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Team Parker Racing Earns PMW Expo Team Of The Weekend Award

After the massive effort to get the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 on to the grid for May 1’s second round of the British GT Championship, the team has been awarded the ‘PMW Team of the Weekend Award’.

The Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, driven by Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, sustained damage after Parfitt was caught out on oil exiting Gracelands in FP1. The resulting impact was measured at 4g and the damage, for many teams, would have resulted in the car being retired for the weekend. Not so for Team Parker Racing.

“The impact punched two holes in the chassis and took almost the entire right-hand side out,” explained Team Principal Stuart Parker, in an interview with Motorsport news. “We had to change both bumpers, the front cooling pack, both corners and repair the chassis. The carbon fibre specialist was working until 7.00am on the bodywork.

The car had lost none of its pace in the race on Sunday when Parfitt drove through up to fourth overall and set the fastest Am lap time. Penalties, however, resulted in the #31 car ultimately finishing 10th.

The third round of the 2016 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on May 29 and 30.

Dramatic Close For Round Two Of British GT GT4

A post-race penalty saw the #73 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 excluded from the race result and the #407 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert declared winners.

The race saw the #73 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by Anna Walewska and Nathan Freke take the class win after starting from 27th and last place on the grid. Century Motorsport were looking forward to enjoying a double podium celebration as the #40 Ginetta driven by Sean Byrne and Aleksander Schjerpen took third place.

The #407 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert took second at the chequered flag. However a dramatic post-race penalty saw the #73 car excluded from the results for overtaking under a yellow flag.

The #50 PMW World Expo / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by Graham Johnson led the GT4 grid off the line, followed by the #40 Century Motorsport Ginetta driven by Sean Byrne. Sandy Mitchell took the first stint in the #50 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 570S GT4.

After 30 minutes Johnson still held his class lead in the #50 car while Mitchell in the #50 McLaren had got up to second in class, followed by William Phillips in the #45 RCIB INSURANCE RACING Ginetta G55 GT4. A solid drive by Anna Walewska had got the #73 Cenury Motorsports Ginetta G55 GT4 up to 8th in class.

After the driver changes had cycled their way through, GT4 was led by Ciaran Haggerty in the #59 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 570S GT4 followed by Abbie Eaton in the #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC GT4 and the #44 Generation AMR Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Jamie Chadwick. The #50 PMW World Expo / Optimum Motorsport had previously retired, much to the disappointment of the Wakefield-based team.

Nathan Freke, in the #73 Century Motorsport Ginetta GT4, was moving fast through the field, however, and took the lead in GT4 with less than 30m minutes to go, a position he was not to relinquish.

The post-race penalty, however, and the subsequent exclusion of the #73 car saw the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by Alex Reed and Joey Foster promoted to the third and the #407 car announced as class winners.

The next round of the British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on May 29 and 30.

TF Sport Makes It Two In A Row In British GT GT3

The #17 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 driven by Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam took the top step of the podium after the team led from pole and drove a controlled race.

In second place was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán of Jon Mishaw and Phil Keen. Completing the podium positions was the #1 Beechdean Aston Martin V12 Vantage of Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn.

The race started in dry conditions and was slightly warmer than qualifying. Both the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 and the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 were on the grid after both teams had worked flat out to prepare the cars after the #31 sustained damage in practise and the #11 had an engine change. The # 17 TF Sport Aston Martin, driven by Derek Johnston, led from the start and established a gap ahead of the #73 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren 650s GT3 driven by AlasdaIr McCaig and Liam Griffin in the #6 Barwell Motorsports Lamborghini Huracán.

After 20 minutes both Lamborghini Huracáns were justifying their pre-season promise with Liam Griffin in the #6 car up into second and Jon Minshaw in the sister #73 car close behind McCaig in the #70 McLaren 650S GT3.

Rick Parfitt in the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 clearly intended to start where he left off at Brands Hatch by putting in the fastest lap of the race to move the Bentley from 13th to 6th.

Ahead of the pit stop window Johnston continued to hold the lead with Griffin and Minshaw in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghinis in second and third while Parfitt in the #31 Bentley Continental GT3 had moved up to 4th.

Just after the half way mark the race was neutralised with an eight minute safety car period during which the #50 PFL Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 retired due to damage sustained during contact with a GT4 car.

As the race settled back down after pit stops and driver changes, the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, driven now by Jonny Adam, kept the lead with the two Barwell Motorsports Lamborghini Huracáns close behind, the #6 car with Adam Carroll at the wheel and the #33 with Phil Keen driving. Adam was able to pull out a 5 second advantage over Carol before a second safety car period, this time for 2 minutes, allowed the field to bunch up again. Carrol briefly took the lead before a drive-through penalty moved him down to fourth.

Adam, however, was the able to drive comfortably to win by nearly 5 seconds from Phil Keen in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

“We knew we’d need a gap to stand a chance of winning and being on pole gave us that opportunity, “ said Derek Johnston, after the race. “I had to lead into Deene – that was uppermost in my mind – so when I did that I just concentrated on getting my head down. The tyres weren’t quite up to temperature but I knew the first lap would really count. Fortunately that worked and I just kept pushing. I came in to hand over with a decent lead, which ultimately just cancelled out the success penalty.”

The next two rounds of the British GT Championship take place at Oulton Park on the weekend of May 29 and 30.

