LIVE: AVON TYRES BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP ROCKINGHAM


The 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship continues today with round three, a two hour race at Rockingham Motor Speedway in steadily drying conditions after a lot of rain overnight and into the morning.

This live blog will be updated throughout the race.

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:01

Hello all! We are 25 minutes out from the third round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship!

James Broomhead May 3, 201513:08

This race is the first British GT race of the year LIVE on Motors TV

James Broomhead May 3, 201513:11

The Twisted Team Parker Ginetta G55 GT4 is still in the pits. The car had a new engine fitted overnight.

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:18

We now have 5 minutes until the formation lap gets underway. The Twisted Team Parkier Ginetta is still in the pits but the mechanics have stopped swarming around the car.

James Broomhead May 3, 201513:21

Cars are off on the formation laps. It’s the ‘gentlemen’ drivers starting the race so it’s Marco Attard on pole in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:23

Cars are round on their formation lap as the Twisted Team Parker car trundles down to the end of the pit lane, it looks like they will be starting the race

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:25

Lights out and they are away, the leaders seem to get through the hairpin fine

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:25

But Andrew Howard in the #007 Aston Martin has taken the lead from Attard’s BMW

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:26

Two off at the end of the School Straight! Its both the VonRyan McLaren’s!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:27

In all that, Jamie Chadwick still leads the GT4 battle after the first lap

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:27

Safety car is coming out now to clear up the wreckage of both the McLarens

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:28

That means Howard’s brisk lead in the Beechdean Aston is going to be negated

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:29

With that pause for the safety car we’ll go through the leaders.

GT3: 1st Andrew Howard, 2nd Marco Attard, 3rd Ahmad Al Harthy.
GT4: 1st Jamie Chadwick, 2nd Richard Williams, 3rd Will Moore

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:32

Both cars have been snatched from the gravel now, we could be getting back underway in a lap or two

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:33

From the replay it seems Yoluc pulled out from a way back on the School Straight and t-bones team mate Ross Wylie

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:35

And the safety car is in this lap so we will be back racing!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:36

Howard makes a decent start, Attard tries a lunge going into the Deene hairpin but pulls out of it

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:37

Chadwick still leads in the ‘baby’ Beechdean in GT4

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:38

Rick Parfitt’s Ginetta G55 GT3 seems to be slowing down now, will be visiting the pits

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:39

He’s missed the pit entry this time round, but he is still going slowly

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:40

Andrew Howard is still pulling out a slow gap on Attard, who is being followed by the Oman Racing Team Aston of Harthy and the #17 TF Sport Aston

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:41

#44 Ginetta of Parfitt is in the pits, but has stopped just shy of the pit lane itself

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:42

The Triple 8 BMW has damage on the left rear wheel arch from Yoluc’s lunge down the inside earlier

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:42

However, the #32 Ginetta – the sister car of Parfitt’s – is also going slowly now as well

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:43

Unseen to us, Marco Attard has taken the lead of the race from Andrew Howard

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:44

Andrew Howard has seen second and third taken from him at Gracelands as Harthy and Johnston get past 

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:44

#32 Ginetta is also in the pits now as well 

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:45

Steve Tandy’s #32 seems to be changing a tyre – could it be a puncture?

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:46

Liam Griffin has taken fifth off Jon Minshaw at the Deene Hairpin

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:47

Porsche has just had a spin coming out of Tarzan, seems to be fine

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:47

Leaders are now coming up against GT4 traffic now, Attard has survived the first skirmishes

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:48

Steve Tandy’s Ginetta is coming back out now

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:49

In all this, Jamie Chadwick in the Beechdean GT4 has an 8 second lead over the 2nd placed Richard Williams Toyota

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:49

Jon Minshaw in the Demon Tweeks BMW has out braked himself going into the Deene Hairpin!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:50

He’s lost sixth place but not sure just how far down that has taken him

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:53

Ahmad Al Harthy is certainly closing up on Attard for the lead, about half a second between them!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:54

AmDTuning Porsche has gone too far coming up to the Deene Hairpin and has lost a handful of places

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:55

The GT3 Beechdean Aston is being hassled by Liam Griffin in the 2nd Oman Racing Team Aston

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:55

Al Harthy just set the fastest lap of the race in his chase down of Attard

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:55

And now Griffin has taken fourth place from Andrew Howard!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:56

#44 Ginetta of Rick Parfitt is being pulled into the garage now

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:59

Car spun at Deene Hairpin, one of the Academy Motorsport GT4 Astons

Joe Hudson May 3, 201513:59

Griffin now is closing in on Derek Johnston for third place

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:00

It was Will Moore in the #61 that spun

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:00

Al Harthy almost touching the back of Attard now, but the BMW has just enough pace to keep ahead

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:01

Bu Al Harthy has been warned to respect track limits

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:01

And on that lap, Griffin has successfully passed Johnston in the sister Aston Martin

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:02

It is believed that the #44 Ginetta of Parfitt is an electrical issue that is keeping the car stuck in 2nd gear

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:02

The #47 of Kieran Griffin is having a good scrap with the Stratton Aston Martin

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:03

Al Harthy was held up at Kirby by GT4 traffic, his gap to Attard has gone up a bit

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:05

A sense of De Ja Vu here, Al Harthy held up again at Kirby, this time by Tolman Ginetta G55 Gt4

