British GT Spa: Victory for Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin

The British GT Spa round resulted in a maiden win for Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin aboard the Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage.

The chaotic race opened with Flick Haigh on pole, however a spin early on and a stop/go penalty for Ram Racings Remon Vos and Tom Onslowe-Cole, handed Davidson & Martin the lead. There was also strife for Nicki Thiim and Mark Farmer on lap one when their #11 Aston Martin caught fire with Farmer at the wheel, taking the duo out of the race. Another casualty after the safety car period lifted was the #99 Beechdean AMR of Darren Turner and Andrew Howard, who took an early pit stop with a radiator problem and exited the race.

Contact between Barwells Sam De Haan and Jon Minshaw caused problems for De Haan in the #69 Lamborghini as he was deemed to be have caused the tussle and given a 10 second stop/go penalty while Minshaw also lost places but managed to make them up by the time the pit window opened.

The second half of the race wasn’t without incident firstly the Team ABBA Mercedes AMG  caught fire, taking Adam Christodoulou and Richard Neary out of the race, and bringing the safety car out again but that didn’t diminish Martins lead in the #47 Jetstream Aston Martin, going on to take the chequered flag 8 seconds clear of Ryan Radcliff with Matt Sorenson in the #17 Aston Martin in third place.  However a post race 30 second penalty for Sorenson and Johnston for avoidable contact, saw them dropped down to seventh place, with Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam inheriting the third place on the podium.

In GT4 it was victory for Century Motorsports Dean MacDonald and Jack Mitchell. Pole sitters Charlie Fagg and Michael O’Brien held the lead for the first hour despite the chaotic start and with only a few seconds between them, Finlay Hutchinson, Ben Tuck and Lewis Proctor.  As the pit window opened Proctor along with the lead car headed into the pits only to have the Tolman Motorsport McLaren shared with Jordan Albert catch fire, forcing their retirement.

A safety car period saw Fagg lose his lead and pole switching to MacDonald and Mitchell, while Equipe Verschuur’s Daniel McKay and Finlay Hutchison took third place.

SRO’s Speed week  place at Spa kicked off with British GT last weekend and culminating in Blancpain GT the following weekend, the British GT Championship continues at Brands Hatch on August 4th and 5th.

Images  ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

 

Silverstone Classic 2018 Preview

The worlds biggest classic car event returns to Silverstone next weekend with a huge array of racing and attractions for the whole family at the Silverstone Classic.

Among many anniversaries that will be celebrated are 60 years of the British Touring Car Championship. Sunday will see a Diamond Anniversary parade of some iconic touring cars driven by some legends of the series including John Fitzpatrick, John Cleland, Tim Harvey, Rickard Rydell, Jason Plato and Ash Sutton.

This really is an item not to be missed by any BTCC fan, there will be some notable cars including Doc Shepherd’s 1960 Austin A40, Graham Hill’s Jaguar Mk2 from 1962, Frank Gardner’s Ford Escort from 1968 and Rickard Rydell will be back behind the wheel of his Volvo 850 Estate. A number of eminent drivers also on hand includes Steve Soper, Sam Tordoff, Ian Flux, Jason Hughes and Jeff Allam to name but a few.

There will also be celebrations honouring 70 years since the first Grand Prix staged at Silverstone in 1948,

while also marked will be the 50th anniversary of the Morgan Plus 8 and 60 years of Formula Junior among many others.

The classic car on track action is second to none, with 21 races including the superb addition of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Race Series and FIA Masters Historic Sportscars as well as the debut of the Masters Endurance Legends. That grid will see some stunning historic prototypes and GT’s that have competed upto as recently as 2012, among those competing will be 6 times gold Olympic medal winner Sir Chris Hoy who will be behind the wheel of a Courage LC75.

The Masters Historic, Endurance Legends and GT’s will run their first three races on the Saturday evening under the banner “Daytona at Dusk”, and with a backdrop of live music by UB40, an unmissable series of races for any enthusiast.

There will be two wheeled action in the form of the World GP Bike Legends with among others Maria Costello, Freddie Spencer, Phil Read and Steve Parrish out on track on board their period two stroke motorbikes. And for the bike enthusiast visiting the Ace Cafe, which is taking over the Pit Stop Cafe in the national paddock as it takes centre stage to celebrate its 80th birthday is a must do.

As well as the action on track, there is an enormous amount to see around the Northamptonshire site including an unrivalled display of car clubs from those celebrating anniversaries such as the 70th Anniversary of the Aston Martin DB1 to The Royal Air Force Mini Club celebrating 100 years of the RAF.

The JET Village Green creates a traditional fair atmosphere with a Big Wheel, Crazy Golf, F1 Pitstop Challenge, a football skills coaching area for youngsters aged 5-16, many food outlets and stalls providing shopping opportunities for any petrol head, and Mike Brewers Car Clinic, where at this years Silverstone Classic he will be presenting a Porsche 356, 54 ‘Frogeye’ Sprite and a DeLorean DMC-12.

Silverstone Auctions will once again be in attendance with an even bigger selection of beautiful classic cars ready to go under the hammer including vehicles previously owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the royal family and Sir Elton John.

With much more to see and experience beside, Silverstone really is the only place to be this weekend.

For tickets and further info visit: www.silverstoneclassic.com

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick