British GT Brands Hatch: Flick Haigh & Jonny Adam take win in penultimate round.

A sizzling Brands Hatch welcomed SRO’s British GT Championship back in the penultimate round of the season. Taking the win was Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam who now top the championship leaderboard.

An initial 12 second lead by Flick Haigh, who started the race on pole, looked set to give the Optimum Motorsport duo the advantage they needed, however a lengthy safety car period ate into that and there was little time to recover time lost once racing resumed, before the pit window opened. But the Aston Martin Vantage now in the hands of Jonny Adam, emerged from a busy round of pit stops in the lead.

However Barwell Motorsports Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker in the #69 Lamborghini, had held back before pitting took advantage of the clear pit lane and jumped from sixth to first place. And so a battle for first place began between Cocker and Adam.

Further back the field, Barwells #33 Lamborghini suffered an overheated radiator after picking up debris on track, forcing the car into retirement. And there was misfortune for Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr who had been race leaders before the pit stops, when Ratcliffe was run off the track and beached in the gravel. The Team Parker Racing Bentley eventually rejoined the race but was forced to retire after a lodged stone destroyed a brake caliper.  There was a frightening moment for Maxime Martin after a his windscreen was penetrated by a foreign object. Martin was promptly sent to the circuit medical centre and then later Kings College Hospital, London for ophthalmic checks but was cleared to leave that evening.

But back in the race it was Jonny Adam who emerged triumphant with Cocker finishing just short of 5 seconds behind him and third place going to TF Sports Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim.

In GT4 Balfe Motorsports Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson took the win despite understeer problems with the McLaren that led to Johnson describing it as sounding like “a bag of tools in the passenger footwell”.

Meanwhile the fight for second place was hotting up between Team Parker Racings Scott Malvern and Martin Plowman in the UltraTek Racing Nissan, however a dominant Ben Tuck in the Century Motorsport BMW soon made his way past Malvern before tackling Plowman and relieving him of his second place, consigning him to the third step of the podium.

The season finale of British GT takes place at Donington on September 22nd/23rd.

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick