PREVIEW: 2017 British GT Championship – Snetterton


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Rounds four and five of a fiercely competitive 2017 British GT Championship take place at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk this weekend, with the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan pairing of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen eager to extend their advantage atop the GT3 championship standings.

The Barwell Motorsport duo bagged a perfect pair of victories in the opening two rounds of the series at Oulton Park to surge into an emphatic championship lead, before being pegged back slightly after only managing fourth at the previous race at Rockingham.

A controversial Rockingham round which saw the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 of Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt eventually awarded victory means the GT3 title battle is finely poised heading into this weekend’s double header.

A belated second place at Rockingham for the Spirit of Race SA Ferrari 488 crew of Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron further narrowed the tightening GT3 championship battle.

Reigning GT3 champions Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston will be desperate to get their title defence back on track at Snetterton following a difficult Rockingham race in which the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage  drivers could only manage eight after suffering wheel damage.

Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston will be hoping to ignite a GT3 championship charge at Snetterton following a winless start to the season. (Credit: Nick Smith/ TheImageTeam.com)

In GT4, championship leaders Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha of HHC Motorsport will be hoping to take their momentum into Snetterton after bagging their maiden GT4 victory of the season at Rockingham.

However, they’ll face stiff competition from fellow early-season winners David Pittard and Alex Reed of Lanan Racing, and Track-Club‘s Adam Balon and Adam Mackay in the McLaren 570S.

Former Ginetta Junior adversaries Middleton and Tregurtha maintain a 15-point advantage in the GT4 standings over 2016 GT4 title-holders, PMW Expo Racing‘s Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson, whom after three consecutive third place finishes will undoubtedly be challenging to claim victory in both this weekend’s races.

PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport’s Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson will look to give chase to GT4 championship leaders Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha at Snetterton.