LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship: Rockingham


Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Credit: Will Belcher Photography)

This live blog will be updated throughout the two hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Rockingham.

15:58

That concludes our live blog coverage for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Rockingham. We’ll have a full race report later tonight.

15:57

Matt Nicoll-Jones gives Academy Motorsport their first British GT win.

15:56

Rob Barff wins in the car started by Gary Eastwood, Alexander Sims second for Ecurie Ecosse, Richard Lyons fifth in the AF Corse Ferrari.

15:54

Rob Barff starts his 79th and final lap, 19 seconds in the lead

15:52

Three minutes remaining, Barff’s lead has gone back out to 18 seconds. This has been a cruise for the FF Corse man at the front

15:50

Best battle on track is an all Aston affair with Tom Onslow-Cole trying to keep Jonny Adam in sixth place

15:48

Eight minutes remaining. It’s gone a bit quiet out on track….

15:44

11 minutes remaining , Barff’s lead is still 16 seconds

15:43

It’s a driveshaft failure this time for Oliphant and co.

15:42

Tom Oliphant tries to return to the race in the #42 Century Ginetta, but the cars stops again in the pitlane

15:40

Aaron Scott and Joe Osborne both get past Andy Schulz after he runs wide at Tarzan

15:39

Richard Lyons, Luke Hines, Tom Onslow-Cole and Jonny Adam are all close together for 3rd to 6th

15:35

Barff continues to lead by 16 seconds with 20 minutes to go. What else is going to happen?

15:34

Aaron Scott passes Joe Osborne for 9th. Andy Schulz in 8th in the Horsepower Racing Aston as he and co-driver Paul Bailey search for their first British GT points

15:32

Nicoll-Jones has a 37 second lead over Wylie who returned to the track in 2nd

15:30

Matt Nicoll-Jones now leads GT4 in Academy Motorsport’s Ginetta that Oli Basey-Fisher started

15:29

The team didn’t get the correct amount of fuel into the car in the mid-race stop, so Wylie had to pit once more.

15:28

Ross Wylie pits the #407 Beechdean GT4 entry from the class lead. They appear to be topping up with fuel.

15:27

Devon Modell and Jamie Stanley are scrapping wheel to wheel over third in GT4

15:26

Amid all this – there are 28 minutes to go.

15:25

Barff leads by 18 seconds over Sims, Richard Lyons is another 8.7 in arrears in third.

15:21

Michael Caine has modified his #4 Aston against a GT4 Ginetta. The Ginetta pit, Caine continues

15:19

OK…so Barff’s lead has fallen to 18 seconds for reasons not exactly known

15:16

Joe Osborne and Luke Hines run side by side into Brook. Osborne taking to the grass. They’re teammates at Triple 8. Awkward.

15:16

He has a 38 second lead. How long I wonder does it take to traverse the Rockingham pitlane.

15:15

Rob Barff has a drive through! He is deemed to have driven past a red light at the pit lane exit.

15:14

Despite serving his drive through Ross Wylie has picked up the lead from Oliphant

15:12

Long.

15:12

Richard Lyons is going to have his hands full of the pair of Triple 8 BMWs before.

15:11

Broken suspension on the erstwhile GT4 leading Ginetta.

15:09

No! Oliphant has brought the dominant GT4 car of the race into the pits. Marshals pushing the car away.

15:08

Sims has passed Lyons to take second. But there are 36 seconds between he and leader Barff.

15:08

Ross Wylie will have to come out second place in GT4 to serve a penalty for overtaking under the safety car.

15:06

Sims is up to third, passing Luke Hines at Deene

15:04

Oli Basey-Fisher is the last to pit in the Academy Motorsport Ginetta GT4. Matt Nicoll-Jones will take over the #55

15:03

Alexander Sims picks up two places on the first lap back to green, now 4th in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW

15:02

James Appleby leads the pack across the line and we’re racing once more!

15:01

Oliphant takes the Century Motorsport G55 GT4 back to the race. He too has a massive, massive lead.

15:00

Barff exits the pits with almost a lap’s worth of lead

14:58

Parfitt Jr. also comes in from the GT4 leaad he has held since the green flag.

14:58

Eastwood pits after 41 laps. Rob Barff standing by to take over driving duties.

14:57

Even behind the safety car Eastwood stays out. He has a whole lap of lead over Richard Lyons in the #29 AF Corse Ferrari

14:54

Al Harthy is being held at the end of the pitlane. Why? Who knows?

14:53

Safety Car is out once more, just before the hour mark in this two hour race.

14:52

Al Harthy pits from the lead to hand over to Michael Caine. Eastwood stays out.

14:51

Morten Dons has blown up in the #43 Ginetta G55 Gt4 coming out of turn one

14:50

Parfitt has stayed out as well, Tom Oliphant waiting to take over the car.

14:49

John Gaw is another victim of Kirby, off into the gravel on his out lap.

14:49

Luke Hines is the first man out of the pits from the leaders, Jonny Adam 2nd out in the Beechdean car, Alexander Sims only third

14:48

Eastwood continues for another lap in the lead. Ahmad Al Harthy now is second in the Oman Racing Team Aston

14:46

Attard, Johnston and Howard pit together. Eastwood stays out to lead for FF Corse

14:45

Steve Tandy is the first man to pit for the driver change. James Appleby to take over the Continental GT3.

