History was made in the final round of British GT at Donington when Flick Haigh became the first woman to take the outright title, alongside Optimum Motorsport team mate Jonny Adam who took his third British GT Championship title. The pair finished fourth in the race but that was enough for them to end the season as champions.
Race winners were Barwell Motorsports Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, despite taking the chequered flag behind the #11 car of Nicki Thiim and Mark Farmer, they took top step of the podium when the TF Sport duo were given a 30 second penalty for track limits. Finishing in third place was ERC Sports Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman
As the race got underway there were problems for Balfe Motorsports Mclaren which suffered suspension failure, and withdrew on the first lap. Contact between the #47 Aston Martin of Graham Davidson and Sam De Haan brought Davidson into the pits not long before a lengthy safety car period caused by oil on the track. Minshaw’s lead was wiped out under the safety car but it wasn’t long before he started to build it up again. Further back a squabble for fourth place between Rick Parfitt Jnr and Derek Johnston resulted in damage for both and a retirement for Johnston in his final race.
The pit window opened, and Jonny Adam began his push for the title rapidly making his way up from eighth, doing battle with a relentless Ryan Ratcliffe along the way before eventually making his way into fourth place. Meanwhile Keen and Thiim fought for first place, Keen holding him off, but Thiim’s incredible pace couldn’t be matched by Keen and the #11 car passed into first place. The 30 second time penalty handed to the TF Sport duo only lost them one place but TF Sport took the Team’s Championship title, nine points ahead of Barwell Motorsport.
In GT4 it was a nail biting race as there was much to play for. Century Motorsports Jack Mitchell took the title just one point ahead of team mates Ben Green and Ben tuck, Mitchell had started the race with a ten point lead and finished the race eighth in GT4. Title contenders Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore were out of the race early on leaving the top four to fight it out. The safety car period and place changes resulted in Finlay Hutchison taking the lead and Charlie Fagg in second place. A pit lane infringement saw Mitchell and co driver Dean Macdonald incur a 10 second penalty which then dropped them down the order and left the #43 BMW fighting to capture places to hold the title place. Callum Pointon and Patrik Matthiesen briefly held the championship lead but lost it when relinquishing fifth place to Ben Tuck.
McKay and Hutchison took the GT4 win flanked by Tolman Motorsports Michael O’Brien and Charlie Fagg in second place with Joe Osborne and David Pattison in the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren in third place. In Pro/Am Scott Malvern and Nick Jones took the class win, while Century Motorsport took the GT4 Teams title.
Equipe Verschuur PMW Expo Team of the Weekend Award
Daniel McKay Sunoco Fastest Lap of the Race Award GT3
Marco Sorensen Sunoco Fastest Driver of the Season Award
Nicki Thiim Sunoco Fastest Lap of the Race Award GT4
British GT returns to Oulton Park on April 20th and 22nd 2019
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