British GT3 - 12 points cover top-five ahead of Donington race

British GT3 - 12 points cover top-five ahead of Donington race

06.07.2021: Intelligent Money British GT Championship Donington Park 10-11 July 2021 This year’s championship already has the makings of a classic after five evenly matched crews all scored heavily across the opening two weekends. Indeed, just 12 points co


Intelligent Money British GT Championship
Donington Park
10-11 July 2021




This year’s championship already has the makings of a classic after five evenly matched crews all scored heavily across the opening two weekends. Indeed, just 12 points covers the top-five, three of whom again serve Success Penalties this Sunday.


Early front runners Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind shrugged off their pitstop handicap at Silverstone to finish third on the road but second of the registered points scorers behind Barwell team-mates Adam Balon and Sandy Mitchell.


Consistency often trumps victories in British GT title battles, and the #63 Lamborghini has been a model of it thus far en route to a 4.5-point cushion over Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam who have an opportunity to strike back at Donington where their Beechdean AMR Aston Martin competes Success Penalty-free.


Likewise Round 1 winners Michael Igoe and Phil Keen whose Lamborghini was plagued by a mystery mechanical issue last time out. Nevertheless, six more hard-won points has at least kept them within striking distance of top spot ahead of Donington where Igoe and WPI Motorsport claimed their maiden GT3 victories last season.


RAM Racing also visited Donington’s top step last term, albeit in the longer three-hour format with Sam De Haan and Patrick Kujala, but the omens are still good for Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman who made it back-to-back fourth place finishes at Silverstone. The only fly in the ointment concerns their 10s Success Penalty for scoring third-place points, although that’s still five seconds fewer than Machitski/Lind who lead the best placed Mercedes-AMG by nine points.


The fifth element to this season’s early championship scrap concerns Balon and reigning champion Mitchell who swept around the outside of Lind on the final lap at Silverstone to finish second overall but bank the maximum 37.5 points.



Who knows if the 10.5-point swing will have long-term implications for this year’s title but, for now, it has served two important purposes: preventing #63 from opening a handy advantage, and re-establishing Balon/Mitchell as realistic contenders, despite their 20s Success Penalty this Sunday.


Behind, consistency has also been key to Team Parker Racing’s success. Nick Jones and Scott Malvern return to the scene of their maiden GT3 wins last season fresh from another solid run at Silverstone where the Porsche again finished sixth of the full-season entrants.


Balfe Motorsport’s Stewart and Lewis Proctor have also scored in both races and now lead the Silver-Am standings from fellow father/son duo Richard and Sam Neary (Team Abba Racing) who, without a gearbox issue, had the pace to claim an overall podium last time out.


Paddock Motorsport’s Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman were also on course for a top result before a driveshaft failure side-lined their Bentley in the final hour, while Enduro Motorsport’s Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton will be eager to build on their promising run at Silverstone.


Elsewhere, the race-by-race entries fielded by RAM Racing and G-Cat Racing in the opening two rounds were not scheduled to compete at Donington, while Simon Green Motorsport’s Lucky Khera has opted to defend his Ferrari Challenge UK championship lead at Snetterton. All are expected to return later in the year.
 


- Tom Hornsby, photo SRO

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