British GT4 - Advantage swings back Century's way ?

British GT4 - Advantage swings back Century's way ?

06.07.2021: Intelligent Money British GT Championship Donington Park 10-11 July 2021 Pro-Am crews largely ruled the roost at Silverstone thanks to Newbridge Motorsport and Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, but both are restricted by 20s and 10s Success Penalties, resp


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



Pro-Am crews largely ruled the roost at Silverstone thanks to Newbridge Motorsport and Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, but both are restricted by 20s and 10s Success Penalties, respectively, this weekend.


Instead, circumstances have conspired to give early championship leaders Gus Burton and Will Burns another shot at extending their current 13.5-point advantage. Century’s #57 BMW couldn’t overcome the maximum handicap at Silverstone but fourth place did at least guarantee a Success Penalty-free afternoon this Sunday.


The same can’t be said for Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding who marked themselves out as title contenders by finishing second. However, with that comes a 15s handicap on top of the additional 26s served by all Silver Cup entries, including Burton and Burns. At least Steller Motorsport’s crew can take comfort from their previous GT4 outing at Donington where they and their Audi won in 2019.


Century’s other M4 is three points further back and, just like the sister car, competes without a Success Penalty. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke’s fine late race overtaking manoeuvre helped the car he shares with Chris Salkeld finish sixth at Silverstone – a result that has kept them marginally ahead of Assetto Motorsport’s Mark Sansom and Charlie Robertson atop the Pro-Am standings.


But it’s another Pro-Am entry that stole the show at Silverstone where Matt Topham and Darren Turner won on debut together to vault Newbridge’s Aston Martin into championship contention. The full 20s Success Penalty makes consecutive wins very difficult this weekend, while Turner’s Goodwood Festival of Speed commitments with AMR see Topham joined by experienced racer and Caterham driver coach, Darren Burke.


The Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota also demonstrated its potential by finishing third overall in the hands of John Ferguson and Scott McKenna. They, like Newbridge, must now overcome a handicap on Sunday, which leaves Assetto’s Sansom and Robertson as the most likely duo to challenge Century’s BMWs. A penalty limited their Ginetta to fifth place at Silverstone but there’s no doubting the crew’s potential after their performance on debut at Brands.


Donington might also be the ideal location for one of McLaren’s five contenders to notch up a first victory of the year after the 570S won twice there in 2020. The latter of those two successes featured Jordan Collard who, along with co-driver James Kell, is the best placed of Team Rocket RJN’s three entries in sixth overall.


Elsewhere, Academy and Matt Cowley came within 1.2s of overturning the maximum 20s Success Penalty at Donington last season, while the Mustang previously won on its debut there in 2019. Thus the same combination plus Will Moore shouldn’t be discounted this Sunday despite scoring just nine points so far in 2021.
 


- Tom Hornsby, photo SRO

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