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Dominant Performance From Barwell Motorsport At Opening Round of 2017 British GT Championship. (17.04.17).

Photo Above: Britishgt.com/Jakob Ebrey

Great Bookham-based Barwell Motorsport opened the 2017 British GT Championship season with a dominant performance, finishing 1 -2 at Oulton Park in a race that tested the abilities of amateur drivers and team strategists alike.

First across the line in a race that it led from the opening seconds was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with Phil keen at the wheel, Jon Minshaw having started the race. Second was the sister #6 Huracán in which GT rookie, although highly experienced sprint racer, Sam Tordoff fended off the eventual third place GT3 finisher, Jonny Adam in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Nobody seemed to want to win the G4 class, with stop-go penalties being handed out for short pit-stops by the Race Director, and it was the #72 track-club McLaren 570S GT4 that took the class win with Adam Mackay at the wheel, fellow driver Adam Balon having taken the opening stint.

Second in the GT4 class was the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 with Stuart Middleton taking the chequered flag. Third in class was the #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 drive by Matt Nicoll- Jones, who took the car to the finish, and Will Moore.

The one-hour race started in the wet with pole-sitter Rick Parfitt Jnr in the #31 Bentley Continental GT3 having no answer to the pace in the wet of the #33 Barwell Motorsport entry with Jon Minshaw at the wheel. The Lamborghini quickly pulled out a 4-second which it continued to increase to over 26 seconds by the time the pit-window opened.

By the time the pit-window was closed and the driver changes had cycled through, the two Barwell Motorsport entries were lying first and second with the 2016 GT3 champions TF Sport in the #1 Aston Martin Vantage third, Jonny Adam having taken over from Derek Johnston. Johnston had driven a superb first stint and had taken the #1 Aston Martin from eleventh on the grid at the start to sixth at the driver changes. Adam pushed in the final minutes of the race and closed the gap to Tordoff to just under 3.5 seconds but, coming under pressure from Morris in the #31 Bentley, wisely chose to focus on keeping the third podium slot.

TC a.a. 17.04.17

Photo: Britishgt.com / Jakob Ebrey

The GT4 class was being led by the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 with sandy Mitchell taking the opening stint until issues with the left rear wheel at the pit-stop forced a delay at the driver change.

The #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT4 with Matt Nicoll-Jones driving took the class lead but was served a stop-go penalty for spending too little time in the pits at the driver change. The #72 track-club McLaren 570S GT4 also suffered the same fate. However the lead that the #72 car had established meant that it retained the lead, even after the penalty had been served, and went on to take the class win.

The second race of the afternoon takes place at 15:30

Jonny Adam Looking Forward To New Season With Derek Johnston And TF Sport in British GT Championship (28.03.17)

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Two-time British GT Champion in the GT3 class, Jonny Adam was speaking at the Media Day for the launch of the 2017 season for the premier national GT championship.

Adam, partnered for the second year with Derek Johnston in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, is not going into the new season thinking it will be an easy ride.

“It’s going to be difficult,” said Adam. “Last year we had a great season with TF Sport and a new teammate last year with Derek. It was a great season with great success but this year it will be really difficult. I think everyone’s upped their game over the winter. There’s a new tyre with Pirelli. We’ve done a lot of testing with this tyre and it seems to suit the Aston quite well. What we want is consistency. We won the championship last year, yes, but we didn’t have the consistency in the middle part of the year so our focus is to have that throughout.

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British GT Championship ‘Very Happy’ With Grid For 2017 (28.03.17)

Photo Above: Andy Lloyd

The 2017 British GT Championship was launched at Snetterton on Tuesday March 28 to a foggy start. That didn’t reduce the enthusiasm, however, for the teams, media and spectators who assembled at the Norfolk circuit for the traditional season launch of the premier national GT series.

Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship Manager, explained the evolutions that the championship had undergone during the winter break.

“We want to keep the platform stable so we don’t need to change the format too much. What is important is that we have live TV this year,” explained Franassovici. “SRO is investing in live TV and we will be live for six rounds out of seven. Spa will be streamed live. Front Runner TV will be hosting our programme and they’re very proactive. We look forward to producing a great programme for this new channel. We will be on Channel 4 as usual as we have been the last ten years.”

Franassovici explained some of the sporting changes that have taken place.

“We’ve increased track-time during free practice targeted at the gentleman driver and the (Am) two-hour race format driving time has been increased from 50 minutes to 60.”

The Championship Manager is also delighted at the entry list for the 2017 season.

“We’re again at capacity,” said Franassovici. “We’re very excited to see that GT3 is doing very well. Some people during the winter were saying that it was dead. That is not the case. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes ensuring that the platform is there and you can see that we have twelve cars there full-season which is very healthy. We will have some cars joining us on a race-by–race basis so we are very pleased.”

AmDtuning.com #30 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Photo: Andy Lloyd)
AmDtuning.com #30 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Photo: Andy Lloyd)

“It’s great to have new models joining British GT,” said Franassovici. “We have the new Mercedes joining us with AmDtuning.com and Team ABBA. We also have the new Ferrari F488 which will be run as Spirit of Race. There are two Bentleys for Team Parker Racing and Barwell Motorsport with their two very popular Lamborghinis. We’re very happy to have Derek Johnston back fighting for his title.”

“So GT3 is doing very well and will continue to do so.”

“In GT4 we have McLaren coming with six cars which is a great achievement from their side. It’s a popular car. Then we also have the return of Nissan in GT4. I’m very happy to have the variety and numbers across two classes which are both very healthy.”

The season-opening round of the 2017 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17