➤ A thrilling Brands Hatch race has set up a five-way battle for the British GT GT3 title at the #DoningtonDecider next month, with six crews also in contention for the GT4 crown.
➤ The second win of the season for Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson has put them in a prime position heading into Donington – where they won earlier in the season – with the TF Sport pair six points behind championship leaders Adam Balon and Phil Keen. 5.5 points further back in third is the second Barwell Motorsport pair of Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker. Outside bets, each 33.5 points behind Balon & Keen, are Optimum pairing Ollie Wilkinson and Bradley Ellis, as well as Balfe Motorsport’s Shaun Balfe and Rob Bell.
➤ A post-race penalty for a pitstop infringement has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons in GT4 with erstwhile front-runners Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell are now third in the standings, 12 points behind new leaders Tom Canning and Ash Hand in the TF Sport Aston Martin GT4. Second, 8.5 points off the top spot, is Dean Macdonald and Callum Pointon in the HHC McLaren 570S. Fourth and fifth are the two Tolman McLarens while Martin Plowman and Kelvin Fletcher still have a mathematical chance of snatching the title away in sixth.
➤ The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that took Adam and Davidson to victory was the same chassis that took the Oman Racing Team by TF Sport crew of Salih Yoluc, Charlie Eastwood, Ahmad Al Harthy and Nicki Thiim to Pro-Am victory at the Spa 24 Hours. After a crash in Thursday practice for Yoluc in the team’s Blancpain car, the British GT car was drafted in as a replacement.
➤ Team Parker Racing will have two cars to repair over the summer break, as the Bentley Continental GT3 that Ryan Ratcliffe crashed at Spa – which he emerged from with just a sore foot – was a separate chassis to the one the team races in British GT, and was unfortunately crashed by Glynn Geddie during the race.
➤ Brake failure was the cause of Will Moore‘s race-ending crash in the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4. He was leading the GT4 class after great pit strategy from the team before his off at Druids.
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➤ Seb Morris had to be soaked in water and taken to the medical centre after he passed out at the end of his stint in the JRM Group Bentley Continental GT3. After a small shunt for Rick Parfitt damaged the ventilation system in the car, temperatures reached more than 40 degrees inside the cockpit of the Bentley.
➤ Angus Fender is expecting to finish the season in the Century Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. He had raced the team’s M4 GT4 until his call up into the GT3 at Brands Hatch. Fender told GT REPORT he prefers the M6, which is more of a natural evolution from the Ginetta G55 he raced in last season’s Ginetta GT4 Supercup. The familiarity seemed to pay off for him, as the #9 scored its first podium of the season.
➤ Fender’s move to the M6 means Jack Mitchell has had four team-mates this year, with his slated full-season co-drover Adrian Willmott only completing the opening round at Oulton Park. Tom Gamble filled the seat at Snetterton, with JM Littman competing at Silverstone, Donington and Spa.
➤ Beechdean AMR’s Valentin Hasse-Clot, who joined the team for the first time at Brands, will complete the season with the Aston Martin squad. The ADAC GT Masters driver started the season with ProSpeed Competition in its Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
➤ Adam Christodoulou missed the penultimate round in the Team ABBA Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 as he elected to compete for the manufacturer in the VLN. The Brit explained he’s focusing on the Nürburgring races to get as much preparation as possible for next year’s 24 Hours after a ‘complete disaster’ this year.
He added: “After the 24 Hours, AMG asked me to race here [VLN] and as the 24 Hours didn’t go to plan at all – it was a complete disaster for our car – I thought I’d best get back to the ‘Ring. Otherwise it would’ve been the last race of the season and we would’ve done no additional testing here. I think it’s important because we’re always looking to the future and we want to make sure we’re in the best position possible.
Christodoulou’s place was taken by Tom Onslow-Cole for Brands, but Christo should be back for the finale at Donington.
➤ British GT’s final round is the now traditional #DoningtonDecider on September 14&15. The last time the title fight didn’t go down to the wire was in 2010 when Trackspeed’s David Ashburn scooped the crown at the penultimate round.
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