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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 

British GT Brands Hatch Qualifying: Haigh and Adam take pole Position

Jonny Adam and Flick Haigh take pole position in GT3, for tomorrow’s two hour British GT race at Brands Hatch.

The pair currently sit fourteen points behind Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, however GT3 Championship results will remain provisional due to Optimum Motorsports MSA appeal after May’s Snetterton outing.  Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam was awarded a 30 second time penalty, which dropped them from fourth place to ninth and a reduction in Championship points. Along with the outcome of the appeal there is everything to play for tomorrow.

 

TF Sport’s #17 and #11 Aston Martins will begin the race at the back of the grid after Mark Farmer ended up in the gravel at Paddock Hill bend, less than 2 minutes into the session. While the #17 of Marco Sorensen was at the bottom of the timings after losing a wheel early on, only rejoining as the session drew to a close.

Team Parker Racings Rick Parfitt Jnr was quickest in the Am class however problems for Ryan Ratcliffe during his session will see the duo start 8th on the grid.

In GT4 Jack Mitchell and Dean Macdonald take pole handing Century Motorsport a 1-2 as Ben Green and Ben Tuck in the #42 BMW M4 sit in second place on the GT4 grid, while Academy Motorsports Jan Jonck and Tom Wood finished third fastest.

Tomorrow’s Brands Hatch race starts at 1.40 and is live streamed via  www.britishgt.com

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick