Alex Reed and Joey Foster claimed their maiden win for Lanan Racing in the British GT GT4 class at Spa. They displayed a flawless performance during the race and inherited the lead after Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse’s McLaren 570S stopped on circuit just prior to the pit stop window which allowed the Ginetta team to pass and take the lead. They claimed their victory with a 4.3 second gap over PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport’s Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s Ginetta G55. Third place went to Jack Mitchell and Matty Graham for Generation AMR Macmillan Racing.
Lanan Racing were left celebrating their maiden win since entering the series at the start of this year at Brands Hatch. The enormous forty-two car entry of British GT GT4 cars and GT4 European Series cars meant that the track would be busy and the race could be anyone’s. Foster and Reed were unchallenged for the win after the McLaren retired. Reed maintained his starting position of second throughout the first hour of the race, although he was never able to challenge Sandy Mitchell. Reed pitted to hand the car over to Joey Foster, the duo had a twenty second advantage over the chasing Ginetta of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson. The two had lined up fourth on the grid before passing Anna Walewska pretty early into the race. Neither Reed and Foster and Robinson and Johnson did not have any time penalties to serve during the pit stops. Foster and Robinson left the pit lanes with roughly the same gap Reed and Johnson had entered the pits with. Robinson was able to halve the gap to Foster during the second hour of the race.
Jack Mitchell and Matty Graham had a consistent and trouble free race which earnt them their second podium of the season so far after starting in sixth. He focused on tyre preservation during the first half of his stint. This helped his co-driver Graham to be able to emerge from the pit lane in third place. Ebor GT’s Marcus Hoggarth and Abbie Eaton were twenty seconds further back in fourth place after they started the race down in seventh. RCIB Insurance Racing’s William Phillips and Jordan Stilp brought their Ginetta G55 home in fifth ahead of the sister Ginetta in the hands of Rob Barrable and Aaron Mason in sixth.
Century Motorsport’s Anna Walewska and Nathan Freke brought their Ginetta home in seventh on the road but under regulations were given a thirty second penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. Although they received a penalty they still remained seventh as championship leaders Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert finished in eighth. The sister Century Motorsport entry in the hands of Sean Byrne and Aleksander Schjerpen finished the race in ninth ahead of Team Parker’s Nick Jones and Scott Malvern in their Porsche Cayman.
Sandy Mitchell set the Sunoco Fastest Lap of the race, the time he set was a 2:34.552 which also set the new lap record for the British GT GT4 class around Spa. Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson return to the lead of the championship standings on 114.5 points, now 17.5 points clear of Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert.
©Fay Tilley 10th July 2016.