LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship: Silverstone 500


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

This live blog will be updated throughout the three hour Silverstone 500 race, the longest event of the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

17:20
That concludes our live blog coverage of today’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship race. We’ll have a full race report to come later.

17:19
Adrian Barwick and Bradley Ellis win GT4 for Twisted Team Parker.

17:18
Joe Osborne spins on the final lap, handing 10th place back to Tom Onslow-Cole and Strata21

17:17
Sims crossed the line 4th, Alessandro Pier Guidi 5th for AF Corse.

17:17
Jonny Adam takes second place for Beechdean AMR. Steven Kane is third, but there’s an investigation underway into his ‘move’ on Sims

17:16
The Oman Racing Team pairing of Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine win the Silverstone 500 British GT event

17:15
Michael Caine is heading through the Arena section on his 82nd and final lap. Coming home to seal a dominant win.

17:14
Sims spins around before lighting up the rear tyres to get back in the race

17:13
1 minute remaining. Kane goes up the inside at Stowe but Sims keeps moving to the inside and there’s contact!!

17:11
Kane is now all over Sims for 3rd in GT3. 3 minutes to go

17:10
Oliphant starts falling back, loses 4th in class to Beechdean Ross Wylie. The car (and the fire) are still going

17:08
Tom Oliphant is chasing Devon Modell in GT4. But Oliphant’s Ginetta is on fire. Literally.

17:07
Inside of ten minutes to go. The fights for 3rd in both classes are the closest on track

17:04
Osborne takes the place at Stowe.

17:03
Joe Osborne, recovering from the late drive through is trying to pass Tom Onslow-Cole to take the final point on offer

17:01
Kane is now just 3.7 seconds behind Sims

16:58
Michael Caine leads by a full minute over Jonny Adam. All Caine has to do is avoid drama to claim a second win of the season.

16:56
The Ulsterman sets the fastest lap of the race. He has 5.9 seconds to make up to Sims’ BMW

16:55
For the second time in a week Steven Kane has a chase on in the final stint, trying to track down Alexander Sims to claim third place

16:54
20 minutes to go. Tom Onslow-Cole has to give up 10th to serve a drive through penalty

16:53
Bradley Ellis currently leads GT4, 25 seconds in hand over Optimum’s Matt Draper

16:52
Richard Abra – on the final leg for MP Motorsport is in 8th place

16:52
Kane rejoins in 4th place. Caine leads Jonny Adam by a whopping 52 seconds

16:48
Now Mowle is back in. This will be for Osborne to over the car.

16:47
Berg into the pits now. Aside of Mowle/Osborne that’s the last of the front runners to pit

16:46
Mowle serves his drive through. 27 minutes to go.

16:46
Rembert Berg leads the race for M-Sport, but he too is one pitstop short of a full set with Steven Kane readying himself

16:44
Lee Mowle will have to come back to the pits, Osborne deemed to not to have slowed sufficiently under yellow flags

16:43
Attard pits a lap after Al Harthy. Caine should retake the lead with margin to spare.

16:42
Lee Mowle (in for Osborne) and Michael Caine (replacing Al Harthy) both rejoin the race. Marco Attard leads for now.

16:40
34 minutes to go. Osborne and Al Harthy come into the pits together from 1st and 2nd

16:38
And he’s through at Stowe into the lead, while Michael Caine waits in the pits for Al Harthy’s visit to the pits

16:38
In the fight for the lead (sort of) Osborne is right on the tail of Al Harthy’s Aston

16:37
Phil Keen is crawling past the Wing paddock in the #33 Trackspeed Porsche

16:34
40 minutes to go. #888 BMW and the Nissan both in for final driver change stops.

