British GT Snetterton TF Sport dominate

A glorious Snetterton welcomed British GT and a race one win for a dominant TF Sports Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim after the duo’s powerhouse performance in qualifying put the duo on pole in both races. 

Race One: While pole sitter Ben Tuck of Century Motorsport dominated the first period in GT4, it was a bad start for Aleksander Schjerpen in the #43 Century Motorsport M4, pitting on the first lap with a tyre issue.

The race quickly settled but it was an impromptu early stop for #99 Beechdean Aston Martin of Andrew Howard after just 4 laps with two punctures due to contact with Flick Haigh and Jonny Adams  Aston Martin, which later resulted in the duo receiving a 30 second penalty dropping them down the race order. The #86 Steller Performance Toyota GT86 of Dean Macdonald and Alex Quinn was also an early retirement with engine issues.  

Back in the race the #47 Aston Martin of Graham Davidson and the #1 Bentley of Rick Parfitt Jnr passed Minshaw, Farmers #11 Aston Martin dropping back into 4th place. Then began a prolonged safety car period after the Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson drew to a halt after earlier contact.

Almost everyone pitted when the pit window opened still under the safety car, which caused a few infingements and subsequent penalties. Nicki Thiim was first out of the pits and at the end of the safety car period took a strong lead ahead of Maxime Martin and Phil Keen behind him and Ryan Ratcliffe in tenth place.

The battling at the the top of the field continued but it was TF Sports Nicki Thiim who was matchless and continued to dominate bringing the Aston Martin home ahead of Maxime Martin and Phil Keen in 3rd place.

Meanwhile in GT4 Matthew George took an unexpected  lead in the #44 Invictus Games Racing Jaguar, a place that would cost them a stop go penalty after serving a too short pit stop that had handed him the lead.

There was also stop go penalties for #53 and #54 UltraTek Racing Teams Nissans for pit lane infringements, moving Charlie Fagg in the #4 McLaren into the lead, however after fighting to hold off Joe Osborne, by fractions of a second it was the Tolman Motorsport duo of David Pattison and Osborne that eventually took the lead and win in GT4 putting Will Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones into 3rd place

Race two saw another fantastic win for TF Sport with Derek Johnston and Marco Sorenson taking the top step of the podium, topping a great weekend for the Surrey based squad. While the honours in GT4 went to Ben Tuck and Ben Green in their maiden British GT win in the BMW M4.

The race began with Ben Barnicoat in the #72 Track-Club McLaren needing recovery in the first lap, bringing out the safety car, which hampered Nicki Thiims chances of building a lead. Thiim continued to do battle with Sorenson holding a lead of just 2 seconds however the success penalty served at the halfway point put Thiim and Farmer behind Darren Turner and Andrew Howard now running in second place with Derek Johnston not relenting to pressure by Turner, the order in the top three remaining as the chequered flag fell.

Meanwhile Jon Minshaw went into battle with Flick Haigh, Haigh eventually moving into fourth place leaving Minshaw at the mercy of #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin which his the #33 Lamborghini sending Minshaw spinning, a move that saw Jetstream receive a 30 second penalty and Minshaw eventually finishing in fifth place.

GT4 saw some excellent close racing in the opening stint, Nicoll-Jones out in front until Jack Mitchell in the #43 Century Motorsport BMW took the lead. When the pit window opened, penalties and pit times changed the order Tolman Motorsports David Pattison in the #56 McLaren taking the lead, but eventually dropping back down the order into fourth place with Ben Green and Ben Tuck taking the win, Academy Motorsports Lewis Proctor and Jordan Albert in second and Balfe Motorsports Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore in third place.

British GT continues at Silverstone on June 9th and 10th, where Invictus Racings Matthew George will be racing the squads Jaguar as well as Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin alongside James Holder in the Blue Riband Event, a huge undertaking that will see George essentially driving for the entire three hour race.

