Live: Avon Tyres British GT Championship: Silverstone 500


The 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship arrives at Silverstone for the centrepiece three hour Silverstone 500 event on the Grand Prix circuit at the Northamptonshire track.

This live blog will be updated throughout the event.

 

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:06

Cars are forming up on the grid with drizzling rain falling.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:09

Andrew Howard will start from pole on the Beachdean Aston Martin Vantage.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:09

Gilles Vannelet, new to the British GT grid, will start his VonRyan Racing McLaren from second.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:10

Oz Yusuf leads the GT4 class on the grid in the ISSY Racing Lotus Evora.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:13

Teams have to complete a minimum of three driver change pitstops during the race. Those with extra time added to their stops after podium finishes at Rockingham serve the ‘penalty’ on the final stop.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:17

Cars are away to start the formation laps.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:18

Well, all except the #55 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4, which is being pushed from the grid.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:20

Green!!!!

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:20

Andrew Howard leads into Copse for the first time but he spin the #007 at Becketts!!!

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:21

Gilles Vannelet takes up the lead in his McLaren, Marco Attard second for Ecurie Ecosse.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:22

It’s treacherous out there. All sorts of racing lines being taken through Village and the Loop as drivers experiment to find grip.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:23

Vannelet leads lap one from Attard. Ahmad Al Harthy third in the #2 Oman Racing Team Aston

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:23

Yusuf holds the GT4 lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:23

Andrew Howard crosses the line 18th.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:23

Al Harthy takes second around the outside at Stowe.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:25

Jamie Chadwick has had a spin at Copse, but she stopped the slide short of the gravel.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:26

Lee Mowle goes wide at Becketts under pressure from Liam Griffin the #6 Aston.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:26

Chadwick has come across the line, but she’s dropped from 4th to 10th in class after that spin.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:27

Terry Langley takes the GT4 lead at Stowe, going around the outside of Yusuf’s Evora.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:28

And now he’s back down to 4th in GT4, muscled wide by Will Moore and Richard Williams.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:29

Back at the front Vannelet leads by 1.8 seconds from Al Harthy.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:30

Some drivers are starting to dive for the wetter parts of the track down the straights.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:30

Vannelet’s lead goes up to 2.3seconds with the fastest lap of the race on lap 4.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:31

And in GT4 Will Moore moves the #61 Academy Motorsport Aston into the lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:31

Yusuf has dropped to fifth in class.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:31

GT4 leader Will Moore is under investigation for spinning Jamie Chadwick.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:32

Vannelet’s lead up to 4.2 seconds, Attard another seven seconds back in third.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:33

Lee Mowle goes grass tracking again, and loses a place to Jon Minshaw in the #63 Demon Tweeks BMW.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:34

Graham Johnson pits the #50 GT4 Ginetta. He and Mike Robinson are the class points’ leaders. 

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:36

Alistair MacKinnon takes sixth from Liam Griffin, the RAM Racing Merc making progress in the early laps. 

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:37

Team Manager of Will Moore’s #61 GT4 Aston is being summoned to the stewards. Will they have to take a penalty for the early contact?

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:38

Vannelet is already into the tail of the GT4 class. Last year slower traffic played a role in the lead battle of this race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:39

Definite problems for the GT4 points leaders, who make a second stop in as many laps.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:42

Ian Loggie suffers a big spin at Abbey. No damage thankfully and the Team Parker Racing Audi continues on.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:43

However, he only moves as far the following corner before stopping the #24 entry.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:45

10 laps and 25 minutes in Gilles Vannelet leads by 8 seconds over Ahmad Al Harthy. Jon Minshaw is now third in the red and green Barwell BMW.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:46

Lap one spinner Andrew Howard has made it back into the top ten, but is more than 30 seconds off the lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:47

Mark Farmer passes Ross Wylie for eighth, the 22GT Aston now ahead of VonRyan McLaren.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:49

Chadwick moves back to third in GT4, passing the Richard Williams Toyta GT86 at the chicane at the end of the Vale.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:51

Mark Farmer is the latest driver to straight line between Becketts and Chapel as Andrew Howard passes Ross Wylie for 9th.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:52

Derek Johnston spins the #17 Aston at Stowe and Gary Eastwood collects the front end of the car. Damage to the front-left FF Corse Ferrari.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:53

Safety Car is out. That’ll wipe out a 8 second lead for Vannelet and prompt rush hour in the pitlane! 

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:53

Vannelet, Al Harthy, Minshaw, Attard and Griffin lead the field into the pits.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:54

Lee Mowle and Alistair MacKinnon continue on track, taking first and second on track.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:55

The FF Corse pitcrew look at thee damage to their car, but the Ferrari is wheeled back into the garage.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:56

Now, after 36 minutes of three hours Mowle and MacKinnon pit, but Mark Farmer stays out, the 22GT Racing driver taking the lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:56

David Ashburn should be up to second place in the Trackspeed Porsche.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:57

Replays show that Derek Johnston spun the TF Sport Aston all on his own, and had just begun to try and rejoin the race when Gary Eastwood arrived on the scene.

