BRI­TISH GTS HEAD TO DONINGTON PARK

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The Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship heads to Donington Park on Septem­ber 10/11 for its tra­di­tional ti­tle show­down. And this sea­son has even more to of­fer given that both GT3 and GT4 class cham­pi­onships will be on the line.

A rare dou­ble vic­tory on the same week­end at Snet­ter­ton last time out couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time for Bar­well Motorsport’s Jon Min­shaw and Phil Keen who now head the GT3 stand­ings by 11.5 points from Derek John­ston and Jonny Adam.

How­ever, John­ston won his maiden Bri­tish GT race at Donington 12 months ago and re­gards it as one of his favourite cir­cuits, while the for­mer GP venue also wit­nessed co-driver Adam’s un­likely ti­tle tri­umph last sea­son.

At its most ba­sic, vic­tory for the pair, along with Min­shaw and Keen fin­ish­ing third, would be enough to hand TF Sport’s driv­ers the cham­pi­onship.

Team Parker Rac­ing’s Rick Parfitt Jr and Seb Mor­ris face a far tougher chal­lenge. 27 points be­hind, they have no choice but to win and hope Min­shaw/keen fin­ish no higher than sev­enth with John­ston/adam fourth at best. Their trump card could be suc­cess penal­ties: their ri­vals must re­main sta­tion­ary for 20 and 15 sec­onds longer dur­ing the manda­tory pit-stop for win­ning and fin­ish­ing sec­ond at Snet­ter­ton, while the Bent­ley’s fifth place means it will have a hand­i­cap-free run.

For­tu­nately, GT4 is far sim­pler in terms of the math­e­mat­ics: with just 2.5 points sep­a­rat­ing Op­ti­mum Motorsport’s Gra­ham John­son and Mike Robin­son from Beechdean AMR’S Jack Bartholomew, this year’s ti­tle will be de­cided by who­ever fin­ishes ahead in the top­nine at Donington.

Bartholomew un­doubt­edly car­ries the mo­men­tum fol­low­ing his first and sec­ond places at Snet­ter­ton. As­ton Martin also won the GT4 class at Donington last sea­son. How­ever, as in GT3, suc­cess penal­ties could be cru­cial given that the V8 Van­tage will spend five sec­onds longer in the pits.

Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able to buy via the Donington Park web­site www.donington-park.co.uk

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