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Formula Renault Eurocup Silverstone: Victory for Fewtrell and Milesi

As a support race on the popular Blancpain GT Series as well as Formula 1, the Formula Renault Eurocup is a proving ground for the driver stars of the future. Former British F4 champion Max Fewtrell took the win on home soil in the first race, his second win this season.

Fewtrell was initially feeling the heat in race one from team mate Logan Sargeant however Fewtrell maintained pole and took a particularly good lead after the safety car period caused by contact between Frank Bird and Alex Peroni. Meanwhile Christian Lundgaard was involved in an incident with Raúl Guzmán for which he was penalized three grid positions for race two.

But it was a romp home for Fewtrell with Logan Sargeant in second and Yifei Ye in third place.

In the post race press conference Max Fewtrell Commented: “A win is always sweeter at home. I like this circuit and it’s been good to me! It would be hard to hope for a better comeback after the Monza weekend where I was run into twice. Today, my reaction at the start was a little slow. I forgot that there were three red lights and not five. I was somewhat comfortable in the race, but there were a few moments in turn 11! I know that it will be harder tomorrow. I will be in the first group on track, in contrast to Logan. He is really on it this weekend, but that won’t stop me from giving it everything I’ve got!”

In race two it was 17 year old Charles Milesi that took top step of the podium in his maiden Formula Renault Eurocup win. Milesi was under pressure from R-ace GP team mate Logan Sargeant but held the lead throughout making it a second one-two for R-ace GP with Sargeant in second place and Yifei Ye again completing the podium. Race one winner Fewtrell finished further back the field in fourteenth after an opening lap incident with Arthur Rougier, Thomas Maxwell and Frank Bird scuppered a double win chance.

The championship continues this weekend at Monaco on the Formula 1 support package.

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Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe at Silverstone: return of the raging bulls

The one make series made its appearance at Silverstone on the Blancpain support package again this year. A stunning field of Huracans took to the Northamptonshire circuit on the scorching May weekend for some fantastic, close racing.

Taking the win in race one in the Pro class was Imperiale Racings Vito Postiglione and Karol Basz in their second consecutive win of the season. Postiglione commented “I managed to keep my position at the start. I tried to keep up with the leaders and managed to do so. I then opted to anticipate the pit stop. A choice that in the end paid off, with Basz coming back ahead and then remaining in the lead until the end, despite the many lapped drivers”.

In the Pro-am class it was victory for Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli of Antonelli Motorsport also taking a second win in a row. While the AM category found VS Racings August Macbeth and defending champion Andrzej Lewandowski taking top of class. In the Lamborghini Cup Joseph Collado took his first win in his first full season in Super Trofeo Europe.

Race two found 17 year old member of the Young Drivers Program of Lamborghini Squadra Corse Giacomo Altoè, take the win alongside Daniel Zampieri. The win puts Altoe in the lead of the championship standings, he later said:  “I’d like to thank my teammate Zampieri, who helped me a lot throughout the weekend to get the most out of such a difficult track as the Silverstone one, which I’d never seen before. Race 2 was fantastic; on the penultimate lap I managed to take advantage of a small mistake made by Tweraser and took the lead. I think it was a well-deserved victory”.

More success came for Antonelli Motorsport with Juan Perez and Loris Spinelli taking first place in PRO-Am and a second trip to the podium that weekend.

Also making it back onto the podium in race two was August Macbeth and Andrzej Lewandowski. Macbeth commented: “I’m really happy. Debuting with two victories was extraordinary. I wish to thank the whole team and my teammate Lewandowski”.

While the winner of the Lamborghini cup was Gerard Van der Horst of Van Der Horst Motorsport.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe moves to Misano June 23rd/24th.

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R-Motorsport Triumph at Blancpain GT Silverstone

As the Blancpain Endurance series returned to Silverstone it was the #76 of new team R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin driven by Matthieu Vaxiviere, Jake Dennis and Nicki Thiim that took a resounding win with more than 10 seconds ahead of second place #88 Mercedes AMG of AKKA ASP, with #114 Emil Frey Lexus taking third place.

