This weekend sees the British GT championship roar back into action, this time at Snetterton in Norfolk. This weekend will feature two one hour races on Sunday. The circuit consists of thirteen turns and is 2.969 miles long. Last year it was Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn who claimed the GT4 title at the Norfolk based circuit. last season was the first time the GT4 title had been settled at Snetterton. The weekend will see Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston will be attempting to reassert their dominance in the GT3 title fight. It features three teams fighting to take the title with just ten and a half points between the three. There is fifty of the remaining eighty-seven and a half points available at Snetterton, there is still a chance that other contenders could come to light at the Norfolk circuit.
There are ten teams who are currently still within a shout of taking the drivers’ title mathematically. The most likely teams to take the title are; TF Sport’s Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam in their Aston Martin, Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen in a Lamborghini Huracan and Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris in the Bentley Continental. There is just ten and a half points covering the top three teams after Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris made the most of the weekend at Spa where they finished in second place whilst their rivals failed around the Belgian circuit. this also means Morris and Parfitt Jnr will have to serve a seven second success penalty at Snetterton in race one of the weekend. if they lost any points in the opening race there is no doubt they are capable of making them up in race two.
The championship leading Aston Martin in the hands of Adam and Johnston will be looking to have some good luck on their side and be hoping to secure a strong result. Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw have been quietly consistent during the season so far after failing to finish the opening round. They are just eight and a half points behind Adam and Johnston.
Liam Griffin won at Snetterton last season which put him into the title fight at the last round of the season. He will need to have a similar performance around the Norfolk circuit if he is to close down the twenty-four-and-a-half-point gap between him and first place. TF Sport’s sister Aston Martin in the hands of Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer sits fifth in the championship, just two points behind Griffin. Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne are a pairing not be ruled out of the weekend as they are just thirty-five points off of the leading drivers in the championship. If the two can have a strong weekend, featuring their maiden GT3 win this season, the two could head to Donington in the lead of the championship with it all to fight for.
This weekend will also see Ultimate Speed’s Mike Brown joined by Matt Manderson for the first time after the latter is returning for his second outing of the year after competing at the Silverstone round of the championship. Tolman Motorsport’s Ginetta with Luke Davenport and David Pattison is returning to the grid after missing Spa.
The GT3 class lap record around Snetterton is held by Jonny Adam from last year when he competed in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage with a lap time of 1:50.398.
The timetable for the British GTs for this weekend is as follows:
09:25 – 10:25 – Free Practice One
12:15 – 13:05 – Free Practice Two
16:10 – 16:20 – Qualifying GT3 AM
16:24 – 16:34 – Qualifying GT3 Pro
16:38 – 16:48 – Qualifying GT4 AM
16:53 – 17:03 – Qualifying GT4 Pro
09:30 – 09:40 – Warm Up
11:50 – 12:50 – Race One
16:05 – 17:05 – Race Two
The drivers with pit stop success penalties are:
10 seconds – Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer
7 seconds – Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris.
©Fay Tilley 5th August 2016.