16:33
Joe Osborne has worn Al Harthy’s lead down to 9 seconds, but the BMW team still needs to make 2 stops to the Aston squad’s 1

16:32
Colin White has spun the GT3 Ginetta G55 into the barriers exiting Copse. Retiring for 12th place

16:30
Pasin Lathouras also completes the pit stop program for the #29 Ferrari with Alessandro Pier Guidi to take the AF Corse car to the end

16:28
Andrew Howard makes what should be the final stop for the GT3 Beechdean team with 45 minutes to go

16:26
There you go. Rick Parfitt Jr.’s woes compounded by a drive through penalty for avoidable contact with the #49 Aston

16:23
Andrew Howard dives to the inside taking 4th from a consistently slowing Rembert Berg

16:22
Andrew Jarman has continued after his spin, running 2nd in GT4. There could be a penalty coming for Parfitt Jr.

16:21
Jon Minshaw in the pits for Trackspeed, Phil Keen to take the #33 Porsche to the checkered flag

16:20
Ryan Ratcliffe – returning to GT4 for a one-off outing – takes the lead in Optimum Motorsport’s entry

16:19
Contact between the GT4 leaders. Parfitt Jr. goes for gap at Chapel that never existed. Both he and Jarman go spinning

16:18
And with that Richard Abra has taken over the the MP Motorsport car once more. The first team to complete the three mandatory stops

16:17
Into the final hour now. Strategies still to play out yet

16:16
Berg loses another second of time to Attard, the Bentley driver falling toward’s Andrew Howard’s Aston now – 8 seconds between them

16:14
The Beechdean AMR GT4 Aston takes a drive through penalty. That will drop them from the battle for GT4 glory

16:13
Rembert Berg turns in a slow lap, falling back to 9 seconds behind Marco Attard

16:12
Adrian Barwick pits from the GT4 lead. TF Sport’s Aston now leading in the hands of Andrew Jarman

16:10
Pasin Lathouras takes 8th from Chris Hoy at Aintree

16:08
The MP Motorsport car – running a different strategy to everyone else is in 12th

16:07
Jody Firth is back in the #12 Trackspeed Porsche, but down in 13th place after leading in the opening hour

16:05
Attard is in danger of losing third, slipping back towards Rembert Berg in the M-Sport Bentley

16:04
Osborne has pulled out four seconds over Attard, but has failed to make an impression upon Al Harthy’s lead

16:01
Now Joe Osborne takes second away from Attard, but the Triple Eight team are effectively one stop behind the leaders

16:00
Attard has rejoined into second place, 37 seconds behind the Oman Racing Team Aston which has resumed the lead

15:59
The Twisted Team Parker Ginetta has taken the GT4 lead after the Parfitt/Oliphant Ginetta makes a second stick

15:57
Well, the answer is Al Harthy’s already at Stowe!!

15:56
Where will he rejoin compared to likes of Al-Harthy, Adam and Rembert Berg in the Bentley

15:55
Sims now in with 1:18 left in the race. Marco Attard will take over the race leading BMW.

15:53
Steven Kane is in the pits in the 2nd placed M-Sport Bentley. Alexander Sims remains in the lead in the Ecure Ecosse BMW

15:53
There’s debris out through the Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel sequence. Marshals seem to have retrieved it now

15:47
Sims has stayed out, so pick up the lead. Steven Kane up to 2nd in M-Sport’s Bentley

15:46
Caine brought the Oman Racing Team car into the pits with a 44 second lead over Sims

15:46
Caine pits from the lead. Ahmad Al Harthy to take the car over once more. But how will this affect their lead margin the stops shuffled out

15:44
Tom Sharp, who lies 6th in the CWS Spares Ginetta is given a 2 second stop-go, the team deemed to have undershot the minimum pitstop time

15:42
Caine’s lead has help up to Alexander Sims’ scrutiny, holding firm at fifty seconds

15:40
Beechdean’s GT4 car in the pits. Currently 3rd in class behind Century’s Ginetta and TF Sport’s Aston

15:37
That’s both the class winners from Rockingham out of the reckoning now

15:36
Uh-oh. Matt Nicoll-Jones has pulled the Academy Motorsport GT4 Ginetta off at Stowe

15:34
Jonny Adam pits the Beechdean AMR Vantage from 3rd. Andrew Howard installed back into the car

15:31
Phil Keen also in the pits in the #33 Trackspeed Porsche. Jon Minshaw back aboard the car the was 5th

15:30
Michael Caine still leads, 54 seconds clear of Alexander Sims

15:27
Mowle recognises his plight and comes into the pits. Joe Osborne will take over the #8 machine

15:26
Adam is now through. Mowle, the only man of the starting drivers still racing is falling like a stone.

