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.
20 minutes till the start of the two hour race here at Brands Hatch.
Cars leaving the pitlane now to file round to the grid where their teams and guests await.
2013 champion Andrew Howard will start the #007 Aston Martin from pole position, Lee Mowle to start the Triple Eight BMW from 2nd
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.
And reigning champion Marco Attard will start the #1 Ecurie Ecosse BMW from fourth on the grid.
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.
Grid being cleared as we near the start of the race.
Cars are off on their formation lap. in 2.4 miles we’ll have racing at Brands Hatch.
Howard leads Mowle through Paddock Hill Bend for the first time
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
Ross Wylie is already flashing the lights on his McLaren trying to find a way past Mowle’s BMW
Will Moore has taken the GT4 leasd in the #61 Academy Motorsport Aston. Pole man McNeilly back into 2nd in class.
Three laps in, Howard leads by 0.97 seconds but…..
….he and co-driver Jonny Adam will have to serve a longer pitstop, courtesy if their victory in the last round at Spa-Francorchamps
Jon Minshaw passed Gary Eastwood’s Ferrari. Rick Parfitt tries to do the same, but he spins the Ferrari around!
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….
Wylie dives for second place at Stirling. Mowle pinches him towards the apex and the McLaren goes around!!
He doesn’t hit anything and survives a quick recovery trip through the gravel but the young Scot is down in 13th
That’s handed Howard another chunk of lead, 3.7 seconds ahead now.
The Wylie/Mowle incident is being looked at by the stewards
All that has lifted Marco Attard to 3rd, but he’s got Andrew Jarman’s #27 Aston right behind him
Aleksander Schjerpen and Paul McNeilly go across the line side by side, and Schjerpen get 2nd in GT4 under braking for Paddock
McNeilly is under pressure again from Graham Johnson at Sheene and the polesitter spins into the gravel.
Replays show Johnson shouldered his rival aside as they approached the right hander
15 minutes and 10 laps in, Howard leads by 2.7 seconds, the leader starting to have to fight though GT4 traffic
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.
Brands Hatch’s gravel traps starting to resemble a very untidy car park at the moment.
Lee Mowle has caught right back up to Andrew Howard, with just 0.2 seconds between them after 12 laps
The GT4 Beechdean entry not being very helpful to Lee Mowle, helping the lead gap out to 2.2 seconds again.
Rick Parfitt is handed a drive through for his role in spinning Gary Eastwood and the FF Corse Ferrari
Safety Car comes out – Ross Wylie and Godfrey Jones are in the gravel together
25 minutes into the race, 25 away from the pit window opening. This is exactly what Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam DIDN’T want.
Ahmad Al Harthy has also been into the pits to replace a punctured tyre. He’s rejoined in 11th.
Howard leads Lee Mowle, Marco Attard third, Liam Griffin fourth, Jon Minshaw sixth in the Barwell Motorsport BMW
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.
Ross Wylie has made it back to the pits, pitted for new tyres and rejoined – between the two leaders….
Green Flag, and Andrew Howard jumps into the lead as Lee Mowle is stuck behind the lap down McLaren
Rick Parfitt gets a 2nd drive through – he served the first one under the safety car
Liam Griffin takes third from Marco Attard after the #1 driver ran wide through Paddock
Ahmad Al Harthy has pulled the #2 Aston off the circuit on the way out of Surtees
Attard drops another place, Jon Minshaw taking fourth at Graham Hill Bend
Rick Parfitt Jr.’s eventful race has finally come to an end, nosing hard into the tyres at Sheene Curve
Schjerpen has dropped from 2nd to 5th in GT4 is the space of a lap
Five minutes before the pit window opens, Howard leads by 2.9 seconds
He’s had a rather quiet race, considering the chaos that’s unfolded so far…
Third placed Liam Griffin has passed Ross Wylie’s McLaren and is inching closer to the leaders
50 minutes in, the pit window opens. Leaders in this time by??
Oz Yusuf is the first pitter from 2nd in GT4
The top three are all in together – Howard, Mowle and Griffin
Jon Minshaw stays out but 8 of the top 9 are in the pits
Minshaw comes in a lap after his rivals, followed by Gary Eastwood as the first wave of pit visitors return to the track.
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
Sims sets the fastest lap of the race on his first full tour of the circuit – he’s 7.9 seconds off the lead.
Jonny Adam, after the Beechdean team served their longer pitstop, is down in sixth place.
Graham Johnson has still not pitted the #50 Ginetta and so leads GT4
Now Johnson pits, but where he will rejoin the GT4 battle.
Joe Osborne in the lead has a 3.7 second lead but….
…but second appearance of the safety car will do away with that.
Jamie Stanley in the #48 GT4 Ginetta is the cause, he’s in the middle of Graham Hill looking back up at Druids.
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.
Jonny Adam remains sixth.
The late pitstop looks to have paid off for Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson, the latter now in the lead of GT4.
Stefan Hodgetts is smoking in the Toyota GT86 and he pulls off the track from third in GT4.
May be a flat left-front on the GPRM run car.
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.
He’s still dealing with it down Cooper Straight as Alexander Sims tries to take advantage and take the place.
Sims backs out of it, but Osborne has scarpered. 4.8 seconds ahead with 50 minutes to go.
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.
Jonny Adam remains stuck in sixth, sandwiched between Jon Barnes #11 and Adam Carroll’s #18
He’ll be relieved then that Jon Barnes will have to serve a drive through penalty.
Phil Keen also called in to serve a penalty – a 1.7 second stop-go.
In comes Barnes, punishment for his stopping at the end of the pitlane in order to make the minimum time
Rory Butcher’s gone missing!! Sims is second, with Matt Bell all over him.
Butcher re-emerges in ninth. 40 minutes to go.
Sims now has 5.7 seconds to make up if he is to challenge Osborne for the lead.
GT4 leaders are nose to tail, Luke Davenport attacking Mike Robinson.
And Davenport is through, taking the inside line through Sheene Curve.
Wow! In just a few laps Sims has cut the lead to 2.9 seconds, leaving Matt Bell behind in third place.
Less than a second between the leaders – how long can Joe Osborne keep Alexander Sims behind?
Half an hour to go.
Big Shunt – Jon Barnes in the 22GT Aston has backed it into the tyres at Druids.
It’s a viscous – if odd looking, sliding – off but Barnes is out of the car unharmed.
25 minutes to go.
Hmmm – stewards will look at contact between Sims and Rory Butcher after the race…..
Sims’ progress has been halted at Mowle’s tail and now Matt Bell is starting to catch the pair of them.
15 minutes to go, and it’s still Osborne leading. Just.
Sims takes a look at the lead at Surtees, but he backs out of it, leaving Osborne to turn into the corner
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.
Alexander Sims has the lead!!!
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.
Jake Hill retires the AmD Porsche after his off at Druids
7 minutes to go.
Worth remembering that the contact between the race leader and Rory Butcher is still to be investigated.
Three minutes to go. Sims had pulled out a 2.6 second lead.
Final lap – 2.4 miles to go.
Alexander Sims takes the victory, 3.6 seconds ahead of Joe Osborne. Matt Bell crosses the line third.
Luke Davenport takes the victory in GT4 in the Tolman Motorsport Ginetta started by David Pattison.
That’ll do it for our Live Blog coverage from Brands Hatch. We’ll have a full race report online as soon as possible.