Matt Bell and Mark Patterson won the Avon Tyres British GT Championship finale at Donington Park. However, their championship challenge failed at…
Ecurie Ecosse’s BMW Z4 GT3 started from pole for drivers Olly Bryant and Marco Attard and in the closing stages of tumultuous race that included bizarre accidents that begat wild strategies, a late twist and a surprising lack of penalties they emerged at the front to win the Avon Tyres British GT Championship Silverstone 500.
The combination of the Porsche 997 GT3R and Trackspeed’s trio of pro drivers proved too strong for the rest of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship as the team ended qualifying for tomorrow’s two hour race at Rockingham first, second and third.
A largely quiet second practice Avon Tyres British GT Championship ended with – just as the first did – a Trackspeed Porsche fastest, though this time it was championship leaders Nick Tandy and David Ashburn’s #31 fastest.
Trackspeed’s three Porsche 997 GT3R ended the opening practice session of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in the top three places, Richard Westbrook the fastest man in the #32 car.
David Ashburn survived a two lap sprint under pressure from Mark Patterson to add a race win to his first race second place on a successful weekend of Avon Tyres British GT racing at Oulton Park.
Trackspeed began the Avon Tyres British GT Championship with a 1-2 at Oulton Park with Phil Keen taking the lead from Nick Tandy on the final lap of the first 60-minute race of the weekend.
Benji Hetherington and Allan Simonsen shared the first two pole positions of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship between them at Oulton Park.
Allan Simonsen was the fastest man in the second 60 minute practice session for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, the Dane leading a top five comprised entirely of Ferrari and Porsche teams.
It’s become a fairly common point of view in recent seasons that the Avon Tyres British GT Championship has developed into the best kept secret in British racing. This season, with a grid that continues to grow in strength and depth and with increased TV coverage, the veil of secrecy seems to be lifting.
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