Back from the British GT Silverstone 500

After wet Friday and Saturday sessions, it was great that come race day there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight. While some teams and even photographers might like a little rain, I prefer it dry myself.

That’s enough about the weather…

What a race, action from start to finish, from the first lap to the last.
Saying that Ram Racing won the Silverstone 500 by 36s might suggest it was a run-away victory for them, with little competition. Far from it. They only took the lead in the last couple of laps when they and the TF Sport Aston which was leading at the time, they came up to lap a GT4 Mustang, Aston one side, AMG the other. Ram’s AMG Merc made it past clear but TF’s Aston had the slightest touch and spun out, ending their race at the end of Chapel. A tough end for TF’s No47 car of Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson but TF’s sister GT3 with Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim profited and finished 2nd.
Finishing 3rd on the road was the Bentley from JRM, with Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr having a good race, battling through the traffic from 11th on the grid. Post-race didn’t go so well for them as during parc ferme, the stewards found the Bentley to be underweight without fuel. Unfortunately the JRM Bentley was subsequently disqualified but an appeal has been made. After the DQ of car No31, the Lamborghini of WPI Motorsport was promoted into 3rd place, a maiden British GT podium for the WPI pairing of Dennis Lind and Michael Igoe.
It wasn’t a great day for Barwell, after breaking one of the first rules of motorsport in the opening lap, both cars were compromised from then on. Adam Balon (champ leader) made contact with the back of the sister Huracan with Sam De Haan at the wheel. Sam had to pit for repairs while Adam got a 10sec stop and go penalty, which on top of their pit-stop penalty carried over from Snetterton, held them back only managing 7th on the day, with Jonny Cocker and Sam De Haan following behind in 8th.
The stranded TF Sport Aston of Davidson and Adam was given 9th place, with JHM’s Lamborghini finishing 10th.
After previous technical issues have denied the Team Parker duo of Nick Jones and Scott Malvern their first British GT victory, no such bad luck at the Silverstone 500. The pair took their Mercedes AMG to victory at the series’ headline round.
While TF Sport had mixed luck in GT3, it wasn’t all great news in GT4 either with the No95 Aston having to take three stop-go penalties due to pit-stop infringements. All was not lost though as the pace of Josh Price did find him worthy of the Sunoco Fastest Lap Trophy.
Troubles for Tolman and TF Sport should have played into the hands of the Mustang pairing of Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell, the Multimatic pair were up there in the top six and the best silver pairing come the chequered flag. However, due to pit-stop infringements, the Multimatic Mustang was handed a 30 second penalty dropping them to 5th.
Tom Canning and Ash Hand managed to bring the TF Sport Aston home in forth, a good effort considering their 15sec pit-stop success penalty from Snetterton. Another Aston from Optimum Motorsport with the pairing of Patrick Mattiesen and Mike Robinson finished in 6th, behind the demoted Mustang.
The top 8 was completed by the BMW from Century Motorsport with Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Angus Fender, followed by Will Moore and Alex Toth-Jones in yet another Aston Martin. Rounding out the top 10 was the Fox Motorsport Mercedes AMG in 9th with Mark Murfitt and Michael Broadhurst, who swapped places with the No57 McLaren from HHC who finished tenth post-race after an investigation into a flag infringement.
Next stop, Donington Park the weekend of June 22nd/23rd.
Chris and Natalie Lazenby