The final round of the 2017 British GT championship takes place this weekend at Donington Park, with a head to head in GT3 between Barwell Motorsport’s Phil Keen & Jon Minshaw and Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt Jnr & Seb Morris.
The Bentley duo are at the top of the standings with just over a ten point lead on Minshaw & Keen, stats that mean a fifth win for the Barwell squad would see Keen & Minshaw take the championship title, and with Parfitt & Morris in second place a tie on points. However that scenario would still see Minshaw & Keen take the title due to winning more races across the season.
So who is the favourite to win the Championship? Morris & Parfitt move into the decider with a 20 second success penalty, while the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan has lead from the front in every race of the season and go to Donington without any penalties. However Parfitt & Morris have had success in the Bentley Continental over the longer endurance races in the championship in comparison to Keen & Minshaw who have found more success in the hour long sprint races. With the decider being a two hour race and Barwell Motorsport admitting that the Bentley may be more suited to Donington then the Huracan, a clear favourite is not readily apparent.
In the GT4 class it’s a different matter with HHC Motorsports Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha the clear favourites to lift the title. The duo lead the GT4 standings with twenty-five points clear of Lanan Racings Alex Reed And David Pittard, meaning Pittard & Reed would have to come first or second and the HHC pair to finish much further down the field for a title surprise to take place. In the Silver Cup however Middleton and Tregurtha lead with just 16 points over Pittard & Reed, with Brands Hatch GT4 winners William Phillips & Jan Jonck sitting 16 points behind them.
Making an appearance at the decider for Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing is 2016’s GT4 Pro-Am runner-up Abbie Eaton paired with Jake Giddings.
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