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ERC Sport Win At Rockingham. HHC Motorsport Takes Victory In GT4. (29.04.18)

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In a race where the final result was decided as much in the Race Control office as it was on track, victory went to the #116 ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Lee Mowle and, taking the car to the chequered flag, Yelmer Buurman.

4.352 seconds behind, in second place, was the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage piloted by Derek Johnston and Marco Sorensen.


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The #7 Team Parker Racing Ltd Bentley Continental GT3 with the driver line-up of Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod completed the top three finishers, 19.4 seconds behind the #17 entry.

In GT4 victory went to the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by Patrick Matthiesen and Callum Pointon with second in class going to the Stephen Johansen / Jess Anttila-piloted #54 UltraTek Racing Team RJN Nissan 370Z GT4.

Taking the final podium position in the GT4 category was the #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin V8 Vantage driven by Will Moore and, taking the second stint, Matt Nicoll-Jones.

Full Race Report to follow.

Barwell Motorsport / Minshaw / Keen On Pole For British GT Round 3 At Rockingham. Tolman Motorsport Ltd Dominate GT4. (28.04.18)

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Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen put the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on pole for Sunday April 29’s Round Three of the 2018 British GT Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway after Minshaw and Keen lapped the Corby circuit in an aggregate time of 3:03.063.

Second on the grid will be the #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage driven by Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam with an aggregate time of 3:03.755. Aston Martin took two of three top positions in qualifying after Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim went third quickest with an aggregate time of 3:05.755 in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

Qualifying got underway in wet but drying conditions and it was Flick Haigh in the #75 Optimum Motorsport who set the early pace with a 1:32.844 set in the closing seconds of the ten-minute session, nearly a full second quicker than Jon Minshaw in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini. The session saw Lee Mowle in the #116 ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3, spin and make contact early in the ten-minute period and unable to set a time. Yelmer Buurman got the#116 entry out in the GT3 Pro session but the #116 will start from the back of the class grid as a result of not setting a time in the Am session.


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With Jonny Adam taking over the #75 entry for the GT3 Pro session, it seemed inevitable that the Wakefield-based team would be enjoying its third pole position of the season. Phil Keen, now behind the wheel of the #33 Barwell entry, had other ideas and put in a 1:29.235, nearly 1.7 seconds quicker than Adam’s best of 1:30.911.

Jon Minshaw made the best use of limited running to put in a quick lap in the Am session.

“I managed one clear flying lap but that was all I needed,” said Minshaw. “But Flick (Haigh) did a great job. I though I’d done it till that last lap. I got baulked coming in to Tarzan and that lap was over.”

Jon Minshaw, however, sees the two-hour race on April 29 as a chance to get some good points but is not hopeful of a victory given the success penalty from Round Two.

“If it’s wet, we may have a chance (of the win). I think, if it’s dry, we will be lucky to be in the top six,” said Minshaw.

Phil Keen was equally happy with pole position

“The track improved for us,” said Phil Keen. “I think it was getting dryer and dryer. Barwell and Jon did a great job with the car.”


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The GT4 class was dominated by the Tolman Motorsport Ltd entries with the #4 and #5 McLaren 570S GT4s topping the time-sheets in the Am session with a 1:35.584 set by Charlie Fagg in the #4 car and a 1:36.98 put in by Lewis Proctor in the #5 entry. Third quickest in the first GT4 qualifying session was the #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 piloted by Ben Green.

Michael O’Brien in the #4 entry and Jordan Albert in the #5 car locked out the front row of the class grid with a 1:35.645 and 1:35.815 respectively to put the #4 entry on class pole with a 3:10.645.

The session did not go all the way of Tolman Motorsport Ltd, however, after David Pattison, behind the wheel of the #56 entry, spun on the entry to Gracelands, briefly causing the Am session to be red-flagged with 07:34 to go.

Charlie Fagg was delighted to get pole for Sunday’s two-hour race.

“I thought ‘we’re on new tyres now. We’ve got to utilise everything we’ve got!’ The car was amazing, straight out of the box, “ said Fagg. “I didn’t have to push too hard or do anything stupid. The track was certainly better than I thought it was going to be.”

The lights go out for Round Three of the 2018 British GT Championship at 13:10 on Sunday April 29.

Notes From The Paddock – British GT Championship Round 3 – Rockingham (28.04.18)

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After a difficult first practice session for the #1 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, 2017 Drivers Champion Rick Parftt Jnr took time to explain the challenges of driving the Bentley in damp conditions.

“We always knew that the Bentley is not the greatest car in the wet. It’s because of the weight distribution.,” said Parfitt Jnr. “It’s 70 – 30 so we have virtually no weight over the rear wheels. In the dry we can get away with it but it’s still highlighted at circuits where it’s stop-start like Snetterton and Donington but here, at Rockingham, it’s OK-ish in the dry but in the wet our time is a long way off.”

“Ryan (Ratcliffe) is still learning the car and I’ve refused to go out because at the moment we’re just not competitive. It’s a real shame but the Bentley is just not the car to have in the wet.”


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After taking victory in Race One at Oulton Park over the Easter Weekend, Race Two did not go according to plan for the #75 Optiumum Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage, driven by Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam, after Adam incurred damage in the extremely wet conditions at the start.

“It had damage to the rear upright so that had to be replaced so we were probably in for a good fifteen minutes,” explained Flick Haigh

“I was really pleased with the result (in race one),” continued Haigh. “We got lucky as Phil Keen in the #33 Lambo was gaining but they ended up with a puncture which gave Jonny a free run to the end. It was just a shame about race two.”