James Broomhead May 31, 201512:59

Tim Eakin has picked up the GT4 lead in his Stratton Motorsport Lotus.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:00

So, under Safety Car Mark Farmer leads David Ashburn with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs third having taken over the #12 McLaren from Gilles Vannelet.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:01

FF Corse’s Ferrari is confirmed as a retirement. Radiator damage suffered in the collision with the #17 Aston the reason.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:04

Ian Loggie is back in the pits in the Team Parker Racing Audi, but his body language alone tells the story. Out of the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:06

The #55 Optimum Ginetta – 12 laps down on the overall leader – is the first car to swap onto slick tyres.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:06

If this safety car stays out much longer you get the feeling they won’t be alone for too long.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:10

Mark Farmer gives up the lead to pit, Phil Keen following him in. Slick tyres?

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:10

The #77 Lotus is also back in.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:11

Slick covers on the #11 Aston.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:13

Mike Simpson and, from the GT4 lead, Tim Eakin now pit as do about half a dozen other teams.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:14

That number includes the Triple Eight BMW.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:16

More cars in the pits, including Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Daniel Lloyd for their team’s second pit stops.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:17

Just before the end of the first hour. The safety is coming back in. David Ashburn, on worn wet tyres leads the race on a drying track.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:18

Dennis Strandberg in the #61 Academy Aston has been shuffled back into the GT4 lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:19

Back to green!!

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:19

Jon Minshaw is back in the pits. He’s still on wets, soo this will be a change to slicks surely.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:20

Jonny Adam, still one wets, passes David Ashburn, still on wets, for the lead at Abbey.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:21

Marco Attard is the best of the slick shod runners in eighth.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:24

Jon Barnes is up to third, the Aston on slicks carving through the wet tyred runners.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:25

Rory Butcher stops from third for slick tyres on the #6 Aston and Liam Griffin to get in the car.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:25

Jon Barnes leads the race. Powering by Jonny Adam between Village and The Loop.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:26

After an hour and 7 minutes David Ashburn pits the Trackspeed Porsche for the first time. 

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:27

David Ashburn has missed his pit box. Stops in pitlane before being waved through.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:28

Barnes leads Jonny Adam by 18 seconds. That’s the difference between slicks and wets.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:29

Jon Minshaw is third, but he’s a minute off the lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:30

Matt Nicholl-Jones leads GT4 in Academy Motorsport’s #62 Aston

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:31

Jonny Adam pits for slicks and for Andrew Howard to take over behind the wheel.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:32

The Gt4 lead changes again. Matt Nicholl-Jones pits and Stefan Hodgetts leads in the Toyota GT86.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:34

Contact between Aleksander Schjerpan and Luke Davenport. Davenport crabbing the #56 Tolman Motorsport car back to the pits.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:35

Jake Giddings is second in GT4 in the JWB Motorsport Aston, Jake Hill 3rd in AmD’s Porsche 

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:36

Lewis Plato, the RAM Racing Merc now on slicks is up to second, 74 seconds behind Jon Barnes.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:41

22GT Racing – one stop made – lead RAM Racing – 2 stops made – by 77seconds. Barwell Motorsport – 3 stops made, but still on wets – are third, another 5 seconds back.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:41

Oz Yusuf has spun the ISSY Racing Lotus. He loses time but carries on.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:42

Andrew Howard, after the second Beechdean stop is back in 11th. Yo-Yo race so far for the 2013 champion.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:45

Vannelet, takes fifth fro Lee Mowle at Maggotts.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:51

Half way point, Barnes leads by 75 seconds from RAM Racing’s Lewis Plato. Jon Minshaw in third is another 20 seconds back, but….

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:52

Minshaw and the Barwell team have made the mandatory three stops, The RAM Mercedes has come in twice and Barnes and the 22GT Racing Aston have made just one stop.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:52

The top three in GT4 are split by less than two seconds, Stefan Hodgetts leading the class.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:53

Hodgetts now pits, passing the lead to Jake Giddings with Jake Hill right behind him.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:54

Plato now pits the Merc from 2nd. Alistair MacKinnon taking over behind the wheel of the SLS.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:56

Jake Hill has taken the GT4 lead in the AmD Racing Porsche.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:58

Andrew Howard has spun the #007 at The Loop. He’s down in tenth with two stops made.

James Broomhead May 31, 201513:59

ISSY Racing – early race leaders in GT4 – are in the pits, Gavan Kershaw taking over the #77 Evora.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:00

Jody Fannin is up to fifth at Lee Mowle’s expense.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:01

Jamie Wall is limping the 4th placed #54 Lotus back to the pits.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:02

There is an orange cone wedged under the front of the Lotus.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:03

Ahmad Al Harthy takes second from Jon Minshaw. Jon Barnes still more than a minute up the road.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:04

Lee Mowle pits the #888 BMW from sixth. This will put Joe Osborne into the car and complete the team’s third and final mandatory stop.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:05

Jake Hill now pits from the GT4 lead, Graham Coombes standing by to take over the #49 machine.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:07

Jake Giddings is back in the GT4 lead in the JWB BIRD Motorsport Aston.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:07

Jon Minshaw spins, tapped around at Village by MacKinnon in the RAM Racing Merc.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:08

Minshaw’s BMW had a flat rear-right tyre. He is smoking his way back down the Wellington Straight.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:09

There is also damage to the front-left of the Merc.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:11

The damage to the BMW is more than just a flat tyre. It’s suspension damage too.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:12

Minshaw and Keen’s BMW is out of the race….

