Following a disrupted first outing at Brands Hatch, the British GT Championship field has come to Corby and Rockingham’s banked oval for the second round of the season and the second two-hour race in a row.
Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston combined for a stunning pole position in the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage with Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson doing likewise to claim GT4 pole in the #50 PMW World Expo Racing Ginetta.
Early GT4 pace-setters Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska will start last in GT4 after a fuel pressure issue curtailed their qualifying run. Team Parker Racing and the second TF Sport car will both start from the back of GT3 to repair chassis damage and replace an engine respectively.
Hello and welcome to The Checkered Flag’s coverage of the second round of the British GT Championship at Rockingham! At the moment the weather is sunny but windy. However, rain is forecast soon!
Derek Johnston leads into turn 1! McCaig tries to go round the outside but the TF Sport car holds on!
Yellow flag at Yentwood, not sure what for at the moment… Ah it’s one of the Tolman Ginettas
Lee Mowle is a big mover on the first lap, moving up to fourth place. Rick Parfitt is now 8th after starting towards the rear of the GT3 field
Johnson has overtaken three GT3 cars on his first lap at the head of the GT4 field!
The #32 Tolman car is limping back to the pits after issues on the opening lap!
An incident has befallen the Bentley, Parfitt’s slipped down to 10th
In the GT3 lead is the TF Sport Aston, the Ecurie Ecosse McLaren and the Barwell Lamborghini.
The #32 is reported to have suffered mechanical damage as well
Johnston’s opened up a 3.5 second gap at the lead of the race
There is also two investigations on the go at the moment with the #14 Optimum Audi involved in both
Farmer’s dropped to 11th in the TF Sport Aston, he slowed coming out of Pif Paf
Griffin has gone into 2nd, passing the McLaren at Tarzan
The #11 TF Sport car has come into the pits, it only ran for the first time this morning following an engine change
The Bentley has just set the fastest lap – 1:18.945
Johnston’s lead keeps growing, he’s more than 6 seconds ahead of Griffin in the Irish TV liveried Lambo now
Will Moore has got a stop go in the #14 Audi he was involved in incidents with the #32 Ginetta and the #31 Team Parker Bentley
That stop/go for Moore has promoted the Bentley of Parfitt into sixth place
Indeed, Moore’s dropped to 11th
Graham Johnson still has a handy lead in GT4, his Ginetta looks like it is on rails!
Jon Minshaw is right on the exhaust pipes of the Ecurie Ecosse McLaren, can Minshaw use traffic to his advantage?
There is a right tangle of Gt3 cars trying to pass traffic coming down to the Brook chicane, they’re getting bunched!
Sandy Mitchell has taken the 570S GT4 into second place, making a move on Matthew George
Moore is recovering after his penalty, he’s up to 9th now at the expense of Neary in the Team ABBA BMW
Parfitt is slowly closing up on Jon Minshaw in the Demon Tweeks Lambo, the Bentley boy is on a charge at the moment!
Minshaw brakes rrrreeeealllllyyyyy late into the Deene hairpin and secures third place, but he slowed the pack down so much that McCaig has fallen into the clutches of Parfitt’s Bentley
There’s a spinner at the entrance to the Brook chicane, the car is trying to recover now.
The Parfitt Bentley is now fourth having disposed of the McLaren
The spinner at Brook was the #56 Ginetta and it has now spun again at the Deene Hairpin! And again at Pif Paf!! Something is definitely wrong with that
Lee Mowle has brought the AmDTuning.com BMW – they’ve replaced the right front wheel, could have been a puncture?
It was a right rear puncture for the #56 – that explains the spins
In GT4 Sandy Mitchell has closed in majorly on the leader
But in GT3 both the Minshaw Lambo and the Parfitt Bentley have ran on at the Deene Hairpin, could that have been because they collided?
That incident has allowed McCaig back into third place
Johnston is a lapping machine! He’s opened up more than a 10 second lead over Griffin in the Irish TV backed Huracan GT3
Griffin’s also got a 10s gap over McCaig in third
McCaig’s slowed in the Ecurie Ecosse McLaren! It’s crawling now but not sure what’s wrong with it, could be a puncture
The McLaren’s stayed out, could it be that’s he’s trying to limp it round until the pit window opens?
He’s dropped to sixth now, Howard has got past him for fifth place
The PMW World Expo car still leads GT4, it’s 5 seconds ahead of the Ecurie Ecosse GT4 machine now
The Baby Beechdean has spun at the Deene Hairpin, Bartholomew was fifth in class last time over the line
Will Moore is now sixth, having disposed over the McLaren.
The #6 of Liam Griffin has pitted from 2nd place as the pit stop window flies open
Beechdean GT3 pits, the Bentley is in for its stop/go penalty which it can’t take at the same time as its pit stop.
The Bentley had trouble leaving his penalty box he’s lost a lot more time there!
Will Moore leads but he has yet to take his pit stop – Jonny Adam is in second place at the moment.
Johnson still leads GT4 but he hasn’t taken his pit stop yet.
Will Moore pits now, he’s handing the Optimum Audi R8 over to Ryan Ratcliffe
Jonny Adam leads in GT3 now, with Adam Carroll just under 2 seconds behind him in the Irish TV backed Barwell Lamborghini
There’s a SAFETY CAR! There’s a crash on the School Straight and it’s the GT4 leader Graham Johnson!!!
We’re back to green now! Adam pulls away from Carroll in the Lamborghini
The #5 has retired now, Jody Fannin reporting a broken steering arm in the PFL Motorsport Aston Martin
In GT4 Ciaran Haggerty is leading in the McLaren from Abbie Eaton in the Ebor GT Maserati
At the same time, one of the Ginetta GT3s trailed an awful lot of smoke going through turn 1
It was the #32 which had an issue and it is now going back into the pit garage
Jamie Chadwick in the Generation AMR SuperRacing Aston has moved up to 2nd in GT4 having passed Abbie Eaton
The GT4 leader has a stop/go penalty! It was too short on its pitstop so it has a 5.8s penalty!
The JW Bird Aston has been given a stop/go penalty for a pitstop infringement as well
The two Lamborghinis are nose-to-tail now for 2nd and 3rd with Keen closing in on Carroll
Chadwick now leads in GT4 with Nathan Freke in 2nd place from last place on the grid! Jordan Albert is third in the Baby Beechdean
Freke now leads the class! He got past Chadwick at Yentwood
Eaton has had a penalty in the Maserati, she’s now 7th with Schjerpen occupying fourth
There’s a good battle on for second in GT3 with Carroll leading from Keen. The benefit of this race to Adam is that he can just pull away while the Barwell machines squabble with each other.
SAFETY CAR is out now, there was a car stopped at the Deene Hairpin but it seems to have set off again
GREEN FLAG again now, safety car is back in and once again Jonny Adam sets off like a rocket and opens up a handy cushion
Jamie Chadwick is slowing in the #44 SuperRacing Aston, looks like something could be wrong in that car!
Adam Carroll and Seb Morris have both been given drive-through penalties for overtaking before the restart after the last safety car period
Ross Gunn is on a charge, he’s just behind Phil Keen in third place now Carroll has come in for his penalty
Gunn is trying everything to get that second place but Keen is too canny to be fooled by late braking and keeps the position
They’re still going at it, but Keen is probably a touch too far ahead at the moment for Gunn to make a move
Jonny Adam wins!!! The Lamborghini is second and Ross Gun has to settle for 3rd place. Carroll is fourth and Wylie is fifth in the Motorbase Aston