British GT4 - Multimatic march on

British GT4 - Multimatic march on

30.07.2019: Itís a similar story in GT4 where Multimatic Motorsportsí Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell must win to have a chance of wrapping up the Driversí crown with a race to spare, something that ha

It’s a similar story in GT4 where Multimatic Motorsports’ Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell must win to have a chance of wrapping up the Drivers’ crown with a race to spare, something that hasn’t been achieved since 2015.



The duo have mastered maximising results from races where Success Penalties slowed their progress. Take Spa, for example, where the Mustang finished sixth despite serving the 20s handicap incurred for winning at Donington as well as an additional Silver Cup time. But while the latter remains in place this weekend, Priaulx and Maxwell will be fighting for their third victory of the season Success Penalty-free.



The opposite is true for Tom Canning and Ash Hand who bounced back into title contention by winning at Spa. TF Sport’s #97 Aston Martin has racked up 93 of its 95 points in the last four races but is about to be hamstrung by the same Success Penalty that restricted Priaulx/Maxwell last time out. Should the Mustang win, Canning/Hand will have to finish no lower than seventh in order to prolong their title challenge.



2.5 points ahead of them are Jordan Collard and Lewis Proctor whose second place at Spa helped them close to within five points of the championship leaders. That result was particularly impressive given their previous 10s Success Penalty, which increases by five this weekend. Overcoming that in the event of a Priaulx/Maxwell victory is key to preventing the title being decided early. Indeed, Tolman’s #5 McLaren would need to finish eighth or higher to remain in contention.



A non-score has dropped HHC Motorsport’s Callum Pointon and Dean Macdonald 20.5s points adrift of the leaders, while Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman remain the only pairing to have scored points in all seven races so far. Both need big results at Brands if they’re to play more than a supporting role at Donington in September. Victory for the #15 Mustang would automatically rule out Beechdean AMR’s Aston Martin, while Pointon and Macdonald – who set fastest lap at Spa – would have to finish third at worst.



But GT4’s victory contenders aren’t just confined to its championship protagonists. Six different winners from seven races prove that.


Tolman’s other McLaren came within a lap and one corner of winning at Spa where Josh Smith and James Dorlin led much of the race. Another 570S, HHC’s #58 example, has also been fast this year without scoring a breakout victory. That stat could change this weekend when 2017 British F4 champion Jamie Caroline joins Ruben Del Sarte.



Patrick Kibble and Josh Price complete the list of crews restricted by Success Penalties after TF Sport’s #95 Aston Martin also featured on Spa’s podium. However, its 10s handicap shouldn’t be considered insurmountable: Century’s BMW overcame a 15s penalty to finish second at Brands Hatch last year.


Two-thirds of the team and drivers that won at Brands 12 months ago, Balfe Motorsport and Graham Johnson, are now just half-a-point behind Fletcher and Plowman in the Pro/Am standings. Johnson and his co-driver Michael O’Brien have a habit of scoring good results from lowly grid slots but are yet to win a GT4 race outright this year. Perhaps that will change at Brands Hatch.



Meanwhile, reigning Pro/Am champions Nick Jones and Scott Malvern are currently fourth in the class standings behind Matthew George. However, they’re also just 30 points adrift of Fletcher and Plowman who would need to win and hope other results go their way in order to secure the Pro/Am crown with a round to spare.



Elsewhere, Chris Car returns to partner Dino Zamparelli in GT Marques’ Porsche, while motoring journalist Richard Meaden joins Jack Roush Jnr in Multimatic’s second Mustang which has a five-second pitstop penalty for making a complete driver change.






- Benjamin Franassovici, photo SRO

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