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2016 Champion TF Sport Sets Quickest Time In Interrupted FP2 For British GT At Rockingham (29.04.17)

Photo: Paren Raval

2016 champions TF Sport set the quickest time in Free Practice 2 for Round 3 of the 2917 British GT Championship in a session that was interrupted twice.

Prior to the interruptions, however, was the news that the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3, which set the quickest time in FP1, would not be out for the session as technical issues had necessitated an engine change.

The session, which started at 11:45, was red-flagged after 25 minutes, to retrieve the beached #42 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in which William Phillips ‘ran out of talent’ at going into Gracelands.

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The session was neutralised a second time with 25 minutes to go after Marcus Hoggarth in the #29 In2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 understeered coming out of the hairpin and put the car sideways into the barrier. The car was recovered back to the garage with early reports of little front-end damage. However with damage to the side to repaired, the team has got significant work to do to get the car prepared for GT4 qualifying at 16:03.

With times that did not match those of the earlier practice session, quickest on the GT3 s was the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in which Jonny Adam set a 1:17.885. Second quickest was the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in which Sam Tordoff set a 1:18.472.

Completing the top three in class was the TF Sport sister car, the #11, in which Jon Barnes set a 1:18.504 as the session drew to a close.

PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport again set the pace in the GT4 category after Graham Johnson set a 1:23.504 before handing the car over to Mike Robinson.

Lanan Racing was second quickest after David Pittard set a 1:23.827 early in the session in the #51 Ginetta G55 GT4.

Joe Osborne completed the top three in class with a 1:24.015 set in the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570s GT4.

Qualifying gets underway at 15:35 while the lights go out for Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship at 13:10 on Sunday April 30.

Barwell Motorsport Sets Early Pace in British GT FP1 At Rockingham (29.04.17)

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The one-hour Free Practice 1 session got underway at Rockingham under grey skies and an ambient temperature of a little over 11 degrees.

Quickest overall was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 which set a 1:17.255 early in the session with Phil Keen at the wheel. Second quickest was the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3 in which Matt Griffin set a 1:17.662 in the first ten minutes.

Third quickest was the sister Barwell Motorsport Huracán, the #6 entry, in which ex-BTCC driver Sam Tordoff set a 1:17.766, again early in the session.

Richard Neary in the #88 Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, was clearly allowing the car to settle down after extensive rebuilding work following the accident in Race 2 at Oulton Park. Neary set a 1:21.044.

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#59 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4, in which Akhil Rabindra set a 1:25.552 (Photo: Paren Raval)

Quickest in the GT4 category were the 2016 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson in the #501 PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 in which Mike Robinson set a 1:23.480.

Second quickest in class was the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 in which Mike Pattison, who drove for the complete session, set a 1:23.811.

Completing the top three in GT4 was the #66 Team Parker Racing-run Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Scott Malvern and Nick Jones both had seat time during the session with Malvern setting a 1:23.884 in the first ten minutes.

Free Practice 2 gets underway for a further one-hour session at 11:45.

The four ten-minute qualifying sessions begin at 15:35 with the GT3 Am drivers on-track for the first session.

2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Gets Underway At Monza (20.04.17)

Photo Above: Olivier Beroud / Vision Sport Agency

The second round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series and the first round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, the TM Performance 3 Hours of Monza, takes place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on April 22 – 23.

53 cars are on the entry list for the first three-hour race of the Blancpain GT Series season. There are 30 Pro entries, 18 entries Pro-Am entries and 5 entries in the Am category.

The manufacturer with the most cars on the grid this weekend will Mercedes with 13 examples of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Rabastens, France-based AKKA ASP is bringing four Mercedes-AMG GT3s, two with full Pro driver line-ups and two with Pro-Am line-ups. HTP Motorsport is also entering four AMG GT3s, three with Pro line-ups and one with a Pro-Am line-up. It was the #84 Mercedes-AMG team HTP Motorsport entry which won the opening round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series, the Sprint Cup race at Misano, where the driving duties were shared by Franck Perera and Maximilian Buhk. For the TM Performance 3 Hours of Monza, Buhk and Perera will be joined by Jimmy Eriksson.

