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