Welcome to the live coverage of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship’s second of two races from the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk. Defending champions Beechdean AMR are on the pole thanks to a fast lap from Jonny Adam with the #18 FF Corse Ferrari of Adam Carroll alongside. Live coverage of the entire one hour sprint will appear here. There is no need to refresh your browser to update the content.
The grid walk is underway for the second of the weekend’s one hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship sprint races. All we need now is some cars.
With Andrew Howard now finished presenting the BRDC Formula 4 trophies we have a full suite of drivers. The engines are about to fire up, the pit lane opens in a minute for the cars to go to the grid.
Jonny Adam leads the cars out of pit lane for the run to the grid.
There goes the #17 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3. Repaired from its problems in race 1 but starting from the back of the grid after issues in qualifying. Steven Kane starts the car, where can it finish?
Twitter also reports that the #41 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta of Jade Edwards and Matt Draper blew its engine in race 1 and wont take part this time out.
Richard Abra brought the #38 MP Motorsport Aston Martin into the pit lane after the out lap and is now stuck at pit out.
There are a lot of GT3 and GT4 cars now moving on the start straight. We are one green flag lap away from an hour of action.
Lights out and we are racing!
Abra joins from the pit lane in the #38 MP Motorsport Aston Martin.
Kershaw dropped to the back of the pack on the formation lap too, but he seems to have the #77 ISSY Racing Lotus back up to speed.
Apparently the Bentley #17 and the #42 Ginetta of Tom Oliphant came together at Montreal. The stewards are looking into it.
Safety car is out.
Two cars have come together at Riches.
Red flag, the race has been stopped to deal with the incident at turn 1.
The clock has been stopped at 56:29 to go.
The cars are reforming on the grid but recovery and rescue vehicles are racing to the scene of the accident. We don’t yet know who is missing.
The cars in the incident are the #6 PGF-Kinfaun AMR of John Gaw, the #28 TF Sport/Horsepower Racing Aston Martin of Andy Schultz and the #888 Triple Eight BMW of Luke Hines. We don’t know anything about the drivers condition at this time.
To clarify something I said earlier, the cars are lined up single file down the pit straight to allow rescue vehicles down the start straight.
The cars are returning to their grid positions ready to restart the race now. We understand one driver at least has been taken to the medical centre for checks but know nothing more.
Triple Eight have confirmed to DailySportsCar.com that Luke Hines was involved but is OK. He has spoken to the team on the radio.
We are now hearing that all drivers are OK and that the race will be started from a clean slate.
There will be a twenty minute delay before the race restarts. There is significant damage to the crash barrier which needs to be rectified. The first laps of the new race will be carried out under the safety car.
We will take a brief ten minute pit stop here in the media centre. Expect the race to restart near the top of the hour.
On the good news side of things. MP Motorsport have been allowed to take the grid spot they qualified in, they do not have to start again from the pit lane.
The #888 and #28 have been returned to the teams through pit lane. The #888 looks ok but has drive shaft damage according to the team. The Horsepower with TF Sport Aston Martin is in a right state. Apparenlty John Gaw’s Aston has apparently been taken away by a different route.
We have new information. The race will be fifty-five minutes long, starting when the safety car starts moving. The pit window will remain the same which 35-25 minutes left on the clock.
Helmets are being fitted, drivers are getting near their cars. We will have a race soon.
We have a start time. The cars will roll in six minutes.
That is an estimate but it seems to be solid.
We have engine noises, the race starts in just under three minutes.
Oh, they have just revised the start time back five minutes. We are now restarting at 17:25.
Five minute board is out. We will be starting in five minutes.
Unfortunately due to the delay in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship race, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge race which was to end the day has now been cancelled.
Three minutes to go, the cars will start in single file behind the safety car.
The Mechanics have vacated the grid. One minute to go.
We have the #42 at the end of the pit lane. The cars are rolling off the grid.
Rick Parfitt had gearbox and clutch problems earlier.
A slight hiccup for the #17 Bentley, Steven Kane is now using Marshal power to clear the race track.
A small army of M-Sport mechanics are running in the direction of pit out to recover their car.
We are now four minutes into our safety car restart. Thats lap 1 done.
The Bentley has been cleared so we are now good to go racing.
One more lap under the safety car then we are green apparently.
The #17 has left Parc Ferme under it’s own power. It is a lap down but Steven Kane is back in the race.
Green green green!
There are 46 minutes left on the clock.
Jonny Adam has led the pack through Hamilton with Adam Carroll in pursuit. Joe Osborne is attacking the #18.
Jonny Adam has a 1.688 seconds over the Adam Carroll driven Ferrari.
In GT4 Kershaw’s Lotus leads Dan Cammish in the #44 Porsche by almost half a second.
The lead for Beechdean is now 2.5 seconds exactly.
ISSY Racing’s team manager is being summoned to race control. The #77 Lotus continues to lead the GT4 class but that suggests a penalty.
We have a car off at Corum. It would appear to be the #40 of Tom Sharp given that it hasn’t crossed the line.
Even with a yellow flag zone at Corum the #1 Aston Martin has extended it’s lead to 3.385 seconds.
The #44 has taken the ISSY Lotus and now leads the class.
Timing screen confirms that it’s Tom Sharp in the barriers at Corum.
