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 race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, scheduled to start at 1:30pm.

 

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:10

20 minutes till the start of the two hour race here at Brands Hatch.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:13

Cars leaving the pitlane now to file round to the grid where their teams and guests await.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:17

2013 champion Andrew Howard will start the #007 Aston Martin from pole position, Lee Mowle to start the Triple Eight BMW from 2nd 

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:18

Ross Wylie will drive the first stint in the Von Ryan Racing McLaren starting from third in the #10 car’s best qualifying performance this season.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:18

And reigning champion Marco Attard will start the #1 Ecurie Ecosse BMW from fourth on the grid.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:19

Paul McNeilly starts from GT4 pole in the Fox Motorsport Ginetta. Points leaders Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick start fifth with Chadwick taking the start.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:25

Grid being cleared as we near the start of the race.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:28

Cars are off on their formation lap. in 2.4 miles we’ll have racing at Brands Hatch.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:31

Green Flag!!!

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:32

Howard leads Mowle through Paddock Hill Bend for the first time

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:33

End of the first lap and the front four are in qualifying order – Howard, Mowle, Wylie and Attard. Liam Griffin is 5th in the #6 Aston

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:34

Ross Wylie is already flashing the lights on his McLaren trying to find a way past Mowle’s BMW

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:34

Will Moore has taken the GT4 leasd in the #61 Academy Motorsport Aston. Pole man McNeilly back into 2nd in class.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:36

Three laps in, Howard leads by 0.97 seconds but…..

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:37

….he and co-driver Jonny Adam will have to serve a longer pitstop, courtesy if their victory in the last round at Spa-Francorchamps

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:38

Jon Minshaw passed Gary Eastwood’s Ferrari. Rick Parfitt tries to do the same, but he spins the Ferrari around!

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:39

Eastwood drops from ninth right down to the back, meanwhile Parfitt is in the gravel in the #44 Ginetta. Makes you wonder whether the tag damaged the G55….

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:40

Wylie dives for second place at Stirling. Mowle pinches him towards the apex and the McLaren goes around!!

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:41

He doesn’t hit anything and survives a quick recovery trip through the gravel but the young Scot is down in 13th

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:42

That’s handed Howard another chunk of lead, 3.7 seconds ahead now.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:42

The Wylie/Mowle incident is being looked at by the stewards 

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:43

All that has lifted Marco Attard to 3rd, but he’s got Andrew Jarman’s #27 Aston right behind him

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:45

Aleksander Schjerpen and Paul McNeilly go across the line side by side, and Schjerpen get 2nd in GT4 under braking for Paddock

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:46

McNeilly is under pressure again from Graham Johnson at Sheene and the polesitter spins into the gravel.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:46

Replays show Johnson shouldered his rival aside as they approached the right hander

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:47

15 minutes and 10 laps in, Howard leads by 2.7 seconds, the leader starting to have to fight though GT4 traffic

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:49

Andrew Jarman tries to find a way past Attard as they make their way by slower traffic. He looks to the inside of Clark Curve but he’s pinched to the apex and he spins into the gravel.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:49

Brands Hatch’s gravel traps starting to resemble a very untidy car park at the moment.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:50

Lee Mowle has caught right back up to Andrew Howard, with just 0.2 seconds between them after 12 laps

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:53

The GT4 Beechdean entry not being very helpful to Lee Mowle, helping the lead gap out to 2.2 seconds again.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:54

Rick Parfitt is handed a drive through for his role in spinning Gary Eastwood and the FF Corse Ferrari

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:55

Safety Car comes out – Ross Wylie and Godfrey Jones are in the gravel together

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:57

25 minutes into the race, 25 away from the pit window opening. This is exactly what Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam DIDN’T want.

James Broomhead August 2, 201513:58

Ahmad Al Harthy has also been into the pits to replace a punctured tyre. He’s rejoined in 11th.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:01

Howard leads Lee Mowle, Marco Attard third, Liam Griffin fourth, Jon Minshaw sixth in the Barwell Motorsport BMW

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:02

Will Moore lead GT4 as he has done since lap 1, but Aleksander Schjerpen is now right behind him. ISSY Racing’s Os Yusuf is third in the #77 Lotus.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:04

Ross Wylie has made it back to the pits, pitted for new tyres and rejoined – between the two leaders….

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:06

Green Flag, and Andrew Howard jumps into the lead as Lee Mowle is stuck behind the lap down McLaren

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:08

Rick Parfitt gets a 2nd drive through – he served the first one under the safety car

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:09

Liam Griffin takes third from Marco Attard after the #1 driver ran wide through Paddock

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:10

Ahmad Al Harthy has pulled the #2 Aston off the circuit on the way out of Surtees

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:12

Attard drops another place, Jon Minshaw taking fourth at Graham Hill Bend

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:13

Rick Parfitt Jr.’s eventful race has finally come to an end, nosing hard into the tyres at Sheene Curve

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:14

Schjerpen has dropped from 2nd to 5th in GT4 is the space of a lap

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:17

Five minutes before the pit window opens, Howard leads by 2.9 seconds

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:17

He’s had a rather quiet race, considering the chaos that’s unfolded so far…

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:20

Third placed Liam Griffin has passed Ross Wylie’s McLaren and is inching closer to the leaders

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:21

50 minutes in, the pit window opens. Leaders in this time by??