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:06

Lee Mowle is being swamped by Alistair MacKinnon in the RAM Racing Mercedes for sixth place

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:07

Jamie Chadwick is now hitting such a pace that she is lapping GT4 traffic now

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:08

Minshaw has dropped down to 10th after being passed by the second TF Sport Aston Martin of Andrew Jarman

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:09

University of Bolton Ginetta has spun at Deene – one of many to be caught out so far

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:13

Pit crews are preparing to deal with their entries, each driver must do 50 minutes so we are seeing minimum driver times being reached now

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:14

Attard has seen his lead eroded by Al Harthy now, down to 0.601s

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:15

Twisted Team Parker Ginetta is the first into the pits, followed by the Tolman Ginetta

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:15

Both routine stops I should add

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:15

The GPRM Toyota is also in the pits, as both the leaders come in, this could decide the lead!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:16

Andrew Howard pits to hand over to Jonny Adam

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:17

The #2 pulls away first, Alexander Sims has to wait another 10 seconds in his stop.

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:18

Stefan Hodgetts has stopped at the end of the pit lane, doesn’t look too good

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:19

Chadwick still leads GT4, but she hasn’t been in to hand over to team mate Ross Gunn yet

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:20

The Hodgetts Toyota is back out now, but is going pretty slowly so comes back into the pits

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:21

Sims, on his first racing lap, sets the fastest lap of the race in fifth place

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:21

Jamie Chadwick pits from the lead of GT4

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:22

Daniel Lloyd now leads in the #2 handed over to him by Al Harthy

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:25

Ross Gunn still leads GT4 – passing the two former leaders who are pitting

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:28

The #51 of Jade Edwards has been given a stop/go penalty for a pit lane infringement

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:29

Sims is right on the back of Lloyd in the Aston, almost side-by-side at Piff Paff

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:33

GT3 Ginetta of Rick Parfitt is going slowly down the Steel Straight, doesn’t look like a healthy car

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:34

Twisted Team Parker Ginetta and the AmDTuning Porsche have collided at Gracelands – both have got going again – both have pitted

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:35

#44 Ginetta has a puncture on the left-rear tyre

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:35

Team Parker’s left wheel is pointing a completely different direction to rest of the wheels

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:37

University of Bolton Ginetta has pitted, looks like a tyre change

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:38

Jody Fannin in 10th has a one second stop/go penalty for a pit lane infringement

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:44

Lets go through the leaders

GT3: Lloyd, Sims, Butcher, Bell, Plato

GT4: Gunn, Robinson, Strandberg, Birch, Stanley

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:44

Lloyd goes wide at Deene Hairpin, and the BMW has got through for the lead!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:45

It seems as though Lloyd was caught up in the traffic ahead

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:45

Mike Simpson in the #32 Ginetta has just come across the line very slowly

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:48

#32 Ginetta is being pushed into the pit garage, did have a gearbox problem says Steve Tandy

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:51

Gunn’s lead at the head of GT4 has stretched to over one minute over the #50 PMW Expo Racing Ginetta!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:54

#62 is beached at Tarzan, looks like the safety car is coming out!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:56

And it has come true – the green lotus is back out to bunch up the grid while the Aston is snatched

Joe Hudson May 3, 201514:57

That safety car has particularly helped Ross Gunn, the second place car is ahead of him in the safety car chain so near enough a lap lead

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:02

Safety car is coming back in this lap, the beached Aston has found its way back into the pit lane

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:04

Thanks to a GT4 separating them, Sims has managed to pull away from Daniel Lloyd

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:04

Adam Carroll in the Ferrari has pulled off witch craft after going round two cars on the outside of turn one

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:06

Matt Bell has dropped back to sixth after being overtaken by the RAM Racing Mercedes

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:06

Adam Carroll has been black flagged after being adjudged to have pushed off the Academy Motorsport Aston that found itself in the gravel

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:07

#61 has taken second place in GT4 after passing the PMW Expo Racing Ginetta of Mike Robinson

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:08

Although Carroll has ignored the black flag this time round. The rebel

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:09

Carroll has now decided to come in!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:12

Ross Gunn is on it! He has just lapped third in GT4

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:12

Lewis Plato is slowly catching Rory Butcher for third place, could become interesting in a few minutes time

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:13

#48 Fox Motorsport car has just pinched third in GT4 at Brook

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:15

There is a four car chain for 5th place with Bell being chased by the Triple 8 BMW, Jonny Adam in the Beechdean Aston and Phil Keen in the Demon Tweeks BMW

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:20

We have less than 5 minutes to go! 2nd, 3rd and 4th in GT3 are within spitting distance of each other, with Butcher really closing up on Daniel Lloyd

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:22

#48 Ginetta in third place took to the grass to avoid the GT3 battle – lost a couple of places

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:24

Rick Parfitt has made a visit to the gravel at Gracelands as we go onto the FINAL LAP!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:25

Sims takes a dominant win as the flag drops!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:26

In the three car battle for second, Lloyd holds on for 2nd and Butcher takes third place!

Joe Hudson May 3, 201515:26

Gunn wins in GT4 from Strandberg and and Giddings 

  • Darren Morton Bsc Ssc

    Great day at the speedway even if it was a wet morning.