The Enduro Motorsport crew of Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton contain claimed their maiden Smart Money British GT Championship bustle victory in the apt round of the group’s debut season. The Donington Decider round of the sequence, which noticed three of the eight available championships finalised, overshadowed the group’s success, besting factory drivers and seasoned campaigners alike to establish the tip predicament.
Take into account the truth that the main focal point modified into on the championships calm to be made up our minds and Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind are celebrating their first overall British GT Championship titles. The Russian beforehand claimed the GT3 class title with Barwell Motorsport and Aston Martin in the generation when GT1 modified into the sequence high class. The GT3 Pro/Am title modified into successfully defended by RAM Racing‘s Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman who fell factual one assign short of taking the final title.
In GT4 the bustle victory went to the Academy Motorsport Ford Mustang GT4 of Matt Cowley and Will Moore. The victory confirmed 2nd assign in the final GT4 title fight and represents their 2nd victory of the 300 and sixty five days after their decide in the sixth round of the championship; the 2nd one hour bustle at Snetterton.
The apt title left to system to a resolution in GT4 modified into the Pro/Am drivers title. All over again its a story of maiden victories as the Britcar and GT Cup graduates Newbridge Motorsport claimed the title at their first strive. Matt Topham and factory pro Darren Turner mated a 2nd in school at the decider to 3 victories, one other 2nd and a fifth to seal the championship no subject finishing in the reduction of their class competitors.
GT3: Tillbrook and Clutton Victorious, Machitski and Lind Title Winners.
With titles on the line the bustle for victory modified into frequently going to be overshadowed at Donington Park. From the off there modified into drama with title hopeful Michael Igoe main from the originate handiest to lope out of the lead and into a four lap deficit at Aged Hairpin. The WPI Motorsport driver, sharing with Phil Alive to who has been in competition for the final title at 5 consecutive Donington Deciders plus closing years COVID enforced Silverstone Showdown, ended their title hopes in the principle lap of the bustle and left Alive to with a seventh 300 and sixty five days of hope if he returns for 2022.
The lope assign the Group ABBA Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 into the lead of the bustle, a series it held for a long way of the principle hour. In the reduction of, Tillbrook modified into left making an strive to cling on to 2nd assign against the onslaught of the championship hopeful Ian Loggie. It modified into a wrestle he modified into destined to lose nonetheless and the pink Mercedes-AMG made it a 3-pointed broad title 1-2 in direction of the discontinuance of the opening stint.
Fourth assign for the principle hour modified into held mostly by one other championship hopeful, Adam Balon in the defending champion Sandy Mitchell‘s #1 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO. Group mate and championship leader Machitski held fifth with Andrew Howard, the fourth closing title contender in sixth assign. The trio ran as a community for a while sooner than Balon staged a decrease loose but the #1 car had success penalties to attend in the pits while the #63 modified into unencumbered.
A runt contact at Redgate unsettled the Aston Martin of Beechdean AMR group proprietor Howard, resulting in a half lope which ended the distant hopes of a solo championship victory. Machitski modified into free to pursue Balon in the trek to the pit stops.
The pit stops arrived and Richard Neary in the Group ABBA machine prolonged his lead at the front from three to 10 seconds, handing over to son Sam Neary who promptly dwelling the fastest lap of the bustle. The advantages of getting no success seconds graphically displayed by the matte sad Benz.
In an identical device penalty free, Marcus Clutton emerged in third assign in the reduction of Yelmer Buurman. The McLaren and Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO began looking down Neary in the older spec Benz, stopping temporarily to wrestle amongst themselves sooner than Clutton got the greater hand and shot off to explain the #8 machine. One more duel resulted in the Enduro Motorsport driver claiming essentially the most smartly-most widespread line at the Goddard’s hairpin and depriving the BRDC Rising Extensive title of the lead.
Success penalties in the pit lane also allowed Dennis Lind to leap-frog the Balon/Mitchell machine and dwelling off in fourth assign to creep down the leaders. A 30 2nd deficit modified into a mountain to climb but the Lamborghini dwelling to reducing the lead Buurman held.
With Lind stable in 4th assign, Buurman’s project modified into obvious. It modified into victory or nothing if the #6 crew had been to shriek both the Pro/Am and Total drivers crowns. Two locations to invent up against particular opposition. First up modified into a Mercedes on Mercedes contest the assign for the principle time in 2021, Neary made a mistake which allowed the vastly more skilled opposition thru. The #8 ran huge at Redgate, kicking up gravel but persevering with on. Unfortunately, it continued on in third assign.
