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Burns/Burton seal British GT4 title as O’Sullivan waits to be topped in GB3

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5 vehicles stay in mathematical rivalry for the British GT3 title following two eventful one-hour sprints at Oulton Park.

Guesting RAM Racing Mercedes drivers Kevin Tse and Tom Onslow-Cole took a cushty victory within the opener, the 42-year-old Macanese taking to the undulating Cheshire circuit like a duck to water on his collection debut. Michael Igoe and Phil Eager (WPI Lamborghini) then splashed to their first win for the reason that Manufacturers Hatch season opener within the soaking second race.

However the greatest winners had been Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind, the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini pair extending their championship lead by seven factors to 13.5, with 37.5 up for grabs on the finale.

The weekend had began badly for 2006 champion Machitski, who shunted out of FP1 and missed your entire second observe session. Eighth in qualifying for race one wasn’t a foul effort, not least as a result of nearest title rival Ian Loggie (RAM Mercedes) was one place behind him. He would acquire one other place when Beechdean Aston Martin driver Andrew Howard (degree on factors with Loggie) wanted a brand new chassis following a qualifying shunt of his personal, the ensuing 10-place grid penalty sending him to the again of the 11-car grid.

With Howard’s co-driver Jonny Adam unable to set a lap and likewise beginning race two from final, Beechdean’s weekend was completely compromised and would yield simply six factors for 2 ninth locations. Machitski bided his time within the opening stint of race one, protecting a prepare headed by Loggie at bay, and gained two spots to nab fourth when Morgan Tillbrook spun his Enduro Motorsport McLaren at Cascades, forcing Igoe onto the grass in avoidance.

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Up forward, Tse had caught polesitter Kelvin Fletcher and took the lead on lap 11 when the Paddock Motorsport Bentley needed to dodge a GT4 skirmish at {Old} Corridor. Fletcher additionally misplaced second to Richard Neary – again after lacking Snetterton as a result of harm sustained to his Abba Mercedes at Spa – earlier than the pitstops, when he was baulked in visitors exiting Cascades.

Your complete GT3 discipline (barring the delayed Tillbrook) adopted Tse in as quickly because the pit window opened on lap 14, the highest three rising in the identical order with Onslow-Cole main Sam Neary and Martin Plowman. Neary briefly challenged, however collection returnee Onslow-Cole quickly pulled away for a maiden British GT victory.

Leo Machitski/Dennis Lind (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO) British GT, Oulton Park 2021

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However with the profitable crew ineligible to attain, the battle for second was well worth the full complement of 25 factors. In decided temper, Lind zeroed in on Plowman and took third decisively into {Old} Corridor on lap 21 out of 37. Neary then appeared susceptible to the marauding Dane, however repeatedly repelled his challenges in an outstanding defensive show, ending 0.692 seconds forward.

A five-second success penalty carried over from Snetterton dropped Eager behind race two polesitter Scott Malvern (Crew Parker Porsche) within the pits, however he nonetheless salvaged fifth place after Plowman was hit with a 30s penalty for repeated track- limits abuse and dropped to tenth.

After a safety-car begin as a result of poor visibility, Malvern managed the early phases of race two from Lind and the second Barwell Lamborghini of Sandy Mitchell, who finally handed his team-mate into {Old} Corridor on lap 11. Eager ran sixth, behind Loggie’s co-driver Yelmer Buurman and Marcus Clutton (Enduro McLaren).

An off for Onslow-Cole on the Island Bend on the identical tour introduced out the protection automotive and scrambled the order once more as RAM obtained Loggie (whose 10s penalty carried over from Snetterton had restricted himself and Buurman to seventh in race one) out within the lead. However, having been pushed out of his pit stall early, Loggie needed to gradual dramatically earlier than crossing the timing beam with the intention to meet the minimal pitstop time, which is in opposition to the principles. He was subsequently hit with a drivethrough penalty, dropping him again to sixth.

Igoe thus led from Mitchell’s co-driver Adam Balon, Nick Jones (in for Malvern), Machitski and Neary. However Loggie was on a cost and, after Neary dropped again with an off at Shell Oils, he stormed again to 3rd by passing Machitski and Jones, the Porsche driver additionally succumbing to Machitski earlier than the flag.

