LIVE: British GT Championship Round 5 – Snetterton


The British GT field revs up for its fifth round of the year, the second today. (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

The second of the Sunday races for the British GT Championship races at Snetterton will begin at 16:00 with Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw looking to extend their points lead.

In GT3, after their Round Four success, the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Hurican GT3 will start on pole with Keen at the wheel. As we approach the half way point in the season the team has a golden opportunity to extend their championship lead.

GT4 sees the #56 Tolman Motorsports Ltd team with Joe Osborne in the McLaren 570S car leading the pack.

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Welcome to The Checkered Flag Live Blog of the Fifth Round of the British GT Championship from Snetterton

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In GT3, Phil Keen leads the field away in the #33 Barwell Motorsport car

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While in GT4, the #56 Tolman Motorsports driven by Joe Osborne will lead the pack away.

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Some views from the grid by our British GT reporter Seb Gigner…

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Last years champion team #1 TF Sport

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The Full Grid for the Fifth British GT round from Snetterton:

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In the last race, the #42 Macmillan AMR took a 5-second post-race penalty, with the #31 Team Parker Racing taking a 30 second penalty for releasing their car too early in the pitstop

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The penalty for the #31 Bentley Continental dropped them from fourth to seventh in the order

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The first race of the weekend saw the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini win GT3, while GT4 was won by the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta.

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We’re now away on the Green Flag lap

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Race will Start in 2 minutes

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And we’re Racing!

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Contact already as the #33 of Keen edges the #6 Tordoff

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Keen leading as they head under the Bridge

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Disaster for the #24 Aston Martin Vantage who is off at Corum

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Elsehwere, contact to the #21 Spirit of Race SA of Matt Griffin has done nothing to affect his pace.

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In GT4, no such drama, with Joe Osborne maintaining the lead from David Pittard in the #51 Lanan Racing

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Good move from Jon Barnes in the #11 TF Sport, now up to fifth

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Keen meanwhile is breaking away in his #33 Barwell car, over two seconds ahead

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Second place Jonny Adam is holding up a three car train, including the #6 Barwell and #7 Team Parker Racing, who made contact with the Spirit of Race at the start.

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James Littlejohn has finally got past all the GT4 runners after his spin, but is still 23 seconds behind the rest of the pack.

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Team manager for the #31 Team Parker Racing has been called to Race Control, assumably for his start line contact

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Back in GT4, the #55 HHC Motorsport car driven by Stuart Middleton is all over the back of second place Pittard, in the Lanan.

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This has allowed Osborne to grow his GT4 lead to over two seconds.

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Fastest lap from Keen who now leads by 3 seconds.

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Another kick in the teeth for the #31 Team Parker Racing car – Drive Through Penalty

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Morris is immediately in to serve the penalty as we pass 1/4 distance

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The #29 In2Racing McLaren 570S has not come through, stopping in sector three.

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Spin for the #59 McLaren and the #43 Century Motorsport

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The #43 hit the #7 Bentley Continental GT3, which has pit with a pucture

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Tordoff meanwhile, is hounding Adam for second place in GT3

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PIT WINDOW NOW OPEN

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The contact between the #7 Bentley and the #43 Ginetta will be investigated after the race

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A number of the GT4 Silvers are in, including third place Stuart Middleton in the #55 HHC machine

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Lanan Racing decide to stay out another lap though

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Ryan Radcliffe is now in from sixth, after a mistake on the previous lap dropped him back

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The #7 Team Parker Racing car has crawled to a stop on the aptly named Bentley straight.

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The top three in GT3 are still on track though as GT4 start to sort themselves out

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Top four in GT3 now in, with all the leaders racing each other

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The #1 TF Sport has been delayed as a Ginetta stalled in front of it

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A SAFETY CAR HAS BEEN CALLED

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It looks to be because the stricken #7 Team Parker Racing, who is still stopped in the straight

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This is a disaster for the #56 Tolman Motorsports car, who had built an 18 second gap due to the carnage

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Instead, the #56 of David Patterson will have to rebuild his lead in GT4.

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Order –

GT3 – #33 Barwell / #1 TF Sport / #6 Griffin

GT4 – #56 Tolman / #55 HHC / #51 Lanan Racing

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Jan Jonck in the #42 Macmillan has retired in the pits

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Safety in this Lap

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There will be 16 minutes to run after this

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We’re back under GREEN

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Derek Johnston in the #1 TF Sport are past the GT4 backmarkers and will chase Minshaw in the #33 Lamborghini

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The safety car has ruined the GT4 battle with the top four seperate from the rest of the grid

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The leading Barwell Motorsport team has had the team principal called to race control.

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The #63 Autoaid/RCIB has spun at the final corner

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GT4 Championship leader Will Tregurtha is in the Barrier!

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The #55 had been running in second in class

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DRIVE THROUGH: #33 Barwell Motorsport – Race Leader

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No-one knows why, yet…

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The #63 that spun earlier, was spun by the #55, leading to the HHC’s crash later on

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In GT4, the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 has got into the lead, demoting the #56 to third behind the #51 Lanan car.

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Minshaw is finally serving his drive through, dropping to sixth

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This promotes Johnston in the #1 TF Sport into the lead, eight seconds ahead of Liam Griffin in the #6 Barwell.

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In GT4, Sandy Mitchell in the #100 McLaren is breaking away from #51 driven by Alex Reed

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Last Lap

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Rick Parfitt has worked his way into fourth and went for the lunge on Mark Farmer in the #11 TF Sport, but pulls out at the last

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This left Parfitt’s #31 Team Parker Racing car under threat from the #24 Macmillan behind

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#1 TF SPORT ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT3 WINS

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In GT4 – #100 BLACK BULL GARAGE 59 McLAREN 570S WINS

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A fascinating race in which long-time leaders, Barwell Motorsport lost the lead after an unknown Drive Through

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GT3 Order –
1st – #1 TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage – Adam/Johnston
2nd – #6 Barwell Motorsport – Lamborghini Hurican – Tordoff/Griffin
3rd – #11 TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage – Barnes/Farmer

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GT4 Order –
1st – #100 Black Bull Garage 59 – McLaren 570S – Haggerty/Mitchell
2nd – #51 Lanan Racing – Ginetta G55 GT4 – Pittard/Reed
3rd – #56 Tolman Motorsports – McLaren 570S – Osborne/Pattison

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The #33 Barwell Motorsports car finished sixth after their drive through which was for a Pit Stop Infringement

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Full Results:

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Thank You for Joining us for the Live Blog today. Full Results and Race Report will be on The Checkered Flag soon.