Mark Farmer, partnered with Nicki Thiim in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage, is impressed with his new team-mate but explained that the break with Jon Barnes was not easy.

“Considering his lack of circuit knowledge, he’s pretty impressive,” said Farmer as Thiim continued to improve his lap-times at the Corby circuit.

“I love Jon Barnes to bits. We had a really lengthy and solid partnership and a long time together. Breaking with him was like breaking with a girl-friend – it was really, really tough. But Nicki’s great. He’s world-class and I’m learning quite a bit from him. You just want to get everything around you the best you possibly can and then you know it’s all down to you and that’s where I am at the moment.”

ERC Sport / Buurman / Mowle Go Quickest In British GT FP1 (28.04.18)

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In a wet and cold first practice session of the weekend for the British GT Championship grid at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Yelmer Buurman, driving the #116 ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Lee Mowle, set the quickest time of the 60-minute session with a 1:32.478. Second quickest in the GT3 category was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in which Phil Keen set a 1:32.666

Third quickest in the senior category was the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage with a 1:33.175 set by Nicki Thiim in the car he shares with Mark Farmer.

Tolman Motorsport Ltd showed its strenth in the GT4 category by setting the top three quickest times. The #4 Tolman Motorsport Ltd McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Michael O’Brien and Charlie Fagg was quickest with a 1:37.250 while the #5 entry, driven by Lewis Proctor and Jordan Albert was less than .4 of a second slower with a 1:37.642.

The #56 Tolman McLaren was third quickest in class with a 1:37.728.

FP2, a further 60-minutes session, begins at 11:45 with qualifying starting at 15:25

“I’m Looking Forward To A Very Productive Weekend” – Team HARD’s Benjamin Wallace Prepares For Rockingham and Round Three Of The 2018 British GT Championship (24.04.18)

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After a positive start to the British GT Championship season at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend, 18-year old Southport-based Benjamin Wallace, driver of the #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4, is looking forward to Round Three at Rockingham International Motor Speedway on April 29.

The Lips Reifen-backed driver recently competed at the Corby circuit in the opening round of the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship, with team-mate Graham Roberts, finishing fifth and sixth in class over the two races.

“Competing in Britcar definitely benefited me in learning the track in the Ginetta,” said Benjamin. “The VW Golf I had driven before at Rockingham was a very different proposition so it was interesting driving the circuit in a rear-wheel drive car. It complimented the simulator training that I’ve been doing so I feel that my preparation for this important race has been good.”

Benjamin will be keeping a close eye on tyres this weekend, given the weather forecast of changeable conditions.

“There is a risk that it might be raining throughout the whole weekend so tyre wear may not be as much of an issue’” said Benjamin. “It could all change in the next few days however. Even if it’s wet we still have to manage the tyres so it will be interesting.”

#88 a.a. 18.04.24

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Round Three of the British GT Championship will be Benjamin’s third two-hour race.

“Aside from Britcar two weeks ago, my previous two-hour race was at Brands Hatch last season,” said Benjamin. “However my recent experience at Rockingham has increased my confidence hugely and I’m feeling very positive about returning to Corby with Team HARD. The grid will be packed and there are a lot of good drivers in the championship but I’ve prepared well and I’m looking forward to a very productive weekend.”

The lights go out for Round Three of the 2018 British GT Championship at 13:10 on April 29.

Benjamin Wallace And Graham Roberts Enjoy Positive Weekend At Rockingham (15.04.18)

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Benjamin Wallace, driver of the #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 in the 2018 British GT Championship, was joined by 2017 Fun Cup UK champion, Graham Roberts, for the opening round of the 2018 Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby On April 13 – 14.

Roberts will be contesting selected rounds of the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship while Wallace is focusing on his first full-season in the premier national GT championship. The Southport-based driver, however, saw the weekend as preparation for Round Three of the British GT Championship, which visits Rockingham on April 28 – 29.
The weekend consisted of practice, qualifying and two races on Saturday April 14 – a 50-minute sprint and a two-hour race, replicating the race length for the British GT Championship.

Benjamin Wallace and Graham Roberts qualified 5th in class and finished in the same position in Race One. In Race Two the #88 Team HARD pairing finished seventh in the Endurance Classification.

Benjamin Wallace found the weekend was excellent preparation for returning to the Corby circuit in two weeks for the British GT Championship.

“Rockingham was a new circuit for me in the Ginetta G55 GT4 and finding a set-up for the track, with its high-speed banking and twisting, bumpy infield sections, is challenging,” said Wallace. “As a result, the weekend has definitely helped us to prepare for the British GT weekend. We found some set-up solutions and the track-time helped me build up my experience in the car, especially at this circuit.”

#88 BC a.a. 18.04.14

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Commenting on his team-mate for the weekend, Benjamin Wallace was delighted at how quickly he formed a working relationship with Graham Roberts.

“Graham was quickly on the pace,” said Wallace. “We both had the same challenges with the Ginetta, Graham probably more so because he’s only driven the car twice. It was a new experience for us both.”

Wallace is now confidently looking forward to returning to Rockingham in two weeks with the British GT Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to the British GT weekend,” he said. “The Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship experience was very positive. We probably found out more about the car and the circuit then we expected to so it was definitely the best preparation ahead of returning in two weeks time.”

Round Three of the 2018 British GT Championship, a two-hour race, takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on April 29.