LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship Donington Park


Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

This live blog will be updated throughout the two hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Donington Park, the final round of the season with the GT3 and GT4 class titles still to be decided.

James Broomhead September 14, 201412:43

The British GT field is just starting to make its way out to the grid for the season finale.

James Broomhead September 14, 201412:45

It’s a two hour race to end the season with the two teams capable to giving their drivers the title.

James Broomhead September 14, 201412:46

And wouldn’t you know it – they start the race side by side. the #4 Aston of Ahmad Al Harthy on pole alongside the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW to be started by Marco Attard.

James Broomhead September 14, 201412:55

Cars are pulling away from the grid. We’ll start racing in 2.5 miles’ times

James Broomhead September 14, 201412:59

And they’re away. Al Harthy takes the lead from an ominously smoky Ecurie Ecosse BMW

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:00

Al Harthy leads Attard and Liam Griffin through lap one. That BMW is still trailing smoke.

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:01

The Jones brothers McLaren is off at the Old Hairpin, they will not complete the opening lap of the race

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:01

Oz Yusef is holding the GT4 lead from pole in the ISSY Racing Lotus

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:02

The smoke appears to be having no effect on Attard. He’s closing in on Al Harthy for the lead

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:03

After three laps the gap is just 0.8 seconds. Al Harthy needs to build a lead in his stint to absorb the longer pitstop they must complete after finishing second at Brands

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:04

The Jones McLaren has made it back to the pitlane.

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:06

Change in GT4, Yusef has dropped to rear of the field, Andrew Jarman taking up the lead

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:06

Andrew Howard has spun into the gravel at the chicane. The 2013 champion departs with a whimper

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:07

The change in GT4 has done little to effect the class points, champions elect Beechdean AMR running second in class, safely in position to take the title

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:08

Jody Firth in the #8 Triple Eight BMW is another earlt spinner, falling from the top ten

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:08

Al Harthy, meanwhile, has pulled out a 2.7 second lead over Attard, the Ecurie Ecosse BMW has stopped smoking

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:11

The front three in GT4 are nose to tail, the championship contenders first and second ahead of Rick Parfitt Jr in the Century Motorsport Ginetta

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:14

Marco Attard Pits!!

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:14

He was in the middle of a gaggle of traffic. Contact?

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:14

The car is being spun into the garage!

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:15

Now, the question becomes can Al Harthy and Michael Caine win the race?

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:15

The skirmish behind has inflated Al Harthy’s lead to 7.7 seconds with 18 minutes of the race gone

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:17

It’s also now an Oman Racing Team 1-2 with Liam Griffin second, now 8.6 seconds behind

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:20

Oz Yusef’s Lotus has just crawled past the pits before pulling off the track at Redgate

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:23

Marco Attard suggests a gearbox problem talking to the track commentators

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:28

Gary Eastwood moves up to 4th, passing both Mark Patterson and Derek Johnston in a single lap.

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:29

Half and hour in Al Harthy leads by 9.9 seconds from Griffin, Jon Minshaw’s Porsche third them Eastwood, Johnston and Patterson.

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:29

David Ashburn, who will make way for Nick Tandy is 10th, 34 seconds off the lead

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:31

Patterson and Paul White have spun at the chicane. I suspect contact

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:31

White brings the Strata 21 Aston with a flat right-front tyre

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:34

Eastwood has caught Minshaw, now pressuring the Porsche man for 3rd

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:35

The front of the GT4 class remains close, Andrew Jarman 0.7s ahead of Beechdean’s Ross Wylie

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:37

10 minutes until the pit window opens and the lead has gone out to 15 seconds. Is Liam Griffin backing off to help his Oman Racing teammate?

