As It Happened: Avon Tyres British GT Championship – Snetterton: Race 2


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18:30
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18:28
It’s a Trackspeed 1-2 lead home by the #32 with the Nissan GTR chasing home hard with Jann Mardenborough cutting the gap down to just 0.531 seconds

18:26
Team WFR take the GT4 class win ahead of a heroic effort by the Jota Mazda MX5, while the Complete Racing Aston Martin takes the last place on the podium. Zoe Wenham drove an impressive stint to take the Century Motorsport Ginetta to forth place by 0.171 seconds.

18:22
Last lap. Tandy leads by 1.3 from Minshaw. Mardenborough 2.3 seconds down on Minshaw……

18:20
Two laps to go. Minshaw bottled up behind Tandy in the other Trackspeed cra with Mardenborough closing in. Deep breath.

18:18
marco Attard is crawling around the back of the circuit in the Leipert Lamborghini. After running in seventh it looks like a DNF is on tha cards.

18:17
Alasdair McCaig takes fourth from John Dhillon at Murrays

18:15
Minshaw’s speed has mysteriously returned as he shadows Steve Tandy now. What’s going on is anyone’s guess.

18:14
Mardenborough takes third place – just eight minutes to go now

18:13
Zoe Wenham is pushing hard in the GT4 class as she hunts down the APO Sport Ginetta, the gap is down to 4.7 seconds now with 10 minutes remaining

18:12
Now, can Minshaw work though whatever is wrong with the #33 Porsche? There’s 13 seconds back to John Dhillon who is still in third place

18:11
Optimum Motorsport recieve a black flag, the early leaders of the GT4 class have gone from heroes to zero in the space of half hour.

18:11
It’s a problem!! Tandy takes the lead!!

18:10
Minshaw loses five seconds on a single lap. The lead is now just five seconds, but was that a one off mistake or the start of a major problem?

18:08
Mardenborough is up to fourth, with 12 seconds between him and another visit to the podium.

18:06
Mardenborough now just 0.8 down on McCaig’s Ecurie Ecosse BMW. 16 minutes left folks!

18:05
Minshaw – a regular racer in historic machinery – is now nine seconds clear in the lead. Mardenborough, meanwhile, is up to fifth at the expense of Steve Parish

18:04
With 20 minutes remaining the Fannin/Hughes Ginetta leads the GT4 class, the Ticehurst/Mildenhall Mazda holds on to second, while Chaplin/Keen occupy the last podium position

18:02
20 minutes to go. Minshaw’s lead is 7.9 seconds (and he’s pulling away). Dhillon third with Alasdair McCaig now into fourth ahead of Steve Parish.

18:00
Pit window shut, Jon Minshaw keeps the lead held by co-driver Harvey. Steve tandy second, John Dhillon third. Mardenborough lurks in sixth place but 31 seconds off the lead.

18:00
Team WFR move in to the lead of the GT4 class with 22 minutes of the race remaining.

17:59
Early GT4 leaders Optimum Motorsport are now running sixth and last in class, 32 seconds off the fifth placed Century Motorsport Ginetta.

17:57
Compete Racing Aston Martin is in the lead of the GT4 class now after pitstops, Team WFR’s Ginetta holds on to second while the Jota Mazda MX5 runs in third place.

17:57
17:57
Aaron Scott comes in from a brief lead. John Dhillon will take over the car.

17:56
And where will Jann Mardenborough in the early stopping Nissan slot into this?

17:55
The leaders pit – Tim Harvey will hand over to Jon Minshaw, Joe Osborne will exchange places with Steve Tandy.

17:54
Or not. Scuderia Vittoria fans fear not Aaron Scott remains in third place.

17:54
GT4 leaders Optimum Motorsport pit for a driver change, so does the second placed Team WFR.

17:53
And we’ve lost Aaron Scott from third somewhere in the infield. I think.

17:52
hari Prozcyk is up to fifth in the Leipert Motorsport Lamborghini and Michael Caine comes in for Daniele Perfetti to take the #11 Porsche over

17:51
Mardenborough returns to the race. We wait to see who comes in next……

17:49
Pit window opens – to Alex Buncombe and a early hand over to Mardenborough

17:47
Buncombe is up to eighth past Anthony Reid’s Chevron. Jann Mardenborough will take over the Nissan in a few minutes to try and make amends for his race one mistake.

17:46
The Optimum Motorsport Ginetta is in command of the GT4 class now 15 seconds in hand to the second placed GT4 car of APO Sport who is now under pressure from the Team WFR Ginetta

17:45
Adam Wilcox pits the Predator CCTV Ferrari with a problem. The search goes on for their first points of the year.

17:44
After 11 laps and 20 minutes the gap to Aaron Scott’s Ferrari is 4.7 seconds. But don’t expect the car to feature in the final positions with the gentlemen drivers still to go in the second half of the race.

17:42
Mowle pulls out the gap to 13.614 seconds over the chasing May in GT4

17:41
Harvey and Osborne in the surviving Trackspeed Porsche are well clear. Scuderia Vittoria’s Ferrari is now third with Aaron Scott at the wheel with Benji Hetherington fourth for Motorbase.

17:40
Optimum Motorsport lead the GT4 class in their Ginetta G50 with a 12 second lead over the APO Sport G50, Team WFR hang on to third place.

17:39
That should be the end of David Ashburn’s lead in the championship. he was due to relieve Westbrook in the #31 car.

17:38
And now Richard Westbrook’s gone off at Oggies. Westy’s out of the car which is now smoking.

17:36
Michael Caine has had another moment. From potential winner he’s down to 13th place.

17:36
Yep, it’s the brakes on the McLaren again. Sad end to a great first weekend with the MP4-12C for United Autosports British GT squad.

17:34
The McLaren is in the pits with the front of the car being looked at. A reccurence of the brake problem from race one?

17:33
Buncombe serves his driver through and will drop to 11th place. Enjoying the greasy track Anthony Reid is ninth in the GT3 Chevron GR8

17:32
The Trackspeed boys are trading fastest sector times. Harvey the best through S1, Osborne and Westbrook faster in S2.

17:31
Alex Buncombe has been given a drive through for a “start procedure infringement”. From fourth that will wreck his race.

17:29
We now have a Trackspeed Porsche 1-2-3 Harvey, Osborne and Westbrook. Race one winners United Autosports are a lowly 13th.

17:28
Michael Caine spins out of third at Agostini and Jonny Adam pits the Aston Martin.

17:26
Jonny Adam has fallen to 14th after the opening lap – he’ll need yet another charge from there…..

17:25
It’s Porsche 1-2-3-4 after lap one. Tim Harvey lead Joe Osborne, Michael Caine and Westbrook. ALex Buncombe is fifth in the Nissan. George Murrells leads GT4.

17:18
Cars are getting set to leave on their green flag lap to the rolling start.

17:07
It’s Porsches on the front two rows, Trackspeed on the front row, Motorbase on the second. Richard Westbrook will start from sixth, alongside the repaired Nissan GT-R.

17:00
We’re ready for the second British GT race of the weekend. The track is dry, so it should be slick Avon tyres all round on the grid.