Barwell Motorsport victorious at opening round of British GT

A wet start at Oulton Park saw Barwell Motorsport claim the first two spots on the podium in race one of the season. The #33 Lamborghini Huracan driven by Jon Minshaw and shared with Phil Keen finished 37 seconds ahead of sister car #6 with Sam Tordoff at the wheel. Completing the podium was the Aston Martin Vantage of TF Sport driven of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam.

Minshaw saw off the Bentley of Rick Parfitt Jnr, who started on pole, with ease, Parfitt remaining in second place until Seb Morris took his turn, Tordoff quickly despatching the Team Parker Racing driver in the Bentley Continental to third place during his stint. With Jonny Adam then able to pass him knocking Morris back to 4th place.

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Race two wasn’t without it’s drama starting with Seb Morris incurring a drive through penalty after colliding with team mate Callum Macleod’s Bentley. Meanwhile the Ginetta G55 of Mike Simpson made contact with Black Bull Garage 59’s Ciaran Haggarty’s in the McLaren 570S. Simpson then went on to tussle with Scott Malvern’s Porsche Cayman GT4 before the duo span out but managed to continue.

The race didn’t go as planned for Sam Tordoff when the Huracan developed electrical problem’s causing him to retire after 9 laps.

Worse lay ahead for Ian Loggie and Richard Neary  when the duo clashed ahead of Hilltop then went on to crash into the tyre barrier, both drivers were unharmed but the safety car came out and due to the extensive debris on the track, the race was called to an early halt with the podium positions going to Barwell’s Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw, TF Sport’s Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam  and TF Sport’s Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes.

The paddock moves to Rockingham on April 29th and 30th with Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen on 50 Championship points apiece.

Allison Remzi

Images courtesy of British GT