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:40

17 seconds the lead now, Griffin fending off the combined efforts of Minshaw, Eastwood and Johnston to keep hold of second place

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:45

Three minutes until the pit window opens. Al Harthy leads the second placed pack by 18.2 seconds

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:47

Rick Parfitt Jr has taken second in GT4 from Ross Wylie. No worry, Wylie has plenty of room in the results to finish third and still take the title

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:48

Now Parfitt takes the class lead, Andrew Jarman drops from the lead to 3rd behind Wylie

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:48

The pit window is now open. Who takes the early opportunity?

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:49

Gary Eastwood is the first of the top me to come in, handing the FF Corse car off to Ollie Hancock

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:50

Derek Johnston and Mark Patterson also early stoppers from the top ten

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:54

Griffin and Minshaw pit together, the Porsche should be out ahead, the Aston team having to serve a longer stop after finishing on the podium in the previous race

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:55

Al Harthy remains on track, now 23 seconds ahead of Pasin Lathouras

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:56

Al Harthy pits just a minute before the half way mark

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:57

Pasin Lathouras stays out for at least another lap

James Broomhead September 14, 201413:59

Michael Caine gets out ahead of Phil Keen’s Porsched, but the lead is – needless to say – much reduced

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:00

Lathouras pits from the lead. He almost tripped over Steven Kane in the Bentley as he came in

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:01

The margin between Caine and Keen is just 2.8 seconds

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:04

Morten Dons has picked up the GT4 lead with TF Spport man Devon Modell second.

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:06

So, Caine leads Keen by 3.1 seconds. Then its Ollie Hancock, Rory Butcher and Richard Lyons

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:06

Caine edges away again, another tenth of a second to top up his lead

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:13

Caine has lost a second of his lead in GT4 traffic, but gernally his and Keen’s lap times are very similar at the moment

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:14

The #88 BMW pitss with right-rear damage. Michael Caine’s Aston has a little front end damage to match.

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:15

Caine’s lead is cut by another 0.2 seconds as a result, Keen just 1.9 in arrears now

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:17

The lead is now 1.4 seconds with 40 seconds of the race remaining

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:19

Ollie Hancock is closing on the top two, nearly a second faster in the FF Corse Ferrari

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:23

Keen is now only half a second behind, Hancock another 1.7 seconds back

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:27

Top three now split by 1.5 seconds. Matt Bell is a relatively distant third, 13 seconds behind. 31 minutes of the race remaining

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:31

Hancock now launching an attack on Keen for second. Will this allow Caine to make an escape

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:32

0.7 seconds between the top three!! 25 minutes to go!

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:35

Whisper it quietly. It might be raining

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:37

Phil Keen leads the race. Caine now battling Hancock to keep second

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:37

That would give Marco Attard the title!!

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:37

Caine is back to third now

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:38

20 minutes to go

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:40

Keen’s lead is 1.2 seconds over Hancock. Caine third with Matt Bell ctahcing in 4th

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:43

The chances of rain seem to have blown themselves out

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:44

Morten Dons pits from the GT4 lead, Devon Modell picking up the lead of the class

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:46

Bell is right on the tail of Caine for third place. 12 minutes to go

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:48

Beechdean AMR GT4 in the pitlane. Late dram in the GT4 points race

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:51

Bell takes third place from Michael Caine, their title chances slipping into the distance.

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:53

the extra stop has dropped Jake Giddings in the GT4 Beechdean down to 5th. But they would still win the championship

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:55

Devon Modell has spun the TF Sport Aston out of the class lead. Tom Oliphant claims the lead in the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:57

Phil Keen begins what should be the last lap, 2.2 seconds ahead of Ollie Hancock

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:58

The checkered flag greets Phil Keen to signal victory. Ollie Hancock comes home 2nd, Bell 3rd and Michael Caine fourth

James Broomhead September 14, 201414:59

Marco Attard is the 2014 British GT Champion!!

James Broomhead September 14, 201415:00

Tom Oliphant claims GT4 victory, but the class title goes to Beechdean AMR’s Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie

James Broomhead September 14, 201415:01

That’s it for our live coverage of the race, and the season. We’ll have a full race report online later today.