Buurman continued to halt the outlet to Clutton, settling finally into a rather consistent gap of between a 2nd and a half and a pair of.5 seconds. The McLaren absorbed all of the Mercedes could perchance attain and introduced it dwelling for the group’s maiden victory, six months and 12 days after the shock announcement they had obtained the Balfe Motorsport McLaren and had been coming to GT3.
By no device neglect, the group had planned on entering a GT4 car for 2021!
Buurman’s incapacity to cross the McLaren, mixed with a managed force from Dennis Lind assured the Barwell crew of the final title. Even though the bustle had trek to its corpulent planned time, it modified into highly unlikely that the Mercedes could perchance overcome the McLaren forward. As an different the crimson flag which ended the bustle early handiest allowed the victors a rather earlier pop of the champaign corks.
Obscurities of the British GT scoring machine meant nonetheless that Loggie and Buurman got their championship assign in the solar, or no longer lower than the no longer raining, as winners of the 2021 British GT3 Pro/Am title.
The success of Lind and Machitski added the GT3 overall title to the Group’s crown Barwell secured at the penultimate round in Cheshire. Lind also secured his sixth fastest lap award of the season, which provided that he didn’t win to force at the sequence first consult with to Donington Park is a formidable success.
In the reduction of the championship fight Sandy Mitchell introduced the outgoing champion car dwelling in fifth assign forward of the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Reduce Jones and Scott Malvern. Jones proved larger than at dwelling in championship contending company all over the difficult stint on moist tyres and a drying tune which opened the 2 hour stumble upon. Malvern assign in a particular strive at the Sunoco Fastest Lap award while looking down Mitchell but modified into unable to discontinuance the transfer and executed in sixth assign.
Seventh to tenth assign had been all done by vehicles who had troubles all over the bustle. Mia Flewitt and Euan Hankey claimed seventh on the third and supreme look for their contemporary for 2021 Group Rocket RJN McLaren 720S GT3 after an early lope assign them on the reduction foot. The bump and round for Howard left Jonny Adam with a explain in the Beechdean machine which at closing placed Eighth forward of Stewart Proctor and Lewis Proctor in the Balfe Motorsport GT3 entry.
Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman done a season which noticed them originate as potentialities of JRM Racing and discontinuance as proprietor drivers of the Paddock Motorsport Bentley Continental GT3. A spectacular 360 from the TV broad title turned group proprietor modified into the dwelling off of their drop down the shriek to the bottom of the tip ten.
With the Group Rocket McLaren a round by round entry the parts continued down to 12th in school. The debuting Tolman Motorsport Bentley took eleventh in GT3 but factual admire the Flewitt/Hankey entry, is invisible as a long way as parts are fervent. As an different Igoe and Alive to had been capable of lope away Donington Park without going away empty handed. 1.5 parts in the final wrestle for 10th of the corpulent season entries.
GT4: Academy Battle Via for Victory; Topham and Turner Explain Pro/Am Title.
GT4 modified into mainly freed from any championship encumbrances at the Donington Decider. Century Motorsport had already sealed the Total, Silver Cup and Group’s titles at Oulton Park which factual left the Pro/Am wrestle left to be made up our minds. The lesser locations in the other three titles can had been up for grabs but on all of the, we had been handled to a bustle without politics.
As the bustle got underway the rains which had soaked the East Midlands venue overnight finally stopped and the apt pre-British GT crimson meat up bustle began the project of drying the Donington Park Huge Prix circuit. It modified into a project the characteristic bustle vehicles would contain to raise out off, and all but the #9 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 took to the tune shod in moist weather Pirelli tyres. Chris Salkeld for Century started from the pit lane, a extraordinarily rare strategic miscue from Nathan Freke‘s group which finally joined the tune a lap down and on what turned out to be the inappropriate tyres.
The gamble can contain long past either system; the 1 hour bustle at Donington Park in 2020 modified into gained outright by a slick shod Bentley on arguably a Cinturato favouring tune.
The 2021 roll of the cube didn’t pay off and Chris Salkeld modified into handled to a nerve engrossing hour at the wheel of the BMW, handiest coming into its contain in the loss of life ten minutes of the stint. He handed over to Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke the similar lap down he started the bustle but as early holder of the fastest lap in GT4. The duo ceded the fight for 2nd in the GT4 Total title wrestle.
That honour went as an different to the #61 crew of Matt Cowley and Will Moore who went to slicks at the stops and archaic tyre income to shriek the lead with 17 laps left of the bustle. From then on it modified into by no device in doubt that the Academy Motorsport crew would establish the bustle victory. The shock as an different modified into that Alain Valente in the Group Rocket RJN McLaren 570S GT4 stayed within 3 seconds of the Mustang to the discontinuance of the bustle.