15:25
Jonny Adam will be the next man to catch Lee Mowle’s #8 BMW

15:24
Sims has closed to withing 4 seconds of Lee Mowle chasing down 2nd

15:21
Some calls to race control, including the GT4 leading Century Motorsport Ginetta

15:18
Sims is catching Mowle fast. The Ecuroe Ecosse driver making up 7 seconds on lap 28

15:16
Tom Oliphant leads GT4 for Century Motorsport, Bradley Ellis having just pitted the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta from the lead

15:15
Ending the first hour with 27 laps complete. Caine leads by 35 seconds over Lee Mowle. Alexander Sims another 25s back in 3rd

15:14
Sims takes third at Vale, the lost momentum for Keen allowing Adam through as they accelerate through Club.

15:13
Phil Keen, Alexander Sims and Jonny Adam are all scrapping over 3rd a minute behind the leader

15:11
A few slower laps from Mowle and Caine’s lead expands to 26 seconds as we approach the end of the first hour of the race

15:09
Steven Kane puts Pier Guidi back another spot, the M-Sport Bentley up to 6th now

15:07
Richard Abra is in the pits in the MP Aston – continuing their off-kilter strategy, He comes in from 12th

15:05
Parfitt into the lead a lap after their GT4 rivals. He should slot back into second you’d think.

15:04
Caine’s lead is 16 seconds as Lee Mowle stays out in the #8 Triple Eight BMW

15:04
Jake Giddings is in the pits in the Beechdean AMR GT4 car that led the class. Rick Parfitt will retake the lead in class

15:01
Jody Firth in from the lead. 48 minutes into the race.

15:01
Jonny Adam also makes a place up on Pier Guidi, as the pair split around GT4 traffic

14:59
Alexander Sims takes 5th for Ecurie Ecosse, passing AF Corse’s Alessandro Pier Guidi Ferrari at Vale

14:58
Caine takes Firth’s lead down to 3.6 seconds in a single lap

14:57
None of the GT4 front runners have pitted, but Jake Giddings has passed Rick Parfitt Jr. for the lead of the class

14:55
Meanwhile, Caine has passed Lee Mowle for second place. 6.2 seconds behind Firth’s Trackspeed Porsche in the lead.

14:54
Barff has pulled the Ferrari off the track. The BMW is stuck in the gravel

14:53
Schlesinger’s BMW involved in more contact. He can’t get out of the way of Rob Barff’s FF Corse Ferrari fast enough at Becketts and hits the 458 as he tried to pass around the outside.

14:52
Jonny Adam – paying the price for stopping a lap later is back in 10th

14:51
The United Autosports Audi is in the garage

14:50
Firth’s lead is 6.5 seconds over Mowle

14:50
Michael Caine is the best placed of those drivers to have made a driver change

14:49
Firth leads Mowle, but there are several cars between the two of them

14:48
The green flag comes out, Colin White pits.

14:47
Colin White in the CWS Spares Ginetta will pick up 2nd, Lee Mowle third after his enforced lap one pit visit

14:45
Now Howard pits, followed Attard. Jody Firth stays out to lead. Chris Hoy pits from 4th

14:44
Andrew Howard is back in the lead, circulating behind the safety car while the TF Sport Aston is recovered from the Brooklands run-off

14:43
Several other pitters including Rockingham winners FF Corse and M-Sport, where Blancpain winner Steven Kane will take over the Bentley

14:42
Al Harthy is the first man into the pits in the leading Aston, Mark Patterson and Phil Dryburgh also in from 5th and 6th

14:41
Safety Car coming out. 27 minutes into the race. This will scramble the order with pitstops

14:41
Though now the Lotus pulls into the garage.

