British GT4 at Snetterton - Recent Snett results favour McLaren

British GT4 at Snetterton - Recent Snett results favour McLaren

03.08.2021: GT4 is back to full strength this weekend thanks to the return of Fox Motorsportís McLaren and Ciceley Motorsportís Mercedes-AMG, neither of which could attend Spa where Balfe Motorsportís Jack Brown and Ashley Marshall claimed their maiden British GT win


GT4 is back to full strength this weekend thanks to the return of Fox Motorsport’s McLaren and Ciceley Motorsport’s Mercedes-AMG, neither of which could attend Spa where Balfe Motorsport’s Jack Brown and Ashley Marshall claimed their maiden British GT wins, as well as McLaren’s first of the season.



The latter’s pursuit of and pass on championship leader Will Burns was especially impressive, and even more so considering the McLaren sustained steering damage early in the race. But, just as in GT3, the maximum 10s Success Penalty will make it difficult for the same pairing to win back-to-back on Sunday. Still, McLaren has three more Silver crews and another Pro-Am up its sleeve at a venue where the 570S has won in every season since its 2016 debut.




Team Rocket RJN endured a tough outing at Spa but its three McLarens are ready to go again at a venue where Jordan Collard has won in each of the last two years. True, 2020’s GT4 runner-up has scored just one podium so far this season, but he and co-driver James Kell should be victory contenders this weekend given previous form and the Success Penalty situation.



Indeed, championship leaders Burns and Gus Burton have five seconds extra to contend with in Sunday’s first race after extending their advantage with third place at Spa. And that could initially tip the balance in favour of Century’s second BMW shared by Chris Salkeld and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke who start 34.5 points behind their team-mates but compete penalty-free at a circuit where the team and its M4 won in 2018.



Elsewhere, Matt Topham and Darren Turner have claimed podiums in each of their two outings together with Newbridge whose Aston Martin came within a track limits infringement of scoring its second win in three rounds at Spa. Like all Pro-Am crews, they are exempt from the additional 14s pitstop time served by Silver entries but will have seven seconds extra as a result of their exploits in Belgium.



It’s a similar story with Nick Halstead and Jamie Stanley who make their first appearance since finishing third at Donington. Thus, their five-second Success Penalty is carried over to this weekend instead.



Steller’s Audi had an unusually quiet run at Spa but tends to go well at Snetterton where Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding won together two years ago. The same combination now needs a big weekend if it’s to rein in Century’s BMWs.
Likewise Toyota Gazoo Racing UK and Assetto Motorsport whose undoubted pace remains largely unrewarded.



Expect both Scott McKenna and Charlie Robertson to be serious contenders for Race 2 pole along with fellow Pro-Am team leaders Turner, Stanley and Ciceley’s Jake Giddings.



Academy’s Mustang featuring Matt Cowley and Will Moore collected its first meaningful points of the season at Spa and isn’t restricted by a Success Penalty this weekend either, while McLaren’s DDP members Alain Valente/Michael Benyahia and Katie Milner/Harry Hayek have two more opportunities to build on the progress of recent rounds that almost resulted in a podium for the latter at Spa.
 



 
- Tom Hornsby - photo SRO

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