Balon spun by himself at {Old} Corridor beginning the ultimate lap, however gathered it up with sufficient time in hand to carry onto second, whereas Igoe introduced dwelling a victory that places himself and Eager proper again into the title hunt.
But the crew holding all of the playing cards heading to the Donington finale is Machitski and Lind, whose fourth place means they don’t have any success penalties hanging over them. With closest challengers Loggie/Buurman set to serve 10s, Igoe/Eager 20s and Balon/Mitchell 15s, the Barwell crew can have a vital benefit. However, as Mark Lemmer’s group nicely is aware of, nothing in British GT is ever sure…

British GT4: Burns and Burton safe outright title

Will Burns/Gus Burton (BMW M3) British GT, Oulton Park 2021

Will Burns/Gus Burton (BMW M3) British GT, Oulton Park 2021

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Century Motorsport BMW pair Will Burns and Gus Burton clinched the GT4 title in model with one spherical to spare, because of taking an unlikely victory in race two.

The pair had earlier completed second within the opening race, Burns taking the lead from polesitter Matt Topham’s Newbridge Aston Martin firstly and main till the pitstops, the place a 14-second shorter pitstop for the Professional-Am Aston meant Darren Turner emerged with a wholesome margin over Burton’s Silver Cup M4. Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding (Steller Audi) accomplished the rostrum, Williams having spent the primary stint bottled up behind Will Moore’s Mustang, which was sidelined by a starter motor failure throughout its cease.

With a seven-second pitstop success penalty for race two, the runaway championship leaders didn’t look a powerful guess to win, notably when Burton ran fourth within the opening stint whereas 2020 champion Jamie Caroline (subbing for Scott McKenna within the Professional-Am Speedworks Toyota) constructed up a wholesome lead over Fielding and Turner.

However Caroline’s laborious work was dashed when the protection automotive appeared following Tom Onslow-Cole’s off, whereas Newbridge and Steller blundered by leaving their costs out one lap longer than their rivals, dropping to the again after finishing one additional gradual lap within the security automotive queue.

Mark Sansom’s Ginetta (which ran fifth early on within the fingers of Charlie Robertson) was the shock chief when the race resumed, forward of fellow beginner John Ferguson (in for Caroline), however they had been simple prey for the Silver drivers whose pitstop deficits had been worn out.

Crew Rocket RJN McLaren driver James Kell – in for Jordan Collard – scythed his method to the entrance, tracked intently by team-mate Michael Benyahia and Burns. However, regardless of the BMW’s heated windscreen not working, Burns was clearly faster than the pair in entrance and Benyahia knew it, prompting a careless lunge for the lead at Knickerbrook on lap 25. Kell was knocked sideways however one way or the other stored going, whereas Burns wanted no additional invitation to capitalise on Benyahia’s lack of momentum to grab second on the strategy to Druids.

Burns then sized up Kell, making the cross stick at {Old} Corridor two laps later earlier than pulling away to a 3rd win of the season. The struggling Benyahia dropped again within the closing laps, falling behind Moore and Jack Brown, who had earlier been taken out of race one at Lodge by the second Century BMW of Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke.

Oulton Park GB3: O’Sullivan waits to be topped

GB3 Championship, Oulton Park 2021

GB3 Championship, Oulton Park 2021

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Zak O’Sullivan all however secured the GB3 Championship crown throughout a extremely eventful penultimate spherical at Oulton Park.

The Carlin driver put in his strongest qualifying efficiency of the season to safe a double pole, and had been nearly half a second away from the sphere earlier than collection debutant Luke Browning closed the hole to simply over 0.1s on his remaining two laps of the session. Browning tried to wrestle the lead away from his former British Method 4 rival by way of the primary few corners of the opening race however, after resisting the strain, O’Sullivan set a collection of quickest laps to drag clear and take the win by nearly 4 seconds.

After his automotive was discovered to have extreme skid-block put on throughout post-race scrutineering, Browning was disqualified from second place. That promoted the in-form pair of Ayrton Simmons (Chris Dittmann Racing) and Roberto Faria (Fortec Motorsport) to second and third, whereas their fellow rival for second within the standings, Christian Mansell, was fifth after sitting on the tail of Bart Horsten all through.

Browning would get pleasure from a reversal in fortunes in race two. O’Sullivan led away from pole once more, however a greater exit out of {Old} Corridor allowed Browning’s Fortec automotive to attract alongside and take the lead on the within of Cascades. The pair ran nostril to tail within the opening laps, with Faria lurking shut behind in third. O’Sullivan finally went for a transfer across the outdoors at Hislops however the hole disappeared, and he ended up spearing into the obstacles after taking to the grass.

