A storming penultimate round at Brands Hatch brought the Team Parker Racing duo closer to Championship success with a 10.5 point lead over Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen. The dry track after Saturdays wet qualifying session gave the Bentley Continental favourable conditions, allowing Seb Morris to take a comfortable lead after pitting early and taking the wheel from Rick Parfitt Jnr.
Meanwhile Jon Minshaw who had started the race on pole dropped further back after losing his place to James Littlejohn in the Macmillan AMR Aston Martin early on. A few laps in Parfitt Jnr repeated the same and after stops the #33 lost further places eventually finishing in 5th place.
Littlejohn and Parfitt Jnr battled it out ahead of the rest of the field after a safety car period due to the breakdown of Academy Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage brought the safety car out. However an ECU problem in Littlejohn’s Aston Martin just ahead of the pit window helped seal the top position for Parfitt Jnr and Morris.
With Barwell Motorsports Liam Griffin and Sam Tordoff finishing second after tussling with third place TF Sports Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes.
In GT4 it was an incredible race by Macmillan AMR’s Jan Jonck and William Phillips that took a maiden win for them with David Pattison and Joe Osborne of Tolman Motorsport taking second place just ahead of HHC’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton.
With British GT4 newcomers Adam Gore and Jason Baker for Rob Boston Racing in sixth place and the new pairing of Jacob Mathiassen and Niall Murray placed 8th.
While the title hopes of Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed and David Pittard were potentially dashed by steering arm problems, the duo will now have to finish at least second to take the title from frontrunners HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton who take a 158 point lead.
The final round takes place at Donington Park on September 24th/25th.
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