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Matthew Graham To Join Equipe Verschuur For GT4 European Series At Brands Hatch (04.05.17)

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Matthew Graham, currently driving alongside Marcus Hoggarth in the In2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 in the 2017 British GT Championship, has announced that he will join Dutch team Equipe Verschuur for the GT4 European Series Northern Cup meeting at Brands Hatch on May 6 and 7.

Equipe Verschuur was established in 1978 and drivers who have worked with the team include Jos Verstappen and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Graham will be driving Team Verschuur’s McLaren 570S GT4 and the deal will allow him to develop his understanding of a car which is widely regarded as one which demands the very best of a driver.

Graham’s driving partner for the weekend will be Hungarian driver Csaba Mor.

The Northumbrian driver is excited about the opportunity to drive with Mor and Equipe Verschuur.

“It’s a nice surprise to be racing with Equipe Verschuur this weekend, which has come about quite suddenly and I’m looking forward to getting more miles in a McLaren and racing in a quality field,” said Graham. “Csaba is a high calibre driver and he did very well in the first round in Misano, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do together at Brands.

“The McLaren is an excellent car and I’m learning more about getting the most from it the more time I spend at the wheel, so to be out as part of this team is going to be a very beneficial experience.”

The lights go out for the first hour-long race of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup at 10:15 on Sunday May 7 with the second race at 14:25.

Parfitt Jnr and Morris / Team Parker Racing Win Round 3 Of 2017 British GT Championship After Review (01.05.17)

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The #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental piloted by Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris was declared the winner of Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship after a review which saw the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3 demoted to second.

In a finish that had many spectators scratching their heads, the #21 Spirit of Ferrari F488 GT3, driven to the finish by Matt Griffin, crossed the line over 25 seconds ahead of Seb Morris in the Bentley after being waved through from behind the safety car. The race neutralisation had been brought about after Matt Chapman, in the #63 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Ginetta G55 GT4, spun at Turn 4 and had to be recovered.

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The #21 Spirit of Race found itself leading but with a 5-second penalty to serve due to track-limit violations by Duncan Cameron. As a result, it was assumed that the safety car had not picked up the race leader, which would have been Morris in the #31 Spirit of Race entry. It was also assumed that the penalty would be served retrospectively, relegating the #21 down the order.

However, confusion continued when, after the #21 entry had been waved through, it still continued to be shown at the top of the timing screens.

Many observers were assuming, incorrectly, that the #21 Ferrari was not in the running when it was announced that it was, in fact, leading the race despite being waved past the safety car.

As the race finished, the #21 Ferrari was declared the winner, with the #31 Bentley second and the #23 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage driven by James Littlejohn, taking the final stint, Jack Mitchell in third. To add further drama, however, a message appeared on the timing screens that the first and second placed cars were being investigated after contact.

The revised results were published some three hours after the race had finished, promoting the #31 car to first place and demoting the #21 to second. This was later clarified as being a result of the ‘#21’s avoidable contact with the #31 Bentley and not passing under the safety car.”

An investigation was launched into the circumstances surrounding the finish and enough evidence was found to suggest that the #21 had gained an advantage through avoidable contact with the #31 Bentley but, with the race finished, there was no way of applying an in-race penalty and thus 26 seconds was applied.

Clearly this was a highly unusual situation and one which the series organisers, SRO Motorsports Group, want to avoid in the future.

“What happened today with the Safety Car procedure was very unfortunate but, given the letter of the regulations, not something we could have controlled,” explained Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici. “We follow the MSA’s regulations which state the Safety Car must pick up the race leader which, in the official timing, 2as not the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari. Race Control therefore had no choice but to wave it by.”

“Applying in-race time penalties contributed to this but these are the rules by which we and others race under the MSA’s jurisdiction. Today we found an anomaly, which will be investigated fully. One way or another there must be changes to avoid this situation from ever happening again.””

TF Sport 1-2 On The Grid For Round 3 Of 2017 British GT Championship At Rockingham (29.04.17)

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TF Sport put both its 2017 British GT Championship Aston Martin Vantage GT3s on the front row of the grid for Sunday April 29’s two-hour race.

Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam, fresh from his Blancpain GT Endurance Series Pro-Am victory at Autodromo Nazionale Monza last week, put the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 on pole for Round 3 at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Johnston set the third fastest time in the first session with a 1:17.808, behind Mark Farmer in the sister #11 car and the #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Jack Mitchell. Adam then set the second-fastest time of Q2 with a 1:16.542 to put the 2016 champions on pole.

Qualifying started with the sad news that the #29 2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 would be taking no further part in the weekend’s activities as it had sustained more damage than first thought after its impact with the barrier coming out of the hairpin with Marcus Hoggarth at the wheel.

Second on the grid in the GT3 class was the #11 sister car driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes. Farmer put in a 1:17.704 in Q1 after which Jin Barnes broke into the 1:16s with a 1:16.891 to take second place on the grid by more than half a second on aggregate time from the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 piloted by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen.

Ginettas locked-out the first three positions on the grid in the GT4 class, putting to bed the concern that the mature design would struggle to compete against the contemporary McLaren 570S GT4s.

Pole position in the category was earned by the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by the young driver pairing of William Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton. Both Silver drivers, it was Stuart Middleton, who drove the first stint and set the quickest time of the pair, who set a 1:22.580. Tregurtha then went out and set a 1:22.885 to put the Roecliffe-based team on class pole for Sunday’s two-hour race.