Three Mercedes-AMG GT3s have also been entered by Black Falcon and a further two by Team Zakspeed.

Lamborghini and Ferrari are also represented by 10 entries apiece.

Ferrari F488GT3s have been entered by Kessel Racing, Spirit of Race, AF Corse, Kaspersky Motorsport and Rinaldi Racing.

Lamborghini will be hoping that the results seen in the first round of the British GT Championship can be repeated on Italian soil. Two Huracán GT3s have been entered by GRT Grasser Racing Team, both with Pro driver line-ups. Attempto Racing has two Huracán GT3s on the entry list, one with a Pro line-up and one with Pro-Am drivers. Ombra Racing, Raton Racing and Orange 1 team both bring one example apiece. Barwell Motorsport, fresh from a double victory at the opening weekend of the 2017 British GT Championship, has entered two Huracán GT3s, both with Pro-Am line-ups. Adrian Amstutz, Martin Kodric and Patrick Kujala will pilot the #77 entry while Leo Matchitski, Miguel Ramos and Richard Abra will share the driving duties in the #78.

Audi is represented by seven R8 LMS’. All have Pro driver line-ups with the exception of #26 Sainteloc Racing which fields Pro-Am drivers.

Team WRT will have four Audi R8 LMS’ on the grid, the #2 and #5 cars entered by Belgian Audi Club team RT and the #3 and the #17 entries in the name of Team WRT. ISR also has two entries on the grid, the #74 and #74 cars.

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Bentley will have just two Continental GT3s on the grid. Bentley Team M-Sport has entered the #7 car to be driven by Steven Kane, Guy Smith and Oliver Jarvis, fresh from his victory in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 LMP2 at the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The #8 will be driven by Andy Soucek, Maxime Soulet and Vincent Abril. Both Kane and Abril enjoyed success in the Sprint Cup race at Misano where they finished second.

Additionally, in the packed 53-car grid, will be four McLaren 650S GT3s, two Jaguar G3s, two Nissan GT-R GT3s and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Porsche 991 GT3 R and a sole BMW M6 GT3.

There is plenty of track-time for all drivers with a one and a half hour Free Practice session on Saturday at 10:45, a Pre-Qualifying session of similar duration at 16:05, and hour-long Qualifying session on Sunday April 23 at 09:50 with the lights going out for the start of The TM Performance 3 Hours of Monza at 14:45 local time.

The GT3 category was refined and developed by the SRO Organisation and the Blancpain GT Series represents some of the best GT3 racing in the world. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, this is a race-weekend not to be missed.

Minshaw, Keen & Barwell Motorsport Make It Two Out Of Two At Oulton Park For British GT Championship (17.04.17)

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Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw in the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán took maximum points away from Oulton Park as they wrapped up victory in the second race for the British GT field of the day.

In a race full of incident and one that will be hotly discussed in the paddock, Minshaw brought the #33 Huracán home for the win when the one-hour race was red-flagged following a significant collision between the #88 team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Richard Neary and the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with Ian Loggie at the wheel.

The resulting contact at Hilltop sent the #7 Bentley spinning sharply to driver’s left with the Mercedes left stationary in the centre of the track. Following cars had to take avoiding action to the right, sending cars spinning down the circuit.

After neutralising the race behind the safety-car it was decided that, due to the damage to the safety-barriers, the race should be red-flagged with over ten minutes left to run.

The final result placed the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin, with Derek Johnston at the wheel, in second place, followed by Mark Farmer in the sister #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Chasing the top three up to the point the race was neutralised was Duncan Cameron in the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3. Given the minutes left in the race, Cameron must feel frustrated at the early culmination as the Ferrari was showing its pace with the race drawing to a close and a podium spot was potentially on the cards.