TF Sport Takes British GT Pole At Rockingham

TF Sport, first round winners at Brands Hatch at the start of the season, took pole in qualifying for Round Two of the British GT Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Jonny Adam put in a best lap of 1:16.075 to build on the 1:17.440 of team-mate Derek Johnston to put the #17 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 at the front of the grid. The #70 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3, driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell, completed the front row with a cumulative time of 2:33.553. McCaig was pleased with the result:

“It doesn’t get much tighter than that,” said McCaig. “We knew coming to Rockingham that the car was quick, and we’ve proved that today. Now we need to make sure we deliver tomorrow.”

2015 Drivers Champion Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn qualified third in the #1 Beechdean Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with a cumulative time of 2:34.213.

Absent from GT3 qualifying, which took place in cool but dry conditions, was the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3. The team took pole in Round One at Brands Hatch and led for much of the race before the lengthy Code 80. The car sustained damage in FP1 too severe to repair in time for qualifying. Team Parker Racing is focusing its efforts on getting the pace-setting Bentley Continental GT3 on the grid for the race on Sunday.

In GT4 Ginettas enjoyed a second front row lock-out but this time Century Motorsport and PMW World Expo / Optimum Motorsport switched positions from the round one grid. The #50 Ginetta G55 GT4 of Wakefield-based PMW World Expo / Optimum Motorsport took pole with Mike Robinson putting in a 1:22.210, 7 tenths quicker than his team-mate Graham Johnson. The #40 Century Motorsport Ginetta of Sean Byrne and Aleksander Schjerpen was second, 1.1 seconds, on cumulative time, behind the #50 car.

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse was delighted with Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty’s pace in the GT4 qualifying sessions. The #59 Mclaren 570s GT4 will start from third on the grid in class, complimenting the second place in qualifying of their GT3 team-mates.

Century Motorsport was frustrated with the #73 Ginetta G55 GT4 which stopped on the circuit while Anna Walewska was qualifying. Despite being recovered to the garage, the team was unable to get the car back on track in time to allow Nathan Freke to set a time. As the pace-setting car in FP1 and 2, the team will be looking to move quickly through the pack during the race.

The lights go out for the start of two-hour Round Two of the British GT Championship at 13:00 on May 1.

Motorbase Performance Ready For British GT Round Two At Rockingham

Following a huge accident at Brands Hatch during the season opener for the 2016 British GT Championship, Motorbase Performance has worked hard to ensure that its #8 Aston Martin V12 Vantage will be on the grid for the second round at Rockingham on May 1.

Phil Dryburgh, who partners Ross Wylie, in the #8 car, was involved in a massive shunt at Pilgrim’s Drop that saw the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 pitched in the barriers. Thankfully injuries no worse than bruising were sustained by the driver.

“It’s certainly been a busy couple of weeks for Motorbase,” said Team Principal David Bartrum. “Obviously after the disappointment of round one with the car being so heavily damaged, as has been so well documented on TV and social media, it was very important that we rose to the challenge of getting Ross and Phil out at Rockingham.”

“After a lot of hard work from everyone behind the scenes I’m very glad to say that the car will be on track this weekend and we can hopefully get our British GT season off to a more positive start”.

Both Wylie and Dryburgh are excited at the prospect of kick-starting the team’s 2016 British GT season.

“Brands Hatch was a bitter pill for us all to swallow at the season’s opener,” said Wylie. “The team had put together a great race car over the winter which was sadly written off in race one of the season. We were all relieved to see Phil step out of the car with minor injuries and it’s a real testament to Aston Martin Racing and Motorbase Performance for providing us with a safe race car.”

“After the disappointment of Brands I’m looking forward to Rockingham this weekend and getting our 2016 season off the ground,” said Dryburgh. “Even though on paper the Aston isn’t best suited to the circuit, Motorbase took a double podium here last year so we know that it has the pace to perform well if we can stay out of trouble.”

Round two of the British GT Championship, a two-hour race, takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on May 1, starting at 13:00.

Carroll Joins Barwell Motorsport For British GT At Rockingham And Oulton Park

Adam Carroll has joined Barwell Motorsport for Rounds 2 and 3 of the British GT Championship at Rockingham and Oulton Park. He will partner Liam Griffin in the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 which finished third in the first round at Brands Hatch.

Lamborghini-factory driver Fabio Babini had been scheduled to complete the first three rounds with co-driver Griffin. However a busy schedule, which includes the Blancpain GT Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has meant that Babini has had to re-plan his commitments for the early part of the season. Alexander Sims will partner Griffin, as previously announced, from Round 4 at Silverstone and for the rest of season.

A highly experienced driver, Carroll last competed in the British GT Championship in 2015 at Snetterton where he partnered Gary Eastwood in the FF Corse Ferrari 458.

Carroll is competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season in the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR with co-drivers Michael Wainwright and Ban Barker.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with Barwell for the first time in their new Lamborghini,” said Carroll. “Liam and I will make a strong pairing and we should have a good chance of some top results in the next two rounds.”

Rockingham will not be Carroll’s first encounter with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3. With co-driver Darren Nelson, Carroll competed in the first round of the GT Cup Championship at Donington Park, claiming fastest lap and second place.

Round 2 of the British GT Championship takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on May 1.