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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