LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship – The Decider at Donington


This live blog will be updated throughout the two hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Donington Park, with four crews capable of lifting the title at the start of the race.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:41

We’re 20 minutes away from the start of the final British GT race of the year here at Donington Park.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:41

The teams are out on the grid, waiting for the cars to come round to join them.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:46

And here are the cars, Marco Attard pulls the points leading Ecurie Ecosse BMW into fifth on the grid. 

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:46

Andrew Howard brings the #007 Aston Martin onto pole. The Beechdean team are just two points behind in the championship.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:48

Sorry, Andrew Howard and the #007 are only second, pole belongs to the #17 TF Sport Aston of Andrew Jarman.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:53

The other two title contenders start 3rd and 8th, Lee Mowle on the 2nd row in the #888 BMW, Liam Griffin starting the #6 Oman Racing Team Aston.

James Broomhead September 13, 201512:57

The field is off on the green flag. Next time by two hours of racing begins.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:00

Jarman leads from pole in turn one and the top two in the title are side by side.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:02

Jarman leads Mowle and Attard after lap one. ANdrew Howard is down in 5th.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:02

The ISSY Racing Lotus that started from GT4 pole has spun at the Melbourne Hairpin  

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:03

Two laps in and the lead gap is 1.6 seconds.

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Points as it stands – #1 – 165.5, #7 – 156.5, #6 – 135.5, #888 – 138

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Lap 3 – ATTARD SPINS!! He falls from 3rd to 13th at the final corner!!

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That moves Andrew Howard and the Beechdean #007 into the provisional points lead.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:07

Points as it stands – #7 – 156.5, #1 – 143.5, #6 – 141.5, #888 – 138

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:07

Contact between the #1 of Attard and the #17 Aston of Derek Johnston is under investigation

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:09

First lap contact the #77 Lotus and the #407 Aston is under under consideration by the stewards

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Will Moore leads GT4 in the #61 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin.

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less that 15 minutes in and the leaders are deep in GT4 traffic, Jarmans holds the lead by two seconds

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Though that margin has been halved by Lee Mowle though the slower cars

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Marco Attard is up to 12th, passing Steve Tandy in the #32 Ginetta.

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Derek Johnston, exonerated of blame for the Attard spin – is up to 2nd past Lee Mowle.

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Andrew Howard, meanwhile is still in 5th, but with a charging Bradley Ellis gaining fast.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:17

Ellis, a former series champion, is sharing the RAM Racing Merc with Lewis Plato for the weekend.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:18

No! The #6 and #888 come together at Melbourne – that two of the title contenders.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:19

That was a fight for 3rd. Mowle continues in the #888 BMW, Liam Griffin pits the #6 with heavy right-front damage.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:20

And the #6 is retired.

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Bradley Ellis is up to fourth, past Andrew Howard in the #007

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:21

Up front the gap between Jarman and Johnston is 2.4 seconds after 14 laps.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:22

And Attard is off the track. And Jamie Chadwick is limping along in the #407 Beechdean AMR GT4 car.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:23

And now Marco Attard is off again. Much more damage and the reigning champion is getting out of the car.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:23

That hands the title to Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam. They just need to keep going really.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:24

The Safety Car is out.

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It looks like Jamie Chadwick turned into the Attard BMW at the hairpin, but then Attard looks to have gone off as he tried to recover.

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So, behind the Safety Car Jarman leads Johnson, Mowle, Ellis, Howard and Jon Minshaw

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:27

Will Moore still leads in GT4 for Academy Motorsport

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All of this and we’re not even half and hour in!!

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:31

Safety Car into the pits and Andrew Jarman leads them back to racing

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:34

More championship moves – the right side door of the #888 BMW looks to be open

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:35

Bradley Ellis takes third from Mowle. He had a second to make up to Derek Johnston

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:38

Jarman’s lead is up to over 3 seconds as Johnston has turn his hand to defense from the stalking Bradley Ellis SLS

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Ellis has slipped slightly off the back of the Aston ahead, 1.6 seconds behind now.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:43

Andrew Howard is sitting in fifth, but that’s all he needs to do.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:44

Points as it stands – #7 – 156.5, #1 – 143.5, #888 – 129, #6 -123.5

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:45

Will Moore and Aleksander Schjerpen are split by less that a second at the head of GT4.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:46

Ross Wylie has sixth ahead of Jon Minshaw. Just 4 minutes until the pit window opens.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:46

Tim Eakin in the #54 GT4 Lotus was spun by Wylie as he passed the Minshaw BMW

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:50

As Ellis has fallen back the lead pair have come back together, less than a second between Jarman and Johnston – these 2 are TF Sport teammates

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Pit window open – Lee Mowle and Jon Minshaw the first to call in from GT3

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:51

Will Moore also in from the GT4 lead, so Schjerpen takes the class lead.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:52

Fuel, tyres and big square of race tape over the door for the #888 as Joe Osborne gets in.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:52

Andrew Howard into the pits. Jonny Adam in, but they have an extra 20 seconds on their stop after their win in the previous round.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:53

Jarman and Johnson staying out in the top two places

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Ellie also staying out – he will probably run the longest possible stint before handing over to Lewis Plato

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That’s Ellis staying out, of course.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:55

Derek Johnson now pits, followed by Ellis, leaving Jarman alone out front.

