Motor Sport News - - British Gt Report - Peter Scherer

Ol­lie Chad­wick was able to build on his lead in the Ginetta GT5 Chal­lenge, with two wins out of three.

Start­ing from pole for the first race, Chad­wick and Jonny Had­field soon pulled clear as Ryan Had­field, Matt Palmer and Matt Chap­man dis­puted third. Chap­man fi­nally claimed the place from lap six, with Ryan Had­field and Jack Min­shaw nose to tail in fourth leav­ing Palmer to com­plete the top six.

With three cars off at Old Hall on the first lap of race two, the safety car was called into ac­tion and stayed out for the du­ra­tion. Chad­wick had done enough on the one rac­ing lap to take his sec­ond win, from Ryan and Jonny Had­field, as Matts Chap­man, Palmer and Flow­ers round­ing off the top six.

Matt Chap­man took his first win in the fi­nale, af­ter eas­ing past Ian Robin­son into Old Hall on lap two. “The cars be­hind me were fight­ing and helped me pull away, fan­tas­tic,” he said. Jonny Had­field worked through the re­verse grid to se­cure sec­ond early on, with Chad­wick clos­ing in from third as they took the flag. Ryan Had­field, Robin­son and Palmer com­pleted the top six.

Kevin Bird and Charles Hy­deAn­drews-bird com­fort­ably won the In­ter­mar­que/as­ton Martin GT Chal­lenge in their BMW M3 GT4, hav­ing taken charge dur­ing the sec­ond half to head home Tom Black’s As­ton Martin GT4.

The TVR Grif­fith of Peter and Nathan Dod in­flicted a de­feat on Mark Hal­stead/stu­art Mcpher­son’s Lo­tus Elan in the Innes Ire­land Cup/50s Sports Cars, both over a minute up in third placed Paul Wool­ley’s Cooper.

Joe Spencer took his Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki to a third win­ning dou­ble in the North­ern Saloons & Sports. Paul Bry­don’s BMW M3 led the pur­suit in both races, los­ing out to An­drew Mor­ri­son’s SEAT Leon on lap six in the first race, but suc­cess­fully keep­ing his ri­val at bay at the sec­ond time of ask­ing, fol­low­ing a mul­ti­ple start-line shunt.

Tom Witts took his first VW Rac­ing Cup win in the first of the week­end’s triple header. Phil House’s Scirocco led from pole but Witts’ Golf was along­side into Old Hall af­ter a cou­ple of early swaps. Witts hit the front again on the sec­ond lap and sur­vived a two-lap safety car in­ter­lude to win, but af­ter House lost sec­ond to Rudd, he be­gan to lose ground be­fore a hub failed and he went off at Lodge. Bobby Thomp­son came through to com­plete the podium, from Ke­nan Dole, Jack Walker-tully and Paul Ivens.

Walker-tully started from pole in race two and ini­tially led a five-car lead train. Witts fi­nally got by into Knicker­brook on lap six to se­cure his sec­ond win, as the erst­while leader went wide and fell well back.

Dole kept the pres­sure on from a clos­ing sec­ond, with Bobby Thomp­son, Rudd, House and Ivens round­ing off the top six.

Witts made a good start in race three but House was soon push­ing for the lead as Kieran Gor­don looked on. House got through on the in­side of Lodge to lead from lap three and hav­ing had his lead wiped out by the safety car, eased clear again from the green flag.

Witts held off Gor­don to re­tain sec­ond, with Bobby and Cameron Thomp­son and Da­mani Mar­cano the top six af­ter Dole spun out at Cas­cades.

Alaric Gor­don’s Car­bir won the Sports 2000 En­duro, hav­ing hauled in the fast start­ing MCR of Michael Gib­bins be­fore half dis­tance.

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