➤ British GT completed two one-hour races at Snetterton over the weekend. It was the second race weekend of the year, following the double header at Oulton Park one month ago.
➤ In GT3, both race wins went to the Barwell Motorsport pairing of Adam Balon and Phil Keen as the duo dominated in their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo. GT4 honours went to Steller Motorsport‘s Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding in the opening encounter, while Tolman Motorsport‘s Lewis Proctor and Jordan Collard took the win in race two.
➤ Adam Christodoulou skipped the Nürburgring 24 Hours Qualfying Race to partner Richard Neary in the Team ABBA Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. However, he’ll head to the Nordschleife for the 24 Hours itself, skipping the British GT round at Donington Park. His replacement at Team ABBA will be Tom Onslow-Cole, who has already tested with Richard Neary.
➤ After electrical dramas cut short the team’s debut with the McLaren 720S GT3 at Oulton Park, Balfe Motorsport bounced back in style with a podium in race 2. Team boss Shaun Balfe said: “I’m really pleased I could deliver a result for the team, McLaren, everyone that’s put the hard work in, and put all of us on the map for British GT now. Although it’s been a weekend of mixed fortunes, I think we’ve demonstrated some good pace. Now I can’t wait for Silverstone!”
➤ Two manufacturers returned to the grid after lengthy absences. Porsche was present for the first time since 2017 as GT Marques entered a 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for Chris Car and Dino Zamparelli.
➤ Audi, meanwhile, has a presence in British GT after two years away, Steller Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS GT4 is the first car sporting the four rings to appear in the championship since Team WRT’s one-off entry with Stuart Leonard and Alain Ferte at the 2017 Spa race.
➤ Watch highlights from race 1 and race 2.
➤ Ram Racing’s Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie missed the weekend with their Mercedes-AMG GT3 after Ian Loggie broke his shoulder following a cycling accident. He’s undergoing physio and is targeting a return for the blue-riband Silverstone 500 next month.
➤ Century Motorsport’s Adrian Willmott is also out for the foreseeable future after aggravating a long-standing neck injury. He was replaced by Tom Gamble at Snetterton to partner Jack Mitchell in what became a Silver Cup entry for the weekend. There’s no word on when Willmott will be back.
➤ G-Cat Racing, which was on the full-season entry list at the start of the year, is expected to finally make its debut at Silverstone. The Porsche 911 GT3R team has been forced to miss both rounds so far through reasons outside of the team’s control.
➤ Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy will be making his first appearance in the championship in five years at Donington Park and the following round at Spa, where he’ll drive a Multimatic Ford Mustang. The Scot will share the car with Ford WEC driver Billy Johnson at Donington, and with Andy Priaulx at Spa – where Priaulx senior will share a team with son Seb. Hoy raced a Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3 in 2014, with a best result of second alongside Alex Buncombe at Spa.
➤ Adam Balon and Phil Keen‘s double-win moves them to the top of the GT3 drivers’ championship standings, 13 points ahead of team-mates Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker who have 67. Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris are 30 points further behind in third after a non-score in the second Snetterton race.
➤ The GT4 drivers’ championship is a lot closer, with HHC Motorsport‘s Dean Macdonald and Callum Pointon on 52 points – just four ahead of race two winners Proctor and Collard. Tom Jackson and Luke Williams are third on 41 points. In the GT4 Silver Cup standings Macdonald, Pointon, Proctor and Collard are all level on 61 points with Williams and Jackson seven behind.
➤ The next race on the calendar is the Silverstone 500, a single, 3-hour race around the former airfield. The blue-riband event takes place on 9 June.