For Team Parker Racing and its pair of Bentley Continental GT3s, Oulton Park will be race the team will want to forget. As the grid assembled, the talk was that, with the success penalty to be taken by the Lamborghini crew and a drying track, this was Team Parker Racing’s to lose. However Seb Morris in the opening stint managed to make contact with his team mate Callum Macleod in the #7 car and was involved in two other incidents so did not hand the car over to Rick Parfitt Jnr in the position they expected.

The final insult was the collision of the #7 which brought out the safety-car, an incident that Ian Loggie laid firmly at the feet of the #88 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

In GT4, the provisional results showed a victory for the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT$ with Alex Reed taking the final stint. Second in class was the #29 In2Racing McLaren 570S GT4 piloted by Marcus Hoggarth.

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In third place in the GT4 class was 2016 GT4 champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s, Robinson taking the second stint, #501 PMW Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4. The #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 was leading the class as the red flag went out but was subsequently given a penalty, moving it to seventh in class.

The second round of the 2017 British GT Championship will be held at Rockingham on April 29-30

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

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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

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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

Toyota Gazoo Racing Wins Thrilling FIA WEC 6 Hours Of Silverstone (16.04.17)

The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 – Hybrid driven by Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima won the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in a race which saw changing weather conditions and drama throughout the entire race.

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Second in the LMP1 class was the #2 Porsche LMP Team 919 Hybrid piloted by Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley. Taking the final step of the podium was the sister Porsche, the #1 919 Hybrid with the driving line-up of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

The LMP2 class was won by the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Jota Sport ORECA 07 driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent. The Vaillante Rebellion #13 ORECA 07 was second, the car driven by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr. Third in class was the #28 TDS Racing ORECA 07 piloted by François Perodo, Matthieu Vaxivière and Emmanuel Collard.

The LMGTE Pro battle was won by the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT with Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Luis Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani driving.

The LMHTE Am class was won by the #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F488 GTE driven by Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Griffin.

In a race that tested the strategic planning of all teams with a mix of wet and dry running saw the eventual race winner take the lead with just twelve minutes to go when Buemi in the #8 Toyota TS050 , with more grip on newer tyres, passed Brendon Harley in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Porsche had already announced prior to the race that it was running a low-downforce aero kit in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The sister Toyota, the #7 TSO050, went off at Copse with José Maria Lopez at the wheel. The Argentinian, the current World Touring Car Champion, managed to get the car back to the garage but due to the severity of the impact, the driver was taken to the medical centre for a check-up and was eventually transferred to the local hospital.

LMP2, which entered 2017 with new-look, more powerful cars, estimated at being 4 seconds a lap quicker round the Northamptonshire circuit that the previous generation, saw Jackie Chan DC Racing become the first Chinese-entered team to win at World Endurance Championship level.

#38 a.a. 17.04.16

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The #38 car, retaining the number from the Jota Sport’s 2014 Le Mans-winning and 2016 European Le Mans Series-winning entries, had the piloting line-up of Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent, combining youth with significant experience.

Once the field was bunched for the safety-car after the crash of the #7 Toyota, the race was effectively on again and Jarvis was able to lead the field at the line by almost 20 seconds over the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07.

In LMGTE pro the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi team UK Ford GT piloted by Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pip Derani took the win but it was not a faultless run to the flag, as events in the first hour showed. The pole-sitting #67 car had to stop early to correct a front tyre pressure issue which left it out of sequence. However the hugely-experienced driver line-up drive faultlessly from there on to take charge and the chequered flag.

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The second placed AF Corse #51 Ferrari F488 GTE drove a good raced but could nt match the pace and consistency of the Ford GT.

The LMGTE Am class enjoyed some close racing with the winning #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F499 GTE, with Matt Griffin at the wheel, take the lead but a late stop for fuel relegated the Irish driver to third. The leading #98 Aston Martin Martin Racing Vantage with Pedro Lamy at the wheel tangled with the second placed Miguel Molina’s #54 Spirit of race Ferrari, pitching the #54 car off the track. Griffin saw his opportunity and took the class lead for the win.

Overall, the race was hugely exciting and enjoyable and bodes well for the rest of the 2017 Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps takes place on May 4 – 6.