British GT finale at Donington this weekend

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Eight races spread over five months and for the umpteenth year running the last race of the British GT Championship at Donington will be needed to decide both the GT3 and GT4 driver and Team Championships.

In GT3 we have TF Sport, home to the #17 car of potential driver champions Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston. TF Sport lead the team championship by 14.5 points from Barwell Motorsport with their Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen but in the GT3 Drivers Championship it is Minshaw/Keen who lead Adam/Johnston by 11.5 points mainly thanks to their back to back wins last time out at Snetterton.

It is the same story of Minshaw/Keen leading Adam/Jonston in the GT3 Pro Am Championship and with again Minshaw leading Johnston the British Gentlemans Trophy as well!!!

Complicated ……….!

The only driver line up change in the GT3 field affecting an Aston Martin team will be that Ross Gunn's seat alongside team boss Andrew Howard in the #1 Beechdean will be occupied by former Motorbase AMR driver Rory Butcher. This race is also scheduled to be Howard's last event in the series (again! 😉) having moved up to the European Le Mans Series.

PFL Motorsport have already announced that Peter Littler and Jody Fannin will not be competing at the finale having suffered repeated problems at the Snetterton meeting following the cars rebuild after their bizarre paddock accident at Silverstone back in June so its a disappointing end to their first season.

Across into the GT4 Championships we will find the Beechdean #407 of Jack Bartholomew still in contention for the outright championship win against the Ginetta pairing of Graham Johnson an Mike Robinson. With his near season long team mate having stepped down after Silverstone his seat will again be used by 2105 GT4 Champion Ross Gunn to help push the #408 towards victory just like he did at Snetterton.

Bartholomew needs to make up a 2.5 point differential to the Ginetta drivers to claim his first and a  third successive GT4 Drivers Championship for the Beechdean team. Beechdean's quest for the GT4 Team championship will however require a more sizeable 13 point recovery!

From this it is obvious that the two hour race on Sunday will virtually be a 'winner takes all event' which, although great for the spectator and the series can be the most cruel of events for those who loose out!

The race will be televised live in the UK on MotorsTV with the race starting at 13:00Hrs

From us at The-Advantage the 2016 British GT Championship has been another awesome one with some terrific racing and sportsmanship - may the best team/driver win on the day and hence the championship - but lets just hope they're in an Aston!!

Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey

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