Zak O'Sullivan heads off the track, GB3, Oulton Park 2021

Zak O’Sullivan heads off the observe, GB3, Oulton Park 2021

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Faria was left to take the battle to his Fortec team-mate and, when Browning made a poor exit from Lodge, Faria was in a position to edge forward because the pair began the penultimate lap. Browning tried to battle again on the within of {Old} Corridor however each concurrently ended up off the street, with Faria’s race ending within the obstacles.

Bart Horsten inherited the lead earlier than the purple flags had been proven, however the Hitech GP driver would miss out on a maiden collection win. Officers reinstated Browning on countback greater than an hour after the race, giving him a victory on his first weekend in GB3. Faria was not categorized given he had retired on the time of the purple flag, which means Horsten took second forward of shut pursuers Mansell and Simmons.

Heavy rain greeted the drivers for the ultimate race of the weekend, with Mikkel Grundtvig main away firstly of the fully-reversed-grid encounter from Roman Bilinski, who made an excellent begin from fourth.

Arden driver Bilinski moved to the entrance on the within of Cascades earlier than pulling clear and taking his third victory of the season by over eight seconds from Grundtvig, who scored his third reversed-grid podium of the yr. Frederick Lubin completed third – his finest end result up to now – forward of Javier Sagrera, the pair having handed Sebastian Alvarez late on.

O’Sullivan climbed from sixteenth on the grid to complete sixth, giving him a 112-point championship lead over Simmons, with Mansell three factors additional behind. Whereas not sufficient to formally safe him the title, O’Sullivan could possibly be topped champion earlier than he subsequent sits within the automotive. With factors awarded for positions gained within the reversed-grid race, the potential most on provide on the Donington Park finale relies on the variety of vehicles that enter.

Manufacturers Hatch 750MC: Quick and Yarrow full title quests

Ben Short (right) just missed out on race-one win to Ben Abbitt, but picked up the MX-5 Cup title. Brands Hatch 2021

Ben Quick (proper) simply missed out on race-one win to Ben Abbitt, however picked up the MX-5 Cup title. Manufacturers Hatch 2021

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Ben Quick and Ryan Yarrow secured their respective MX-5 Cup and Sports activities 1000 championships on the 750 Motor Membership’s second go to of the season to Manufacturers Hatch’s Indy circuit. As a number of factors leaders hit hassle, different rivals edged nearer to titles to be gained at Oulton Park, Mallory Park or Snetterton subsequent month.

The 5 Membership Racing Mazda promotion was a story of three Bens, for Abbitt scored his first marketing campaign win on Saturday, Quick took Sunday’s early stanza, and outgoing champ Hancy matched Abbitt’s feat within the reversed-grid race. When challenger Michael Comber – second within the opener – was beached within the gravel on the rise to Druids within the center race, marque maestro Quick was nearly dwelling and dry. Ending on Hancy’s bumper final trip made positive.

Reigning champion Yarrow’s job was aided when French title rival Victor Neumann (Mittell MC-53) was pushed from fifth on Saturday’s grid. Michael Roots utilised his Mittell’s straightline velocity to complete 0.24 seconds behind Yarrow’s Spire on Saturday. Spiremen Wealthy Miles (GT3S, from pole) and Sporting Cup class winner Matthew Minett (GT3) chased them in. Roots outran Miles and Yarrow within the sequel, red-flagged inside a lap when Ian Hutchinson’s Spire clonked Jonathan McGill’s amidships, splitting its oil cooler. The restart was truncated when Minett’s engine grenaded.

James Harridge was quickest in Method Vee qualifying, however his bid to land back-to-back crowns was hit when his Maverick’s engine ran its bearings. Pressured to overlook Saturday’s drama-laced race – gained by Dan Fingers within the AHS Dominator improvement automotive – Harridge fitted a brand new motor for Sunday and was main when it blew.

“I used to be gutted,” he mentioned, however harm to his aspirations was minimal for the reason that main lights all had nightmares. Harridge’s closest challenger Craig Pollard had been ‘meatball’ flagged for dropping oil when his Bears GAC slowed exiting Druids within the opener and Peter Belsey (Spyder) couldn’t keep away from contact.

Each had been again out for Sunday’s leg, stopped nearly instantly when Matt Harbot’s Dominator arrived at Druids with its throttle jammed open and was launched over Maurice Gloster’s GAC. Harbot escaped harm. After the restart, chief Fingers’s clutch failed, forcing retirement, and Pollard was summoned in once more. Belsey charged dwelling a shocked however delighted winner, over Ian Buxton, Gloster and Andrew Cooper, who was swallowed on the lights however fought again to the place he’d began.