The originate clearly noticed Richard Williams on pole in the Steller Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT4 he shares with Sennan Fielding. The group proprietor struggled early on, it sounds as if making an strive to stay with a tyre explain alongside with pressure from a swarm of GT4 vehicles in the reduction of, falling reduction early on as Moore took the tip predicament at Schwanz three laps in and Michael Benyahia grabbing 2nd at Goddard’s on lap 4.
The #57 Century Motorsport BMW of Will Burns took third and joined the Mustang and McLaren in a wrestle pack which opened the vary early on. All three took spells at the head of a 12 wheeled multi-shade practice at some point of the principle hour. Most engrossing a minor off at Fogherty Esses for Will Moore factual sooner than the pit window opened interrupted the particular natured scrap sooner than the vehicles headed to pit lane for driver changes.
Will Burns and Gus Burton had been particular at Oulton Park to make a decision the title widespread and they also did, taking victory in the apt bustle in Cheshire. The success at Oulton spelled the loss of life of any bustle a success hopes at Donington Park, the 20 seconds penalty shedding the newly sad, white and gold BMW out of competition. Moore and Benyahia pitted as a practice, success seconds giving the consequence in the McLaren DDP driver who had no penalty to attend and left the pits on wets. The Academy crew switched to slicks and the income proved decisive.
Century’s champions executed in third assign.
Facing the difficult conditions assign the silver cup vehicles in the ascendant. The gap to the Pro/Am title wrestle grew with every lap but it didn’t invent the duel any less exciting. Fox Motorsport had the greater hand in the wrestle which raged for many of the bustle but the Newbridge Motorsport duo of Topham and Turner had the whip hand. Supplied they stayed forward of the Assetto Motorsport Ginetta and the Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4, they couldn’t be bested.
The Ginetta had a lamentable bustle. Mired in the bowels of the GT4 class it by no device in actual fact rose to attention. The Toyota did produce thoroughly, getting angry by the class fight for a long way of the bustle and at the midway point it modified into the McLaren of Nik Halstead and Jamie Stanley who stood to carry out the title.
Force shaft failure on the Toyota, after a kindly first stint from John Furgusson and a formidable force as frequently from Jamie Caroline, sealed the deal for Newbridge. There ended the wrestle for the apt class in the championship the assign every corpulent season entrant had a shot at the title at the finale.
The crimson flag rapidly after the pole sitter in GT4, Steller Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS GT4, ground to a discontinuance on the grass down the Crainer Curves factual confirmed the consequence a short time early. The flag, no longer for the Audi but for the forever unlucky #2 Group Rocket RJN McLaren of Jordan Collard, modified into issued since the machine shared with James Kell broke down factual over the blind crest of Coppice Corner and couldn’t be either recovered safely or left in assign.
So in the reduction of the trio of Silver Cup entries, first the Academy Mustang, then Group Rocket RJN’s #3 McLaren and the #57 Century BMW came the Pro/Am fight. Fox bested Newbridge on the avenue but the title went to the Aston Martin crew who ended the bustle over six seconds obvious of Century’s single round entry of David Holloway and Bradley Ellis, one other V8 Vantage AMR GT4.
Seventh in GT4 went to the #4 machine, taken to the discontinuance by Katie Milner and shared with Harry Hayek. In eighth assign the Balfe Motorsport entered McLaren 570S GT4 of Ashley Marshall and Jack Brown modified into fortunate to invent the classification the least bit. The duo attracted a 2 2nd discontinuance and lope penalty for entering pit lane too early for the pit window, the scale of the penalty equalled the miscalculation so a extraordinarily minor mistake in the maths had broad penalties.
Nonetheless, Marshall either misunderstood the penalty or took it upon himself to moderate it through the use of thru in preference to stopping for the necessary 2 seconds. He risked disqualification but it appears to be like bustle wait on watch over took pity and the car’s eighth assign stands.
Ninth went to the Assetto Motorsport Ginetta, Designate Sansom and Charlie Robertson managing to outpace the one round entry of CWS Slip Engineering in a 2nd G56 GT4 by round 37 seconds. Steller Motorsport made the classification no subject pulling over while Chris Salkeld and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke ended the bustle stone dreary closing after their dauntless, but melancholy, tyre gamble at the originate.
The Smart Money British GT Championship title winners now perceive forward to the SRO Night of Champions birthday party later in the 300 and sixty five days. Programmes for 2022 will now be successfully into planning, with action resuming on Easter Weekend at Oulton Park. If 2021 is anything to lope by, the 29th season of the UK’s premiere sportscar sequence goes to be a thriller.