The 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship begins with a pair of hour long races at Oulton Park. After an accident filled opener the field return to the track at 4pm for the second of the day’s races.
This live blog will be updated throughout the race.
Hello folks and welcome to the live blog for the second race of the season! Adam Carroll avoided the chaos to take the first race victory, can he do the same again?
Read all about his first race here: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2015/04/carroll-wins-incident-filled-british-gt-opener-at-oulton-park/
Jonny Adam is set to start on pole position with race one winner Carroll starting on the front row beside him.
One car that won’t be starting is the #12 VonRyan Racing McLaren of Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc.
One car that has only just got to the grid is the GT4 Twisted Team Parker Racing Ginetta G55, they were struggling with gearbox issues in the earlier race but the team worked hard to change the gearbox between races.
Keeping with GT4, the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta will be starting on class pole (19th on the grid). The class winner in the first race, Professional Motorsport World Expo Racing with Optimum, will start 25th on the grid.
Just heard: the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin is also not starting because of damage suffered in the first race
Cars are off on their green flag lap!!
They get round the first corner clean! It looks like Phil Keen made it up to 2nd in the Demon Tweeks BMW
Adam finishes lap one on the lead, already one second ahead of the FF Corse Ferrari!
Luke Davenport leads GT4 from Bradley Ellis in the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta
SAFETY CAR: 44 is off at Shell Oils so that means the safety car is making an appearance!
The 44 is the Tom Oliphant Team LNT Ginetta
BACK IN! The safety car isn’t actually wanted as Oliphant gets the car started again and sets off
Shaun Hollamby also seems to have disappeared, he has only completed one lap to everyone else’s three
But, the rest of the grid successfully negotiate the restart
In GT3: Adam, Carroll, Keen.
Gavan Kershaw in the ISSY Racing Evora has got past Bradley Ellis in the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta for second in GT4
It isn’t going well for Shaun Hollamby in the AmDTuning.com Porsche, he has a puncture which has seen him come into the pits
It’s a left-rear puncture for the only Porsche in the British GT field
Jonny Adam still has a second lead over the Ferrari at the head of the field. Luke Davenport in the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta is in the same position in GT4
Tom Oliphant comes back out the pits, a trip off track saw him scoop up a lot of grass into the radiator
Just flashed up on timing that the manager of the #48 GT4 Fox Motorsport Ginetta has to report to race control, reason unknown at the moment!
Stefan Hodgetts in the Invitational Class Toyota GT86 has encountered a tyre problem round the back of the circuit, he is currently limping up to the pits.
The Edwards’ sisters Aston Martin Vantage has pulled into the pits
Carroll has taken the lead in GT3, Jonny Adam is already looking to take the place back. Looks like they are starting to get caught in GT4 traffic.
The Preci-Spark Mercedes of the Jones brothers has come into the pit, looks like a puncture so a quick tyre change and it is going back out!
Shaun Hollamby has decided to retire the Porsche now, one drama too many perhaps?
The leaders have to make sure not to be caught out by the back markers! Pretty close going into Old Hall
Preci-Spark Mercedes seems to have come to grief with the Demon Tweeks BMW of Phil Keen. Seems to be Godfrey Jones has caused an incident that has retired the BMW
The Jones’ brothers Preci-Spark Mercedes has come into the pits with damage to the rear body work
In all this, Mike Simpson in the Team LNT has inherited third place in GT3
#43 Century Motorsport is first in for a pitstop and driver change in GT4, possibly opening the floodgates earlier than expected?
Lewis Plato almost overtakes Mat Jackson under waved yellow flags but manages to stop himself just in time!
GT4 leader Luke Davenport has now come into the pit lane!
A lot of the GT4 field has decided to pit now, could be they are trying to get a little bit of space before the GT3 hoards pit in!
#11 22GT Racing Aston has lost two places at the pit stop with the TF Sport car and an Oman Racing Team car getting ahead
Most of the GT3 leaders are in the pits now!
Adam Carroll in the Ferrari has pitted, replaced by Gary Eastwood and has come out in fifth. Andrew Howard in the Beechdean Aston should be in the lead when the pit stops have filtered through
And Howard does the lead! Lee Mowle in the freshly pitted 888 BMW comes out in 2nd!
In GT4 Pattison in the Tolman Ginetta leads from Oz Yusuf in the ISSY Lotus!
But as I type Yusuf takes the lead of the category!
Class leaders after the pit stops:
GT3: Howard, Mowle, Griffin, Tandy, Attard
GT4: Yusuf, Pattison, McNeilly, Barwick, Moore
Barwick in GT4 has just lost two positions with Will Moore and Jamie Chadwick getting past the Twisted Team Parker Ginetta
Andrew Howard has a 12 second lead over Lee Mowle at the head of the field
A lot of cars are being warned about track limits all over the track! The latest person to receive a warning is Hector Lester in the Rosso Verde Ferrari
Steve Tandy in the #32 Team LNT Ginetta has got three cars all within 1.5 seconds of each other queueing up behind him!
The #2 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin of Ahmad Al Harthy has come into the pits with front end damage!
It has a crumpled nose! Not obvious how Al Harthy has acquired the damage though…
In GT4, Yusuf still leads from the #48 of McNeilly and the #56 of David Pattison
#27 Aston Martin of Andrew Jarman makes an excursion off track after clipping the #18 FF Corse Ferrari while trying to make a pass, thankfully both have managed to carry on!
Many stop go penalties!!! The leader #007, second place #888 and all the Oman Racing Team cars – all for short pit stops – This will really shake up the grid!!!
#27 Aston that clipped the FF Corse car has come in trailing smoke in its wake!
Andrew Howard in the #007 serves his penalty and comes back out behind Lee Mowle who hasn’t served his penalty yet!
#27 TF Sport Aston has retired now because of the damage!
#888 BMW has come into the pits now to serve his penalty. Tandy and Attard have come through to take second and third. Mowle will come out in sixth!
Confirmation that Andrew Howard still leaves, Tandy in the Ginetta is second and reigning champion Marco Attard is in third with Gary Eastwood in fourth!
In the GT4 field Jamie Chadwick in the second Beechdean entry has moved up to second and is chasing down Oz Yusuf!
Closing in on the final 2 minutes now! Expect last gasp action!
Attard is half a second behind Tandy and is trying to close in on 2nd place!
Hector Lester’s Ferrari could be out of fuel!! Going very slowly now!
Last lap now as the clock clicks down to ZERO!
Andrew Howard in the Beechdean AMR Vantage takes the win! Didn’t look troubled at all!
Steve Tandy finishes second in GT3! Marco Attard takes third by one tenth with Liam Griffin fourth and Lee Mowle in fifth!
In GT4 Oz Yusuf takes the win in the ISSY Racing Lotus! Jamie Chadwick makes it a double 2nd place finish for the GT4 Beechdean entry and Graham Johnson takes third! Paul McNeilly takes fourth and and David Pattison is fifth!
We’ll have a full race report coming up soon! Thanks for reading this live blog of the second Avon Tyres British GT race at Oulton Park!