There was some confusion after the mornings qualifying session due to the #76 Vantage being disqualified due to the data-logger not working, this would have put the car to the back of the grid, however the team lodged an appeal putting them on pole and in the event of their appeal being overturned race results would have been provisional.

At time of writing the #76 maintained its position and subsequent race win.

The #76 was never in any position to be seriously troubled by the #88 Mercedes of Adam Christodoulou, Tristan Vautier and Raffaelle Marciello. The AKKA ASP squad briefly took the lead after the first round of pit stops but with Jake Dennis now at the wheel of the #76, the lead position was quickly regained.

Jake Dennis commented: “I looked to my left coming out of the pits and I could see the Mercedes overtaking me. I pushed as hard as I could for a few laps to try and put some pressure on Tristan and the move paid off. We left each other enough space so there was good respect between us. From then on I just wanted to run a clean stint. The car was incredible all weekend. We’ve had a really strong package and my teammates have done an outstanding job.”

The #114 Emil Frey Lexus took third position and despite a a charge from Dries Vanthoor in the #1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 the #114 held third giving Lexus their first podium place in the Blancpain GT Series.

In the Silver Cup class it was top step of the podium for Abdul Al Faisal, Hubert Haupt and Gabrielle Plana in the Black Falcon Mercedes AMG, although it had looked as though the #54 Emil Frey Jaguar was set to take the win until the last hour of the race when a lost wheel brought them to a halt at Luffield and dropped them out of the race and down the final class order into seventh place.

Taking second place was the Reiter Young Stars squad of Mads Siljehaug, Lenny Marioneck and Patric Neiderhauser in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The team is made up of several students who work closely with industrial partners competing in the Reiter Young Stars Cup.

Third step of the podium in that class went to Jordan Witt, Ricardo Sanchez and Struan Moore in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of RJN Motorsport.

Pro-AM Cup found class honours going to Ram Racings Darren Burke, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey in the Mercedes AMG in a dominant win which saw Hankey take the final stint and a popular home win for the WEC driver.

In second place was the #42 Mercedes AMG of Strakka Racing helmed by Chris Buncombe, Nick Leventis and Lewis Williamson, Williamson also completing the fastest lap in class.   Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin in the AF Corse Ferrari 488 took third place while the #53 sister car completed the class in ninth place

The win in the AM Cup went to Garage 59’s Chris Harris, Alexander West and Chris Goodwin who finished just ahead of #89 AKKA ASP Teams Mercedes AMG of Phillipe Glauque, Eric Debard and Fabien Barthez with the Porsche 911 of Herberth Motorsport finishing class in third place.

British GT entrants Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw also competed, Minshaw on board the Barwell Lamborghini #77 which finished 42nd overall after contact with the #26 Audi took it into the International pit wall and out of the race.  

Keen was behind the wheel of the GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan which finished 17th overall. Meanwhile last years British GT champion Seb Morris who is contesting the series in the Team Parker Racing Bentley was taken out of the race early on after engine problems drew their day to a close.

The Series continues at Paul Ricard on 1st/2nd of June.

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BARC & Britcar Endurance Silverstone 2018 Gallery

Britcar Endurance returned to the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone last weekend, with victory for Richard Neary in the Sprint Category of both races with Johnny Mowlem and Ivor Dunbar also doing a double win in both Endurance races.

 A large grid of entries included the new Honda Civic Type R run by Synchro, Alyn James put some very fast laps in for the factory squad, the team finishing 6th overall in the 2 hour endurance race.

Race 2 brought very different weather conditions to the first which was run in sunny dry conditions, while the two hour race run Saturday mid afternoon, saw a dry start, but when rain began to fall so the incidents on track also started stacking up.