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Second in class was the #51 Lanan Racing entry with the driver pairing of Alex Reed and David Pittard. Pittard was second quickest in Q3 with a 1:22.605 after which Alex Reed set a 1:22.605.

Completing the Ginetta qualifying 1-2-3 were 2016 class champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson in the #501 PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport entry with an aggregated time of 2:46.031.

The lights go out for Round 3 of the 2017 British T Championship at 13:10 on Sunday April 30.

2016 Champion TF Sport Sets Quickest Time In Interrupted FP2 For British GT At Rockingham (29.04.17)

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2016 champions TF Sport set the quickest time in Free Practice 2 for Round 3 of the 2917 British GT Championship in a session that was interrupted twice.

Prior to the interruptions, however, was the news that the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3, which set the quickest time in FP1, would not be out for the session as technical issues had necessitated an engine change.

The session, which started at 11:45, was red-flagged after 25 minutes, to retrieve the beached #42 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in which William Phillips ‘ran out of talent’ at going into Gracelands.

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The session was neutralised a second time with 25 minutes to go after Marcus Hoggarth in the #29 In2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 understeered coming out of the hairpin and put the car sideways into the barrier. The car was recovered back to the garage with early reports of little front-end damage. However with damage to the side to repaired, the team has got significant work to do to get the car prepared for GT4 qualifying at 16:03.

With times that did not match those of the earlier practice session, quickest on the GT3 s was the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in which Jonny Adam set a 1:17.885. Second quickest was the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in which Sam Tordoff set a 1:18.472.

Completing the top three in class was the TF Sport sister car, the #11, in which Jon Barnes set a 1:18.504 as the session drew to a close.

PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport again set the pace in the GT4 category after Graham Johnson set a 1:23.504 before handing the car over to Mike Robinson.

Lanan Racing was second quickest after David Pittard set a 1:23.827 early in the session in the #51 Ginetta G55 GT4.

Joe Osborne completed the top three in class with a 1:24.015 set in the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570s GT4.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:35 while the lights go out for Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship at 13:10 on Sunday April 30.

Barwell Motorsport Sets Early Pace in British GT FP1 At Rockingham (29.04.17)

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The one-hour Free Practice 1 session got underway at Rockingham under grey skies and an ambient temperature of a little over 11 degrees.

Quickest overall was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 which set a 1:17.255 early in the session with Phil Keen at the wheel. Second quickest was the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3 in which Matt Griffin set a 1:17.662 in the first ten minutes.

Third quickest was the sister Barwell Motorsport Huracán, the #6 entry, in which ex-BTCC driver Sam Tordoff set a 1:17.766, again early in the session.

Richard Neary in the #88 Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, was clearly allowing the car to settle down after extensive rebuilding work following the accident in Race 2 at Oulton Park. Neary set a 1:21.044.

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#59 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4, in which Akhil Rabindra set a 1:25.552 (Photo: Paren Raval)

Quickest in the GT4 category were the 2016 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson in the #501 PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 in which Mike Robinson set a 1:23.480.

Second quickest in class was the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 in which Mike Pattison, who drove for the complete session, set a 1:23.811.

Completing the top three in GT4 was the #66 Team Parker Racing-run Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Scott Malvern and Nick Jones both had seat time during the session with Malvern setting a 1:23.884 in the first ten minutes.

Free Practice 2 gets underway for a further one-hour session at 11:45.

The four ten-minute qualifying sessions begin at 15:35 with the GT3 Am drivers on-track for the first session.

Minshaw, Keen & Barwell Motorsport Make It Two Out Of Two At Oulton Park For British GT Championship (17.04.17)

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Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán took maximum points away from Oulton Park as they wrapped up victory in the second race for the British GT field of the day.

In a race full of incident and one that will be hotly discussed in the paddock, Minshaw brought the #33 Huracán home for the win when the one-hour race was red-flagged following a significant collision between the #88 team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Richard Neary and the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with Ian Loggie at the wheel.

The resulting contact at Hilltop sent the #7 Bentley spinning sharply to driver’s left with the Mercedes left stationary in the centre of the track. Following cars had to take avoiding action to the right, sending cars spinning down the circuit.

After neutralising the race behind the safety-car it was decided that, due to the damage to the safety-barriers, the race should be red-flagged with over ten minutes left to run.

The final result placed the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin, with Derek Johnston at the wheel, in second place, followed by Mark Farmer in the sister #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Chasing the top three up to the point the race was neutralised was Duncan Cameron in the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3. Given the minutes left in the race, Cameron must feel frustrated at the early culmination as the Ferrari was showing its pace with the race drawing to a close and a podium spot was potentially on the cards.

For Team Parker Racing and its pair of Bentley Continental GT3s, Oulton Park will be race the team will want to forget. As the grid assembled, the talk was that, with the success penalty to be taken by the Lamborghini crew and a drying track, this was Team Parker Racing’s to lose. However Seb Morris in the opening stint managed to make contact with his team mate Callum Macleod in the #7 car and was involved in two other incidents so did not hand the car over to Rick Parfitt Jnr in the position they expected.

The final insult was the collision of the #7 which brought out the safety-car, an incident that Ian Loggie laid firmly at the feet of the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

In GT4, the provisional results showed a victory for the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT$ with Alex Reed taking the final stint. Second in class was the #29 In2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 piloted by Marcus Hoggarth.

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In third place in the GT4 class was 2016 GT4 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s, Robinson taking the second stint, #501 PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4. The #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 was leading the class as the red flag went out but was subsequently given a penalty, moving it to seventh in class.

The second round of the 2017 British GT Championship will be held at Rockingham on April 29-30