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:22

Oz Yusuf is the first pitter from 2nd in GT4

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:22

The top three are all in together – Howard, Mowle and Griffin

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:23

Jon Minshaw stays out but 8 of the top 9 are in the pits

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:24

Minshaw comes in a lap after his rivals, followed by Gary Eastwood as the first wave of pit visitors return to the track.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:26

So, Joe Osborne leads in the #888 started by Lee Mowle, Rory Butcher (in for Liam Griffin) is 2nd and Alexander Sims (replacing Attard in the #1) is – currently – third

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:28

Sims sets the fastest lap of the race on his first full tour of the circuit – he’s 7.9 seconds off the lead.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:28

Jonny Adam, after the Beechdean team served their longer pitstop, is down in sixth place.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:31

Graham Johnson has still not pitted the #50 Ginetta and so leads GT4

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:32

Now Johnson pits, but where he will rejoin the GT4 battle.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:34

Joe Osborne in the lead has a 3.7 second lead but….

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:35

…but second appearance of the safety car will do away with that. 

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:35

Jamie Stanley in the #48 GT4 Ginetta is the cause, he’s in the middle of Graham Hill looking back up at Druids.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:36

So, under the Safety Car Osborne leads Butcher, Sims, Matt Bell in the #17 TF Sport Aston and Jon Barnes in the #11 Aston from 22GT Racing.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:37

Jonny Adam remains sixth.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:37

The late pitstop looks to have paid off for Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson, the latter now in the lead of GT4.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:38

Stefan Hodgetts is smoking in the Toyota GT86 and he pulls off the track from third in GT4.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:39

May be a flat left-front on the GPRM run car.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:40

Green flag is out and Joe Osborne has HUGE lead. 3.5 seconds ahead at the line as Rory Butcher has to wait behind GT4 traffic.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:40

He’s still dealing with it down Cooper Straight as Alexander Sims tries to take advantage and take the place.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:41

Sims backs out of it, but Osborne has scarpered. 4.8 seconds ahead with 50 minutes to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:46

Rory Butcher soaking up the pressure from Sims behind, all the while inching back toward the #888, taking tenths of a second a lap from the lead.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:47

Jonny Adam remains stuck in sixth, sandwiched between Jon Barnes #11 and Adam Carroll’s #18

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:48

He’ll be relieved then that Jon Barnes will have to serve a drive through penalty.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:49

Phil Keen also called in to serve a penalty – a 1.7 second stop-go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:50

In comes Barnes, punishment for his stopping at the end of the pitlane in order to make the minimum time

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:51

Rory Butcher’s gone missing!! Sims is second, with Matt Bell all over him.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:52

Butcher re-emerges in ninth. 40 minutes to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:52

Sims now has 5.7 seconds to make up if he is to challenge Osborne for the lead.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:53

GT4 leaders are nose to tail, Luke Davenport attacking Mike Robinson.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:53

And Davenport is through, taking the inside line through Sheene Curve.

James Broomhead August 2, 201514:56

Wow! In just a few laps Sims has cut the lead to 2.9 seconds, leaving Matt Bell behind in third place.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:00

Less than a second between the leaders – how long can Joe Osborne keep Alexander Sims behind?

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:01

Half an hour to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:06

Big Shunt – Jon Barnes in the 22GT Aston has backed it into the tyres at Druids.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:06

It’s a viscous – if odd looking, sliding – off but Barnes is out of the car unharmed.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:07

25 minutes to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:08

Hmmm – stewards will look at contact between Sims and Rory Butcher after the race…..

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:13

Sims’ progress has been halted at Mowle’s tail and now Matt Bell is starting to catch the pair of them.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:17

15 minutes to go, and it’s still Osborne leading. Just.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:20

Sims takes a look at the lead at Surtees, but he backs out of it, leaving Osborne to turn into the corner 

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:22

The GT4 podium fight has come to blows, Jake Hill spinning as he tried to take third, collecting Dennis Strandberg, the man he was trying to pass.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:22

Alexander Sims has the lead!!!

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:23

Joe Osborne ran wide through Graham Hill Bend. He tried to squeeze Sims on Cooper Straight, but the Ecurie Ecosse driver was just far enough ahead at Surtees.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:24

Jake Hill retires the AmD Porsche after his off at Druids

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:24

7 minutes to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:26

Worth remembering that the contact between the race leader and Rory Butcher is still to be investigated.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:29

Three minutes to go. Sims had pulled out a 2.6 second lead.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:32

Final lap – 2.4 miles to go.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:33

Alexander Sims takes the victory, 3.6 seconds ahead of Joe Osborne. Matt Bell crosses the line third.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:34

Luke Davenport takes the victory in GT4 in the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta started by David Pattison.

James Broomhead August 2, 201515:35

That’ll do it for our Live Blog coverage from Brands Hatch. We’ll have a full race report online as soon as possible.