The racing was never less than hard fought with the likes of Sarah Moore doing battle with Adam Morgan, earning her Britcar Driver of the Day, but Stewart Lines and Adam Morgan claimed overall third in the SEAT Cupra, battling the on track conditions that saw many cars struggling.

Among those that came to strife was the Porsche Cayman of Brad and Rick Nevinson as well as the EDF Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage which suffered gearbox issues, putting Mal Sandford and Ben Seyfried out of the race.

In the Ginetta corner it was Team HARD who dominated as opposed to Black Mamba Racing who had given Team HARD a run for their money at Rockingham.

Simon Rudd & Tom Barley took P1 & P2 in class in race 1 and 2 respectively, and Adam Hatfield & Callum Hawkins-Row taking P1 & P4.

Also on track was the MSA Superkart Championship, OSS Championship, Classic FF1600, Kumho BMW Championship and the Caterham Graduate Championship.

In the Superkarts Championship Paul Platt takes a resounding lead after just two rounds while former champ Gavin Bennett had a continuation of his problems in the Cadwell Park round, retiring from all three Silverstone races.

 

 

 

While the OSS Championship saw a huge grid of 42 entries ranging from Radicals to the stunning

Manderson Whiteland of Matt Manderson and some fantastic sports car racing across the weekend.

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Mowle & Buurman take the win at British GT Rockingham

ERC Sport’s Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman took the win in a gripping afternoon of British GT racing at Rockingham. The duo were originally flanked on the podium by TF Sports Derek Johnson and Marco Sorenson, however a post race 30 second penalty given after Derek Johnson made contact with Rick Parfitt Jnr sending him spinning across the track at Tarzan, saw the duo lose their podium place, promoting Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod to second and Beechcroft’s Darren Turner and Andrew Howard to third place.

There was problems for the #68 Toyota on the opening lap, bringing an early pit stop for Tom Canning with gear selection problems. Meanwhile Parfitt Jnr who had started in eleventh place made good progress moving up into eighth place. On the eighth lap Sean Balfe came into strife after spinning off into the wall on the banking before Deene.

The first Safety Car of the race was deployed reducing the lead that Jon Minshaw had established. After the Safety car period ended it was Sam De Haan in the #69 Barwell Lamborghini in second place with Flick Haigh in the #75 Aston Martin in third place. Meanwhile Mark Farmer in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin was suffering electrical problems that seemed to cause the Vantage to cut out on the banking.

On lap 12 Flick Haigh ran off at Tarzan after slipping on an oil patch, but rejoined dropping down into 10th. There were serious problems for Ana Walewska who pitted with electrical issues in the Team Hard Racing Ginetta that took her out of the race. Meanwhile Andrew Howard passed Parfitt Jnr moving up into eighth place.

In GT4 Charlie Fagg did battle with HHC’s Patrik Matthiesen for class lead. The #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren span into the gravel at Chapman Curve bringing out the second safety car.

As the period closed Flick Haigh fought through up into fifth place, Sam De Haan drew back into third while #47 Graham Davidson moved into second place, however after Davidson handed the #47 Aston Martin to Maxime Martin, a further safety car period neutralised their advantage, and Buurman took the lead.

The #33 Lamborghini had to serve the 20 second success penalty after the Oulton Park round and any chance of a recovery and win was dashed after Barwell was handed a 10 second stop/go penalty for a pit infringement. Barwell’s bad luck continued when Sam De Haan’s Lamborghini was sidelined with a clutch problem taking the #69 Huracan out of the race.

Buurman took the lead, and romped home with the win.

Darren Turner moved into third place but was pursued hotly by Callum MacLeod just a second behind him,

eventually passing him and putting the Team Parker Racing #7 duo on the podium.

GT4 saw HHC Motorsports Patrik Matthiesen and Callum Pointon took their maiden win, UltraTek Racing Team RJN’s Stephen Johansen and Jesse Anttila took second place, with Academy Motorsport’s Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore on the third step of the podium.

The championship continues at Snetterton on May 26th/27th.

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