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TF Sport Locks Out Front Row For British GT Final Round. #31 Bentley / #33 Lamborghini On Second Row. (23.09.17)

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TF Sport will occupy the front row of the grid for Sunday September 24’s final round of the 2017 British GT Championship after Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes lapped in a cumulative 2:55.337 to take pole in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

2016 Champions Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam, driving the #1 Aston, will join the sister car on the front row when they lapped in a cumulative 2:55.821.

2017 GT3 protagonists Barwell Motorsport and Team Parker Racing will start September 24’s 120-minute race alongside each other on the second row. Phil Keen, in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3, put in a 1:27.376 in the dying seconds of the 10-minute GT3 Pro session to snatch third on the grid with a cumulative 2:56.109 with driving partner Jon Minshaw.

The #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 of Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris will start from fourth on the grid with a cumulative 2:56.170.

Jon Barnes brought the #11 TF Sport entry into the pits with minutes left to go in the GT3 Pro qualifying session, so confident was he that his 1:27.125 could not be improved upon.

The #11 driving partnership of Barnes and Farmer was delighted at their pole position.

“We’re really pleased. Mark came here on his own last Thursday and had a really good test and he’ll have to come and test on his own again because he’s obviously quick when I’m not here!” joked Jon Barnes. “It’s just fantastic. Mark pulled a really good time out of the bag – a low 1:28 as an Am round here is really awesome. I’m pleased from my own point of view because I haven’t been in the car for seven weeks so both of us can be really pleased with our day’s work and hopefully we can continue it into tomorrow.”

2016 Champion Derek Johnston is looking forward to some competitive racing for Sunday September 24’s season finale and doesn’t expect any team orders from TF Sport.

“No, not at all,” said Johnston. “We’re all ready to race. If there’s an opportunity for me to pass, for sure that’s what ‘m going to do. I’m not going to do anything stupid, obviously.”

The lights go out for the final round at 13:30 local time on Sunday September 24.

TF Sport 1 – 2 In British GT FP2 (23.09.17)

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Jonny Adam, behind the wheel the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, topped the time-sheets in FP2 of the final round of the 2017 British GT Championship, with a 1:27.884 on his last lap of the 60-minute session.

TF Sport made it a 1-2 in FP2 after Jon Barnes had set a 1:27.897 in the #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 he shares with Derek Johnston.

If Aston martin were 1 – 2 at the top of the time-sheets, then Lamborghini were 3-4 after Sam Tordoff went third quickest in the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with a 1:28.187. The sister #33 championship contender Barwell Motorsport entry was fourth quickest with a 1:28.197 set by Phil Keen.

The competing GT3 championship contender, the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, set a 1:28.884 in the hands of Rick Parfitt to make it seventh quickest in the second of the two morning sessions.

Quickest of the GT4 field was the #55 HH Motorsport Ginetta G55 Gt4 in which William Tregurtha set a 1:36.344 in the car he shares with Stuart Middleton.

Conditions at Donington Park continue to improve although the sky remains grey and overcast. No rain is forecast until the evening.

The first of the four qualifying sessions gets underway at 16:25 later in the afternoon.

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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