT.
Paddock Motorsport looked odds on for a top six finish on their British GT debut before a left-rear driveshaft failure side-lined their #11 Bentley Continental GT3 in the final stint.
TF Sport 2nd Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 shared by Bonamy Grimes and Marco Sorensen started 13th and finished 8th overall.
* Because race winners 2 Seas Motorsport enter race by race, this means the the #1 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini gets awarded maximum points and so on.
GT3 TOP TEN: #14 - #1 - #63 - #38 - #6 - #7 - #95 - #69 - #66M - #5.
DEBUT WIN FOR NEWBRIDGE MOTORSPORT.
Newbridge Motorsport enjoyed a dream British GT debut after coming out on top of a four way fight for the GT4 win.
After playing down the teams chances in this years Silverstone 500 Newbridge Motorsport started in 4th place after impressive qualifying session on Saturday and that gave drivers Darren Turner and Matt Topham a good platform for the race, but they had to overcome strong challenges from BMW, TOYOTA, AUDI.
At the start of the race the #42 Steller Motorsport Audi made a great start and soon opened up a gap of 2.5 seconds within the first half hour of the race, before stopping early to hand the car over to Sennan Fielding and it doing so it look like that they were out of touch with the rest for a lot of the race, but Steller Motorsport had a plan and that was to be fast in the final stint and that plan very nearly worked out.
Brands Hatch winners Will Burns and Gus Burton in the #57 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 took over from the lead, which they stayed for a lot of the race, but they had to deal with the extra 20 second success penalty at the final pitstop plus extra time each silver cup entry must spend in the pits to equalise them with the pro-am crews.
This push both Century Motorsport entries into two very long opening stints, hoping to pull out a big enough gap at the front to negate the penalties or to make the most of any safety car interruptions, but none was forthcoming.
The #15 Toyota GR Supra GT4 of John Ferguson and Scott McKenna had a difficult opening stint and after starting 2nd on the GT4 grid they dropped to just inside the top six, but Scott McKenna's stunning pace in their second stint brought them back into contention.
DARREN TURNER IS ON A CHARGE.
Newbridge Motorsport had a strong opening stint with Matt Topham at the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 and that allowed them to hand the car over to their factory driver Darren Turner who chased down Burton's BMW mid-race and soon made his move for the lead and that gave us a clue that we were in for an exciting end to the race.
Century Motorsport stuck to their long running plan and saved their final two pitstops for the last half-hour run-in, but with no safety car interruption they had no advantage and the team could only watch from the pits as Darren Turner retook the lead in the closing stages.
The drama wasn't over as Williams and Fielding did a great job with their early pitstop strategy to move up the order and ran two seconds behind the leader in the final laps, hoping to make the most should the leader made a mistake, but Darren Turner with all his experience to stay ahead to the flag.
Steller Motorsport's Audi had to be content with silver cup honours.
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK's strong second stint helped them vault past the #57 century Motorsport BMW and with it secured the final podium spot, as Burns and Burton had to settle for 4th place but increased their championship advantage.
The #56 Ginetta of Mark Sansom and Charlie Robertson both drove superbly to finish in 5th place despite an early penalty for a pitstop infringement, ahead of the #9 Century Motorsport in 6th and the #61 Academy Motorsport Ford Mustang of Matt Cowley and Will Moore finished 7th.
GT4 TOP TEN: #27 - #42 - #15 - #57 - #56 - #9 - #61 - #3 - #2 - #25.
- Round 3 of the British Gt is at Donington Park on the 10th / 11th July.