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Abba and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing top in British GT Warm-Up at Donington

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Credit: SRO Motorsports Group

Team Abba Racing and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK set the fastest times in a 15-minute warm-up session on Saturday morning, as the teams made their final preparations for the Intelligent Money British GT Championship‘s first race at Donington Park this season.


The story of the morning was that the GT3 field was back up to its full size, after the Team Abba Racing mechanics burnt the midnight oil to repair wishbone damage caused by an exploding brake disc in FP2 on Saturday afternoon.

Richard and Sam Neary start from tenth place on the grid, and will have two hours to demonstrate the pace they showed at Silverstone before a mechanical issue ended their race.

Andrew Howard was first across the line in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage, setting a 1:32.177, but it was quickly smashed by several drivers, including Richard Neary in the battle-scarred Mercedes-AMG GT3, who set a 1:29.643.

Howard’s first representative effort was much closer to the front, as times continued to fall at a warm Donington.

He continued to rise up the order past the halfway point, jumping Leo Machitski in the #63 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo to go third.

Sam Neary jumped in the Team Abba Racing Mercedes towards the end of the session and retained top spot despite Phil Keen and Martin Plowman also heading out on track after their respective Am drivers set early laps.

Plowman quickly got up to speed in the Paddock Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3, leapfrogging Phil Keen to go second, before Sandy Mitchell and Yelmer Buurman also overtook the WPI Motorsport Lamborghini.

Jonny Adam then went second in the Beechdean Aston Martin, but was still six tenths off Sam Neary’s Mercedes.

Mitchell, Adam and Keen improved in the latter stages, with Barwell man Mitchell and Adam jumping Plowman.


Jordan Collard, Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Gus Burton set the early pace in GT4, the Jenson Team Rocket RJN McLaren 570S GT4 and the two Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4s separated by six tenths.

Scott McKenna and James Kell rose to the top of the class with five minutes remaining, ahead of Chris Salkeld and Michael Benyahia.

Burton jumped three places with a 1:36.209 to go fastest in GT4, ahead of Kell, Salkeld and Benyahia, with just three minutes on the clock.

Jamie Stanley moved up to 18th in the Balfe Motorsport McLaren with the final laps of the session, while McKenna held on in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK GR Supra GT4 as the session ended.

The two-hour race gets underway at 12:45pm, with the RAM Racing pair of Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie on pole, with Matt Topham and Darren Burke heading the GT4 field.

Phil Keen/Michael Igoe and Sandy Mitchell/Adam Balon line up second and third in the WPI Motorsport and Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos.

18S/R NearyTeam Abba RacingMercedes-AMG GT31:27.752
21Mitchell/BalonBarwell MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo+0.074
37Adam/HowardBeechdean AMRAston Martin Vantage GT3+0.627
411Plowman/FletcherPaddock MotorsportBentley Continental GT3+0.672
518Keen/IgoeWPI MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo+0.781
66Buurman/LoggieRAM RacingMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo+1.098
763Lind/MachitskiBarwell MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo+1.720
85L/S ProctorBalfe MotorsportMcLaren 720S GT3+2.084
977Clutton/TillbrookEnduro MotorsportMcLaren 720S GT3+2.323
1066Malvern/JonesTeam Parker RacingPorsche 911 GT3 RSR+2.906
1115McKenna/FergusonTOYOTA GAZOO Racing UKToyota GR Supra GT4+8.117
1257Burton/BurnsCentury MotorsportBMW M4 GT4 Evo+8.457
132Kell/CollardJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+8.551
149Gordon-Colebrooke/SalkeldCentury MotorsportBMW M4 GT4 Evo+8.839
153Valente/BenyahiaJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+9.179
1690Brown/MarshallBalfe MotorsportMcLaren 570S GT4+9.343
1740Stanley/HalsteadFox MotorsportMcLaren 570S GT4+10.192
1825Giddings/WhitmoreCiceley Motorsport by Car GodsBMW M4 GT4 Evo+10.269
194Hayek/MilnerJenson Team Rocket RJNMcLaren 570S GT4+10.556
2056Robertson/SansomAssetto MotorsportGinetta G56 GT4+10.644
2127Topham/BurkeNewbridge MotorsportAston Martin Vantage GT4+10.733
2261Cowley/MooreAcademy MotorsportFord Mustang GT4No time set
2342Fielding/WilliamsSteller MotorsportAudi R8 LMS GT4No time set
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