Danny Hands (AHS Dominator Mk2), Formula Vee, Brands Hatch 2021

Danny Fingers (AHS Dominator Mk2), Method Vee, Manufacturers Hatch 2021

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Trailing Jack Kingsbury by 17 factors heading to Kent, Jack Dwane’s wealthy vein of Renault Clio 182 type continued with two consummate victories making it 4 from 5. Kingsbury, Scott Edgar and Jason Pelosi led Saturday’s pursuit. With Dwane clear on Sunday, Kingsbury was penalised two seconds for clouting Anglesey winner Josh Larkin’s door in a bundle into Druids, which advantaged Larkin’s Deranged Motorsport team-mate Pelosi. The imposition dropped Kingsbury to eleventh, bringing Dwane even nearer going to Snetterton’s decider.

Desk-topper Peter Bove’s quest for a sixth 750 Method gong had been hobbled by his devoted Darvi’s mysterious lack of rear-end grip at Druids and Clearways, thus depended closely on rival Chris Gough’s fortunes. Aggravated at throwing his CGR2 into the gravel at Druids on the primary lap of Sunday’s opener, Gough jostled again from final to fifth and third within the races, in each of which the pissed off Bove positioned sixth. Ed Pither gained the primary, from battling Invoice Cowley, who led from seventh, and Mark Glover (Racekits Falcon).

When Pither retired from the curtain nearer, his PRS overheating, Cowley grabbed gold within the eponymous automotive originated by his grandad in 1968, from 10-time champ Mick Harris in spouse Sue’s Darvi.

Centaur drivers Martin Depper and Trefor Slatter claimed Historic 750 Method honours as Tim Sage (U2-Ford Mk4) threw away a win on the street with a jumped begin – which attracted a 10s penalty – then spun at Clearways in race two. Depper, sans third gear, apologised for rotating Graham Wilson (Time 3B) at Druids because the lead tussle within the latter intensified.

Bidding for a Sport Specials championship hat-trick, Andy Hiley shook off Paul Boyd and Clive Hudson (Eclipses) and title rival Anton Landon (Cyana) in Sunday’s opener. Hiley “dropped it” at Druids in race two however, regardless of “getting scraped on each side”, his Chronos was not mechanically wounded. Boyd and Hudson traded the lead however completed in that order, with Hiley closing and Brian Chandler fourth, hustling a brand new MEV alongside.

Martin West and Andrew Tait arrived equal on factors within the battle for Locost gold. Two super wins for West – the primary by 0.01s, following a wonderfully timed lunge previous Tait to the road, with David Martin, Greg Smith and Geoff Peek in tow – left their rating at 5 to a few, with two rounds remaining. Tom Parker, Peek and Martin separated West from Tait later.

Aaron Cooke (Toyota Roadster) Brands Hatch 2021

Aaron Cooke (Toyota Roadster) Manufacturers Hatch 2021

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Driving a substitute Rogue Roadster drafted in when his common automotive lacked efficiency in Friday testing, Toyota MR2 championship chief Aaron Cooke repassed the faster-starting Shaun Traynor in each bouts, then left him breathless. “Credit score the place it’s due, Aaron’s been phenomenal all weekend,” mentioned Traynor, who should now produce one thing particular for Oulton Park’s remaining arbiters. Cam Walton and Paul {Cook}, better of the two-litre Mk2 drivers, grabbed a 3rd apiece in frenetic chase packs.

Biggin Hill’s David Shead gained each Armed Forces Race Problem sorties in ‘Frankenstein’, his 3.2-litre M3-engined BMW Compact. The monster emitted a mighty bang, accompanied by an intense flash of white gentle, on the weekend’s first chequer. “It generally backfires when pleased with its win,” defined veteran Shead. Mark White (Honda Civic EP3) and the spectacular Jonathan Candler (Peugeot 306) claimed seconds within the races, which featured spirited fight amongst an fascinating miscellany of armament.

Twenty-five BMW E87s populated an entertaining 116 Trophy enduro and, regardless of gasoline valve points placing frontrunners Tim Crighton and Mark Burton, many of the pack accomplished the 90 minutes. Lewis Tindall and Alan Corfield beat James Redish by 18s, with Tom Sibley an identical distance behind on the lead lap.

Experiences by James Newbold, Steve Whitfield and Marcus Pye. Images by Jakob Ebrey Images/Motorsport Images and Gary Hawkins. Need extra studies from the world of nationwide motorsport? Subscribe today and by no means miss your weekly repair of motorsport with Autosport journal.

Clio 182 Championship, Brands Hatch 2021

Clio 182 Championship, Manufacturers Hatch 2021

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