14:40
The Lotus – which has been in the wars already – continues on

14:39
Paul Bailey in the TF Sport Aston tangles with the ISSY Lotus. The left-rear corner is torn off the Aston. Race done.

14:38
Al Harthy has stretched his lead slightly out to 1.2 seconds

14:37
Schlesinger’s BMW is given a drive through for ignoring blue flags when Howard came upon him

14:36
Chris Hoy is running a lonely 7th place in the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN entry

14:34
Oli Basey-Fisher is given a drive through for spinning the ISSY Racing Lotus

14:34
Howard — now in chase mode – is half a second behind Al Harthy. Firth has caught Attard in a fight for 3rd

14:33
Mark Poole is in the pits in the #38 MP Motorsport Aston. Richard Abra gets in – an interesting strategy call early on

14:31
The #50 Aston Martin GT4 has spun at Luffield. He’ll also continue.

14:30
Ah, Howard was forced off the track by Alain Schlesinger’s GT4 BMW through Becketts and Chapel. That led to the lead change

14:30
Al Harthy takes the lead!! He’s made up more 3 seconds in half a lap

14:29
Jody Firth had moved up to 4th at the expense of Phil Dryburgh

14:28
Parfitt Jr and Century Motorsport continue to lead GT4, ten seconds ahead of Giddings’ Aston

14:27
Attard is third in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW, but he’s falled 7 seconds behind Al Harthy’s Aston

14:26
The ISSY Racing Lotus is pushed into a smaller, but just as costly, spin at Luffield

14:26
James May spins wildly out of Abbey. None of the following cars hits him thankfully and he continues, through probably with a raised pulse rate

14:25
Howard is holding strong in the lead, now 3.2 secs ahead of Al Harthy

14:24
James May has lost 2nd in GT4 to Beechdean’s Jake Giddings

14:23
Lee Mowle is also back in the race, their lap one stop was to clear out the radiators after Mowle was forced into the grass

14:23
Jacques Duyver has spun the #30 Ferrari, but there doesn’t look to be any damage

14:22
The Geddie McLaren is back in the race with a new rear wing

14:21
Rick Parfitt Jr. is leading GT4 from pole from James May’s APO Sport Porsche

14:20
The TF Sport GT4 Aston goes for a spins at Brooklands, but continues albeit delayed

14:19
Lap 2: Al Harthy sets the fastest lap, but he’s 2.5 secs back on Howard, but 2.2 up on Attard who is fighting Dryburgh for 3rd

14:18
Howard, leads Al Harthy, Attard and Dryburgh, Jody Firth has moved up a place to 5th in the #12 Porsche

14:17
Jim Geddie brings the United Autosports McLaren into the pits minus a rear wing. Lee Mowle also pits the #8 BMW into the pits at the end of lap one

14:16
John Dhillon spins the #13 AF Corse car at Becketts, while Attard loses second to Al Harthy at Stowe

14:15
Howard leads into Copse, Attard holds second despite a slide wide

14:14
and they’re off!!

14:13
Rick Parfitt Jr. will lead the GT4 class into action for Century Motorsport

14:12
Marco Attard will start from second in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW, Phil Dryburgh 3rd and Ahmad Al Harthy 4th

14:10
Howard peels away to start the formation lap. We’ll be racing in 3.66 mile’s time!!

14:08
The grid is being cleared, so the cars will be underway on the formation shortly

14:07
It’s mostly the ‘Am’ drivers taking the start of the race, so it’s reigning champion Andrew Howard on pole in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3

13:59
Cars are rolling out on the grid with the race start just 15 minutes away.