LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship – Brands Hatch


Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Credit: Tom Loomes Photography)

This live blog will be updated throughout the two hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch, the penultimate round of the 2014 season.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:04

The British GT grid is being cleared. Getting ready to race!

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:06

Reigning champion Andrew Howard starts his Aston on pole position, Jon Minshaw second in the #63 Porsche

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:07

Cars are off onto their outlap. 2.4 miles until the green flag drops on 2 hours of racing

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:10

Ahmad Al Harthy leads from 3rd on the grid as the pack go out onto the Grand Prix loop for the first time.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:11

Andrew Howard has dropped back to 5th

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:12

Al Harthy leads Minshaw after lap one. Colin White is 3rd, Jeff Smith 4th. Andrew Howard is 10th

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:13

Adrian Barwick has spun the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta G55 GT4 at the final corner. The car was a front runner is class in the ahnds of Bradley Ellis.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:15

Lap 3 and Al harthy leads by .6 seconds. Colin White now pressuring Minshaw for 2nd

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:15

Rick Parfitt Jr. limps the ##42 Century Motorsport Ginetta into the pits from 2nd in GT4

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:16

The Beechdean team are reporting a brake problem with the #1 team. Howard is now only 12th

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:17

Adrian Barwick is back in the race, but is two laps down after being pulled from the gravel

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:19

Jeff Smith has move the #5 Oman Racing Team car to 3rd past Colin White’s MP Motorsport entry. Jody Firth now looking for a way past White

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:20

John McCullagh has brought the United Autosports Audi into the pits

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:27

Problems continue for Andrew Howard, spinning down to 18th on the Indy circuit

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:28

Ross Wylie is leading the GT4 class. He and Jake Giddings could clinch the class title this weekend

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:31

20 minutes in Al Harthy continues to lead, the gap between he and Jon Minshaw 2.8 seconds. Jeff Smith still in third, Jody Firth fourth.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:38

Al Harthy lead now 5.8 seconds, Minshaw similarly clear of Jeff Smith

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:39

Behind the top five, however, the field is tighter, sixth placed David Ashburn leading a pack

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:40

If the race was to finish now, 5th place for Marco Attard would be enough to clinch the title while Howard and Jonny Adam fail to score

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:45

Andrew Howard, though is creeping back up the order. He passes Lee Mowle for 13th. We’re just past the half way mark.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:45

Howard gains another place as Derek Johnston spins the #888 BMW at Clearways

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:47

Andrew Howard is in the pits after what would look like contact with the #888

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:48

And the Safety Car is out to help retrieve the BMW, wiping out a 9 second lead for Al Harthy.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:49

The pit window will open in ten minutes

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:50

The #888 Beamer remains perched on the very outside of Clearways

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:53

Safety car coming int, seven minutes before the pit window opens. There is one GT4 car between Al Harthy and Minshaw

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:54

Green flag out again.

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:55

However, John Dhillon has stopped the AF Corse Ferrari on Bottom Straight, so the Safety Car is straight back out again

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:58

Adrian Barwick has also been off again, this tie at Surtees

James Broomhead August 31, 201413:59

Safety Car in and racing again. Hopefull for longer this time

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:01

The pit window is now open. al Harthy and Minshaw stay out. Jody Firth and Marco Attard are the first me to pit from 4th and 5th

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:02

Minshaw pits for Phil Keen to take over the Demon Tweeks liveried Porsche. Al Harthy continues on, keeping Michael Caine waiting

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:04

Jeff Smith spoils the Oman Racing Team 1-2 to pit. Rory Butcher will take over the #5 Aston Martin

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:05

Al Harthy, Ashburn, Gary Eastwood and David Jones are the only 4 GT3 cars yet to pit

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:05

Ashburn now pits, 1:04 remaining for Nick Tandy

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:08

Al Harthy now pits at the end of lap 35 and with 22 second lead. But where wil Michael Caine return to the race?

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:09

Gary Eastwood continues out on track, taking the lead in the Rockingham winning FF Corse Ferrari

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:10

Caine is back in the race, but has lost a spot to Phil Keen’s Porsche which is the best of those who have pitted

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:11

Alexander Sims is in tenth, a result that would not seal the title for co-driver Marco Attard

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:13

Phil Keen now leads the race. Caine is 4.7s behind, Rory Butcher 3rd and Nick Tandy 4th

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:14

Jake Giddings has taken over the GT4 Beechdean entry, but wth title rivals TF Sport in second the lower class battle looks destined to be sorted at Donington

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:15

Jonny Adam looks to be slow in the Beechdeam AMR GT3 again

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:20

Keen’s advantage over Kane is 2.8 seconds, Rory Butcher 7.6s further back in third with 50 minutes to go

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:23

Nick Tandy has taken third from Rory Butcher. He has 8.4 to make up to catch Michael Caine

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:24

Gavan Kershaw was gone off in the ISSY Lotus out on the Grand Prix loop

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:27

Jonny Adam, back on the pace after his earlier blip, is 16th

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:30

Sims is up to 7th, he needs to finish 5th or better to give his teammate the title

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:34

Tom Onslow-Cole is all over Matt Griffin, but can’t pass the GT racing veteran for 5th place

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:35

Godfrey Jones has made an unwelcome visit to the pits

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:39

Sims has joined the Onslow-Cole and Griffin battle for the all important 5th place

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:41

Onslow-Cole slows out Graham Hill Bend, Sims nips out from under rear wing of the Aston to take sixth place

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:42

TO-C back up to speed at the end of the lap, but he’s down to 8th

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:45

25 minutes left, Nick Tandy is right on the tail of Micahel Caine for 2nd

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:46

Tandy takes second on the run up to Druids. Trackspeed Porsches first and second

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:48

Keen has a five second lead. Surely Tandy can’t – or won’t – mount a challenge for the lead

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:50

Well, maybe. The lead is now only 3.3 seconds with 20 minutes to go

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:52

The other battle to watch is for fifth, Alexander Sims finding Matt Griffin a tough man to pass

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:59

The lead is down to less tha 2 seconds, Tandy training by 1.7 seconds with ten laps to go

James Broomhead August 31, 201414:59

Meanwhile Sims is still behind the AF Corse Ferrari.

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:00

0.7 seconds between the pair of Porsches in the lead

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:03

SIMS IS FIFTH. He passes Griffin as they go past the pits. Marco Attard is seven minutes away from being champion

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:03

Phil Keen is slow and in the pits! Nick Tandy leads!

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:05

Keen pits with a punctured tyre. He returns to the race in 10th.

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:06

Four minutes to go. Tandy leads by eight seconds

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:08

Phil Keen’s late demise has also ripped the title from Attard’s hands as Caine and al Harthy will remain in championship contention

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:11

Nick Tandy takes the win on his return to the British GT paddock. The pair of Oman Racing Team cars finish second and third.

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:12

Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie salvage something for the Beechdean AMR team, winning GT4, and extending their championship lead.

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:13

On his British GT3 debut Ryan Ratcliffe claims the final point in the #88 BMW started by Lee Mowle

James Broomhead August 31, 201415:16

That concludes our live blog coverage of the Brands Hatch British GT event.