14:44

The United Autosports Audi is pulled into the garage.

14:43

Eastwood runs onto the grass at Brook, but keeps 3rd ahead of Andrew Howard

14:42

Contact between Patterson and Giddings as the came to take the green flag. Patterson making another unscheduled stop

14:41

We’re racing again, with three minutes until the pit window is opened.

14:40

Parfitt will also lose most of his lead over Jake Gidding’s Aston

14:39

That of course will delete Attard’s 5 second lead, Eastwood allowed to catch the leading Beamers in the FF Corse Ferrari

14:37

The Safety Car looks to be coming out, just 8 minutes until the pit window opens

14:35

The fire tender makes its second appearance of the race to come to the aid of the Lotus.

14:34

Tania Mann has spun the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 in the gravel at Kirby. The ISSY Racing Lotus has stopped at pit in. Bad lap for GT4 that….

14:33

Dryburgh has climbed back up to 10th place after his mistake at Deene

14:32

Parfitt – quietly – still leads GT4, ten seconds ahead of the Jake Giddings driven Aston

14:31

The already delayed Patterson gets his lap back over Attard who now has a 5.4 second lead over Johnston

14:29

…and Eastwood takes the place. Howard now in danger of being passed by Pasin Lathouras in the AF Corse Ferrari #29

14:27

Gary Eastwood and Andrew Howard have joined battle over third place.

14:27

Liam Griffin in the #5 Oman Racing Team Aston is under investigation the finger of blame being pointed at him for Tandy’s earlier spin.

14:26

Johnston has lost a lot of time on that lap – losing three seconds to to Attard as we cross the 30 minute mark.

14:24

Minshaw brings his Porsche into the pits, the car goes onto it’s dollies to be wheeled into the garage.

14:23

Patterson’s AUDI has returned to the race – a puncture the apparent reason his stop.

14:22

Steve Tandy spins the Bentley out of Brook, Jon Minshaw is running off the pace in the Demon Tweeks backed Trackspeed Porsche

14:22

Mark Patterson, is, of course in an Audi – unless he’s sneakily changed teams

14:21

Adrian Barwick has had another adventure off track, sitting on the grass at Chapman – turn 4

14:20

Mark Patterson slows in the Aston and brings the United Autosports car into the pits

14:19

Dryburgh comes across the line in 15th place.

14:19

The damage to the Ginetta has been repaired, Colin White back in the race.

14:18

Dryburgh and Al Harthy both run wide at Deene as they dispute 4th. Dryburgh has stopped, Al Harthy continues but down in 7th.

14:16

Adrian Barwick has spun the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta G55 GT4 at Deene as GT3 runners put him a lap down

14:16

There is still less than a second between the two leaders, Attard continuing to head Derek Johnston

14:14

Howard has broken away from the battle behind. He has 4.3 secs in hand over 4th placed Dryburgh, who is defending from Al Harthy

14:13

After a slow and slightly wobbly lap White brings the #40 into the pits

14:11

Colin White is slowing in the Ginetta G55 GT3 – looks like damaged rear suspension

14:10

15 minutes in Attard leads Johnston by just under half a second. Howard is 3.6 seconds back in third

14:09

Andrew Howard’s recovery continues, now up to third after passing Phil Dryburgh

14:07

Firth pits the car he shares with Warren Hughes. Quick work by the team and marshals to extinguish the fire

14:06

the left-rear corner of Jody Firth’s Trackspeed Porsche is aflame.

14:05

Patterson loses more ground, falling behind Gary Eastwood’s FF Corse Ferrari and Ahmad Al Harthy’s Oman Racing Team Aston

14:04

After a sluggish opening Andrew Howard has recovered up to fifth after passing Mark Patterson’s Audi

14:03

Parfitt has a hand 10 second lead in GT4 over Jake Giddings in the Beechdean AMR Vantage GT4

14:00

The BMWs in first and second are starting to build a gap – 2.4 ahead of Dryburgh in third for PGF-Kinfaun AMR

13:59

After their lap one adventures Chris Hoy is running 12, Joody Firth in #12 Porsche 19th

13:58

Phil Dryburgh pushes Patterson another place further back, taking third at Deene on lap three

13:57

Rick Parfitt Jr. has converted his GT4 pole position in the early class lead

13:57

Johnston gets by Patterson to take second at the Deene hairpin

13:57

Attard leads lap one from Mark Patterson iin the United Autosports Audi and Derek Johnston third

13:55

Hoy runs wide at Deene in the squueze under braking, the #12 Trackspeed Porsche also runs wide at the hairpin.

13:55

And they’re away!! Attard leads around turn one

13:52

And they’re away on the formation lap. We’ll be racing in about two minutes.

13:52

Team personnel are clearing the grid ready for the formation lap.

13:49

Marco Attard will start on pole aboard the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3, Andrew Howard started the Beechdean Aston from second.

13:45

Cars are out of the pits and coming round to form up a packed grid. Ten minutes before the green flag.

13:35

We’re 20 minutes away from the start of the two hour race for the British GT Championship at Rockingham,