BAR­WELL DUO SNATCH A DOU­BLE

Keen and Min­shaw beat the odds to top GT standings. By Rob Lad­brook

Motor Sport News - - British Gt Snetterton -

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It was one win each for Phil House and Tom Witts in the VW Rac­ing Cup, but it was House that left Snet­ter­ton as the cham­pi­onship leader.

In race one House got the bet­ter of Den­nis Strand­berg at Og­gies on lap three be­fore eas­ing clear to vic­tory. Hav­ing fought his way past Paul Ivens for third, Si­mon Rudd was then ex­cluded on a tech­ni­cal­ity, which handed the fi­nal podium place to Rob Al­lum.

Witts started the sec­ond race from pole and held off a de­ter­mined Ke­nan Dole for the en­tire race. Ivens, Strand­berg and House made it a five-car lead bat­tle, with Strand­berg head­ing the chal­lenge to the lead pair, af­ter he and Al­lum both took Ivens at Agostini.

Al­lum spun at Wil­son Hair­pin on lap five and House came through to snatch a late third, as both he and Ivens ousted Strand­berg on the last lap.

Strand­berg had been a dou­ble win­ner the day be­fore in the VAG Tro­phy. He led the first race from the open­ing lap, while Darelle Wil­son’s pur­suit of Dole for sec­ond fi­nally paid div­i­dends on lap five. Ivens, Paul Tay­lor and Matthew Wil­son bat­tled over fourth, with Tay­lor fi­nally se­cur­ing it a lap from home.

Although Tay­lor led from the start of race two, he couldn’t shake off Darelle Wil­son, who had the lead from lap five. But Tay­lor proved de­ter­mined and was back in front on the last lap. Darelle Wil­son chal­lenged and tried to shoot down the in­side into Mur­rays but as Tay­lor went to turn in, there was con­tact. Third placed John Stevens was also de­layed, so hav­ing started the last lap fifth, Strand­berg had taken Ivens on the Bent­ley Straight and then darted ahead of lead­ers’ clash to se­cure a sur­prise win. Stevens re­cov­ered to take sec­ond from Ivens and the re­cov­er­ing Tay­lor, while Darelle Wil­son came in 10th and was ex­cluded.

Rob Keogh took two wins out of three in the Ginetta Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club+. Richard Evans led race one, which had the first two laps be­hind the safety car. Keogh at­tacked from the green and made the de­ci­sive move into Agostini on lap four, leav­ing Evans to fight off Shawn Flem­ing.

Cold tyres caught out Keogh in race two when he spun away an early lead into Nel­son on the sec­ond lap and col­lided with third placed Gary Wa­ger. Evans took charge but had Flem­ing in his wheel­tracks for a cou­ple of laps, be­fore the lat­ter took the lead around the out­side at Riches a lap from home, se­cur­ing a maiden vic­tory. Adrian Camp­bell-smith was a soli­tary third with Keogh re­cov­er­ing in fourth.

A great duel for sec­ond be­tween Evans and Jac Con­sta­ble al­lowed Keogh to take a race three win. But sec­ond was enough to give Evans the ti­tle, while Camp­bell-smith pipped Con­sta­ble for third on the last lap.

Phil In­gram took a dou­ble win in the Ginetta Driv­ers’ Club. Richard Ish­er­wood headed Jack Oliphant to com­plete the podium fin­ish­ers in the first race, but Oliphant spun a lap from home in race two as he chal­lenged Ish­er­wood for sec­ond again. Richard Tet­low grabbed third, but Oliphant man­aged to re­tain fourth.

Hav­ing shad­owed Pa­trick Sher­ring­ton’s MCR for 10 laps, Michael Gib­bins led the Sports 2000s from Agostini for a solid vic­tory, with Paul Tray­hurn’s Van Diemen third af­ter Tim Tu­dor broke his throt­tle ca­ble and David Houghton’s MCR ex­pired.

John­ston de­posed Mowle with a hand­ful of laps left, but couldn’t catch Min­shaw.

“We had no idea what hap­pened to TF, but it’s an awe­some re­sult,” said Keen. “We came in fully ex­pect­ing to lose the race, and I couldn’t be­lieve it when Jon re­joined in the lead! It’s been the per­fect week­end, but all we’ve done is keep things clean and been gifted two wins!”

Farmer com­pleted an­other strong week­end in the sec­ond TF As­ton in fourth as Parfitt and Morris sal­vaged a fifth place af­ter Morris started ninth in the lesser-boosted Bent­ley.

Fol­low­ing his run­ner-up spot in race one, Gunn made no mis­take this time in GT4 to help team-mate Bartholomew to a dom­i­nant vic­tory and keep Beechdean in the ti­tle picture.

Gunn put in a com­mand­ing open­ing stint to lead un­til hand­ing over to Bartholomew, who sim­ply stroked it home ahead of points-leader John­son. “It’s a great re­sult and one Jack needed for the cham­pi­onship so it feels re­ally good,” said Gunn.

Reed and Fos­ter over­turned a stop-go penalty for a pit er­ror to se­cure third af­ter su­perb stints from both driv­ers. The Ecurie Ecosse Mclaren lost time when Hag­gerty had to make an ex­tra pit stop to fix frontal dam­age but fin­ished fourth.

Keen (left) and Min­shaw won twice, al­beit with a lit­tle luck in each

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