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:57

Ross Wylie has moved up to second by not stopping, the Jones brothers in 3rd with a similar strategy

James Broomhead September 13, 201513:58

Just before the hour mark Andrew Jarman is in from the lead, as is Wylie from 2nd 

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:02

Optimum Motorsport’s Gt4 Ginetta is in the pits having moved into the class lead

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:03

The Jones brothers’ Merc has still yet to pit, and still leads. Matt Bell in the #17 started by Derek Johnston is the best of those who has come to the pits 

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:06

Jonny Adam, after the long stop for the Beechdean team is in 10th place.

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But that should become ninth as the Jones Merc makes its pit call.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:07

Matt Bell will lead from Jody Fannin in a reverse of the order from the first half of the race.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:08

The #61 Academy Motorsport Aston has regained the GT4 lead, now in the hands of Dennis Strandberg.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:09

The #44 Team LNT Ginetta has been sidelined with a paddle shift problem

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:10

Matt Bell’s lead is 5.5 seconds, Joe Osborne holding third a further 8.5 behind.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:11

Jonny Adam has risen up to 7th in the #007. 50 minutes to go.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:15

The Invitation Class Porsche Cayman has come into the pits with Adam Christodoulou at the wheel.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:17

Matt Bell pulling away at the front,. He now leads by 6.5 seconds.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:18

Phil Keen has taken fourth from Lewis Plato. The young man in the Merc unable to match the more experienced drivers around him.  

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:18

Lee Mowle reports that the #888 is down on power after the contact with Liam Griffin earlier bent the exhaust on the BMW.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:24

Jonny Adam squeezes past Andrew Watson in the #10 McLaren on the way to McLeans. He’s into 6th now.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:25

Nathan Freke is gaining on Dennis Strandberg for the GT4 lead. There’s still 8secs between them but that gap has been coming down consistently.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:26

Now Jonny Adam takes 5th from Lewis Plato. 12 seconds the next gap to bridge up to Phil Keen.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:28

Bell’s lead up to nearly 12 seconds now with 31 minutes remaining.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:31

Nathan Freke has the Gt4 lead down to 5 seconds.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:33

But Freke has to pit to serve a penalty!!

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:33

Lewis Plato also has to serve a penalty, but he is tapped into a spin before he can get to the pitlane.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:34

Strandberg’s GT4 lead is no 10.5 seconds over Daniel lloyd in the sister Academy Motorsport Aston.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:39

After his penalty Freke has falled ot 3rd in GT4. Plato is down to 12th overall – Bradley Ellis’ early work comes to nothing

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:40

The gap between Jonny Adam and Phil Keen has remained at 12 seconds. It looks like the #007 team will claim the title from 5th place.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:49

ALex MacDowell slows in the #2 Oman Raacing Team Aston, but then gets back to speed, though he lost a place to Andrew Watson.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:51

Ah, there appears to have been contact between the MacDowell and Watson cars exiting the chicane that spins the Aston around 

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:52

Daniel Lloyd has caught Dennis Strandberg for the GT4 lead. The two Academy Motorsport Astons together.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:53

Jody Fannin has pulled up to within 6 seconds of Matt bell – just 6 minutes remaining

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:55

Daniel Lloyd takes the GT4 lead at the Melborne hairpin. It’s very tight between the teammates!!

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:56

Too tight!!! There’s right front damage to Strandberg’s entry as Lloyd pulls away.

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:56

Strandberg had a huge lunge at Goddardsm and made contact with Lloyd – that’s where the damage comes from

James Broomhead September 13, 201514:57

Three minutes remaining in the 2015 British GT season

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:00

Nathan Freke has taken 2nd in GT4 from an ailing Strandberg.

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Last lap – Matt Bell 7 seconds in the clear.

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:01

Joe Osborne spins on the final lap as he tries to get second from Jody Fannin.

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Matt Bell passes under the checkered flag to take the win at Donington Park.

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:02

Jody Fannin is second and Phil Keen takes third after Osborne’s spin.

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the #888 man takes fourth and Jonny Adam finishes fifth.

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:03

JONNY ADAM AND ANDREW HOWARD AT 2015 BRITISH GT CHAMPIONS

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:04

Daniel Lloyd wins GT4 in the #62 Academy Motorsport car started by Chris Webster.

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:05

That concludes our Live Blog coverage of the 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship finale.

James Broomhead September 13, 201515:05

We’ll have a full race report online as soon as possible.