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:12

Jon Barnes pits the 22GT Aston from the lead. Mark Farmer standing by to take over the #11.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:13

Marco Attard also in the pits, the #1 team giving up 4th place.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:14

Ahmad Al Harthy pits the #2 car from second place. Daniel Lloyd set to take the Oman Racing Team entry to the end of the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:15

The two Academy Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 both have stop go penalties for short pitstops. 

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:15

All driver change stops have to meet a minimum time.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:16

Jake Giddings pits from the GT4 lead. Keiran Grifffin standing by in the JWB garage.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:17

Gilles Vannelet is fleetingly back in the lead, but pits the #12 McLaren.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:18

The penalties for the #61 and #62 Academy Astons are 35 and 29 seconds respectively.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:20

Alexander Sims is flying – just set the fastest lap now

Joe Hudson May 31, 201514:20

Andrew Howard is up to third place now, as the #10 is in the pits

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:21

The #71 Aston that currently leads GT4 has a 3 second stop go penalty.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:22

And the #71’s serving of it’s penance gives the lead back to the Toyota GT86, now with Richard Williams at the wheel.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:23

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs takes third from Alistair MacKinnon at Brooklands. He’s 1 minute, 44 seconds off the lead which is back with 22GT and Mark Farmer.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:24

Andrew Howrd, having risen up to second as others make pitstops, now comes into the pits himself.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:26

And the #007’s stop gives Quaife-Hobbs second place, and he’s flying. 7 seconds quicker than Farmer on the last lap.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:29

Alistair MacKinnon is black flagged, deemed responsible for the collision that put the Minshaw BMW out of the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:32

The GT4 leader is off the track on the Hanger Straight. the Toyota GT86 is out of the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:32

So the GT4 leader is now the Beechdean AMR car of Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:38

Gunn’s lead is 45 seconds over Mike Hart in the Quantamatic Aston, Liam Griffin 10 seconds further behind in third.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:39

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs narrowly avoids a slow ISSY Racing Lotus on the exit of Club.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:39

Gavan Kershaw in the Lotus looked like he was recovering from a spin.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:42

The leader has had a big shunt out of Club

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:43

This will be a Safety Car – at least.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:43

There are 37 minutes remaining.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:44

Safety Car is out. We have not seen Mark Farmer get out of the car.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:46

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has inherited the lead in the #12 VonRyan McLaren he shares with Gilles Vannelet. Joe Osborne is 2nd in #888, Daniel Lloyd third in the #2 Aston Martin.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:47

Ross Gunn leads GT4 for Beechdean AMR.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:50

30 minutes left in the race. The field is behind the safety car as doctors and marshalls attend the scene of the accident at Club.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:53

Reports that Farmer got out of the car and was standing up with the rescue crews. The car is being recovered onto a flat bed.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:56

Quaife-Hobbs leads. Joe Osborne in 2nd has a GT4 car between he and the leader. Then there’s another GT4 between Osborne and third placed Daniel Lloyd.

James Broomhead May 31, 201514:58

Safety Car coming in, with 20 minutes of the race to go.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:00

Back to green.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:01

A ‘yellow flag incident’ involving Quaife-Hobbs and the #50 GT4 Ginetta will be investigated after the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:04

Joe Osborne is just 1.2 seconds behind Quaife-Hobbs for the lead.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:05

Osborne cuts the lead further to 0.7s with 15 minutes to go.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:07

Jonny Adam, Rory Butcher and Andrew Watson are together in a fight for 5th place.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:10

Alexander Sims and Daniel Lloyd are side by side around Stowe, but Sims’ outside line becomes the inside for the chicane and he takes third place.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:13

Both Butcher and Adam have got past Watson’s McLaren.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:15

Five minutes to go. 1.5s between Quaife-Hobbs and Osborne for the lead. Sims 5.7s back in third.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:17

Adam is by Butcher for 5th. The front of Butcher’s #6 slightly damaged after contact somewhere.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:19

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs goes onto the last lap of the race.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:21

Quaife-Hobbs takes victory at Silverstone of VonRyan Racing!!!

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:22

Just 0.5 seconds between Quaife-Hobbs and Joe Osborne at the end of 74 laps.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:22

Alexander Sims takes third in the #1 Ecurie Ecosse BMW.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:23

Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn win GT4 in the Beechdean AMR Vantage GT4.

James Broomhead May 31, 201515:24

That’s it for our live blog coverage of the Silverstone 500. We’ll have a full report on the site as soon as possible.