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TF Sport Tops Time-Sheets in British GT FP1 (23.09.17)

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In a session that saw many teams waiting for improving track conditions, TF Sport put its cars first and second on the time-sheets in GT3.

Jon Barnes, behind the wheel of the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, put in a 1:27.928 on his 19th lap of the 2.481 mile (3.992 kms) Donington Park circuit to go quickest in a time that was only .3 seconds behind Jonny Adam’s pole position time of 1.27.602 set in 2016.

Second quickest in the 60-minute session was 2016 GT3 champion Jonny Adam in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 he shares with Derek Johnston. Adam set a 1:28.359

GT3 championship contenders Barwell Motorsport and Team Parker Racing vied for third and fourth quickest with the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 setting a 1:28.846 in the hands of Jon Minshaw who came out late in the session in the car he shares with Phil keen.

Rick Parfitt was fourth quickest with a 1:29. 266 in the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3.

Both Barwell Motorsport and Team Parker Racing have been increasing the psychological pressure on each other by saying that they are relaxed coming into the final round as all the pressure is on opposing team. Parfitt in the #31 Team Parker Racing entry has been quick to point out that the 20-second success penalty incurred by the team will make it virtually impossible to beat the Lamborghini. Barwell Motorsport, however, has been suggesting that the grip and pace of the Bentley Continental GT3 means that, barring something unforeseen (or wet conditions, which are not forecast for the weekend), the championship is out of reach for them.

Post-practice, Rick Parfitt reiterated the challenge that lay ahead for he and Morris.

“To everybody who’s here and watching, I would say ‘Don’t believe anything that Barwell are saying’ because, the fact is, they’ve got a 20-second advantage,” said Parfitt. “We are as chilled as can be because, you know, it’s like saying ‘go off and have a 20-second advantage’. It’s one of things. It’s highly unlikely we can make that up. The fact is, all we can do is go as hard as we can and that’s it. There is no other way.

“The pressure’s absolutely on Jon (Minshaw),” continued the Bentley driver. “We can just tonk around and finish second, third, fourth. They have to win – it’s as simple as that. And so that’s our strategy. We’re going to go as quick as we can. We’re going to take our 20 seconds and we’ll see where it ends up.”

As an amateur driver combing his racing with his day-job of performing with his band, the RPJ Band, the last few days have been demanding.

“I’ve gigged the last two nights and have had less than six hours sleep so I haven’t got the energy to be nervous or anxious. To be honest, the team are so brilliant the car feels absolutely joyous. I’m just enjoying it.”

Quickest of the GT4 field was the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 of David Pittard and Alex Reed, with Reed setting a 1:37.323.

In a packed programme at Donington Park, the British GT field goes out for FP2 12:30 with qualifying beginning at 16:25.

2017 British GT Championship Reaches Season Finale At Donington (19.09.17)

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The 2017 British GT Championship enters its final round with a two-hour race for Round Ten at Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby on Sunday September 24.

The British GT season has witnessed some great racing across both classes with the championship visiting iconic circuits such as Brands Hatch GP, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and Snetterton.

The entry list for the final round has some changes from the grid we saw last time out at Brands Hatch.

JRM Advanced Engineering Ltd joins the GT3 grid with the its #08 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driven by Spa GT4 winner Charlie Fagg and Ben Green.

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Team Parker Racing’s Parfitt And Morris Win At Brands Hatch To Take Championship Lead (06.08.17)

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Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris, driving the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 took a commanding victory in Round Nine of the 2017 British GT Championship, to take the lead in the GT3 Drivers Standings.

Second across the line was the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Liam Griffin and, taking the car to the finish, ex-BTCC driver Sam Tordoff.

Third in the GT3 class was the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 piloted by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes.

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Minshaw And Keen Reign In The Rain At Brands Hatch (05.08.17)

Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, driving the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 took pole-position on a wet track at Brands Hatch for Round Nine of the 2017 British GT Championship. Starting alongside Minshaw and Keen will be the #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn.

Third quickest in the GT3 category was the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with the driver pairing of Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn.

Prior to the 55-minutes qualifying session, the Kent circuit had been drenched with a downpour, accompanied by a storm, that started at 14:00. As a result the track was wet as the lights went green for the start of GT3 Am 10-minute session. No further rain, however, meant that the track was getting progressively drier with lap-times falling as a result.

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Adam / TF Sport Set Pace In British GT FP2 (05.08.17)

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2017 Le Mans and Blancpain GT champion Jonny Adam set the pace in FP2 for Round Nine of the 2017 British GT Championship. The reigning GT3 champion set a 1:25.864 around the GP Brands Hatch GP circuit in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 on his final flying lap of the session after he crossed the line two seconds before the chequered flag was shown.

Second fastest in the session was Phil Keen in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with a 1:26.122 set early in a session that was interrupted by two Red Flags. The first was shown when the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 went off at Turn Five, Hawthorns, with Callum Macleod at the wheel. The session was only briefing suspended and the #7 car suffered no significant damage.

The second Red Flag occurred with 35 minutes to go when Mark Farmer, driving the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage, had an excursion into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend. There was no damage to the car and, following recovery, Jon Barnes put in the third fastest time of the session with a 1:26.129.

Topping the time sheets in the GT4 class was the William Tregurtha / Stuart Middleton #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 which put in a 1:32.828. Second quickest was the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 with a 1:32.946.

Qualifying begins at 16:25 with the GT3 Am drivers qualifying first in the four ten-minute sessions. The weather forecast is looking highly unpredictable leading up to the qualifying sessions.

British GT Championship Visits Brands Hatch For Penultimate Round (02.08.17)

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The 2017 British GT Championship visits Brands Hatch in Kent on August 5 and 6 for Round Nine, the penultimate round, as the season draws to a conclusion next month at Donington.

31 cars will take to the grid for a two-hour race on the full GP circuit, 10 in the premier category and 21 in the GT4 class.

An addition to the GT3 grid is the #19 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT3 which will be piloted by Tom Hibbert and Ben Tuck. Hibbert has considerable experience in Ginettas and currently sits in third place in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Tuck has less experience in the marque but has driven a Ginetta  G55 GT4 in GT Cup this year.

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