The #77 has been handed a penalty, drive through for incorrect starting procedure. That could be a mechanic with the car too long or it could be that the car incorrectly took its grid spot for the restart.
The Lotus has gone missing. It hasn’t come by the pits and it isn’t serving its penalty. Jonny Adam meanwhile has grown his lead to over five seconds!
The pit window will be open by the time Jonny Adam comes round again.
No, he beat the clock by ninteen seconds. In the meantime the #17 Bentley exits the pits. Six laps down but no back in action again.
Jonny Cocker is now getting right on terms with Adam Carroll. The #79 BMW is lining up a move.
The pit window has been open for a minute and a half but we have had no takers. Don’t expect many early stoppers as the pros will need as much time as possible to set up the ‘Am’ drivers.
The #1 Aston Martin now has an almost seven second lead over Adam Carroll who is busy holding off the Ecurie Ecosse BMW.
The #55 Academy Motorsport Ginetta has been handed a five second time penalty due to three track limits violations during the race. Matt Nicoll-Jones is the driver.
The #5 Aston Martin is the first to stop, Rory Butcher jumps out and Jeff Smith takes over. Thats the first of the Oman Racing Team cars done.
Devon Modell has brought in the #49 TF Sport Aston Martin for his pit stop. The #17 is back in, but this could be routine.
The Bentley is back out and in an on track battle with the #5 Aston. There are only seven laps separating the two cars!
Richard Lyons brings in the #29 AF Corse car while Ahmad Al Harthy is jumping into the #4 car. Jody Firth is getting into the #12 Trackspeed Porsche too.
The Jones McLaren is changing drivers too, David to Godfrey while Tandy hands over the #2 Generation Bentley to James Appleby.
The heavy hand of justice hits the #55 again. For repeatedly ignoring the track limits the Academy car of Matt Nicoll-Jones has been given a 30 second time penalty.
The non-stoppers are now in a miniority as we have another chunk of cars take to the pits.
Jonny Adam is in to hand over to reigning champion Andrew Howard. Everyone else is following him in.
Everyone one has now stopped. We are set for a 20 minute dash to the flag.
Its an intra-team battle in GT4. Currently the #46 Twisted Team Parker Ginetta leads after toppling Dan Cammish’s Porsche in the pit stops.
The order is settling out now with Howard holding a sixteen second lead over the chasing Ferrari 458 Italia of Gary Eastwood.
Mark Poole is being warned about track limits.
There goes Howard.
And there goes Eastwood. Its getting a little closer.
Through the stops the #88 has dropped right down. Lee Mowle is in fifth in a car that was challenging for second earlier in the race.
The ‘Baby Beechdean’ GT4 Aston Martin #407 has been summoned to race control.
Oh, thats a stop and go for the #407, the pit stop was too short. It also shakes up the order in GT4 where the #46 Twisted Team Parker Ginetta currently leads the #407. The stop will put the #49 TF Sport Aston into second and put Paul McNeilly’s #48 Fox Motorsport Ginetta onto the podium.
Andrew Howard continues to circulate, holding off the chasing Ferrari enough that there will not be enough time for Eastwood to catch him.
There are ten minutes left which means five or six laps.
The #48 wont take over a podium spot then, it has topped at Oggies.
Rick Parfitt inherits the final podium spot in GT4.
Now Parfitt has an off in the #42 Century Motorsport Ginetta, going off at Riches.
The Generation Bentley and John Dhillon driven AF Corse Ferrari are also being investigated now after contact at Montreal.
Parfitt kept the third place after his off and continue at Riches. He is now only 0.645 ahead of the #43 Morten Dons driven Century Ginetta.
Andrew Jarman stopped the #49 TF Sport Aston Martin at turn nine for a while but continues. He lost 20 seconds and fell from a podium in class to sixth, 22nd overall.
At the front it remains Andrew Howard leading the #18 of Gary Eastwood and the #21 of Paul White. The gap from first to second is dropping but not quick enough. There are four minutes left, which is going to be two more laps.
It’s BMW bumper cars between Marco Attard in the Ecurie Ecosse and the #88 of Lee Mowle. Contact is reported and being investigated at Palmer.
For seventh, Jon Minshaw puts a move on the #38 MP Motorsport Aston of Mark Poole. Poole doesn’t take it lying down though and battles all the way down the start finish straight. Yielding at Riches.
Andrew Howard passed the start finish line at 1:53 left on the clock. He is currently running 1:55s but could do better.
Marco Attard is dropping down the timing screens, he is now in tenth after battling with the #88 in fifth!
The flag is in hand.
Andrew Howard crosses the line to win the second Avon Tyres British GT Championship race of the day. He is followed across the line by Gary Eastwood’s FF Corse Ferari and the #21 Strata 21 Aston Martin of Paul White and Tom Onslow-Cole.
In GT4 the win is taken by Adrian Barwick for Twisted Team Parker and the Ginetta G55. Rick Parfitt in second and Morton Dons in third, both for Century Motorsport, makes it a podium lockout for Ginetta.
Thank you for following our coverage of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship from Snetterton. The series now heads to Spa-Francorchamps on 11th July where the field will return to action. All of the action will be covered here on thecheckeredflag.co.uk.