Rough with the smooth for the Feathers AMR crew in GT Cup at Brands Hatch

Monday, May 03, 2021

This weekend also saw the second meeting of the GT Cup Championship from Brands Hatch on Saturday, this time featuring just two 50-minute pit stop punctuated races for its very impressive starting grid of 45 cars.

Like the Donington round before it, Brands Hatch was again being run from behind closed doors so once again, we all had to revert to their new live stream for our appreciation of the four Aston Martin Racing runners. 

The Ultimate Speed AMR Vantage GT3 of Matt Manderson and Mike Brown made their GT Cup 2021 debut this weekend (having raced with the series last year of course) with their new 2019 iteration of the Vantage GT3 platform that they will run periodically in both GT Cup and British GT. They joined season regulars from the Feathers Motorsport team for James Guess and Darren Turner as well as the Century Motorsport team for David Holloway and a returning Bradley Ellis (not sure what’s happened with Adam Hatfield) who both run the new 2019 Vantage GT4.

Interestingly, the shape of the #72 GTB Whitebridge Motorsport normally aspirated AMR entry has morphed in a new GTH Class AMR Vantage GT4 after Chris Murphy secured one of the former Appleby Engineering cars that have been on sale over the winter months.

Two, fifty-minute races were held on Saturday and both were interrupted by the Safety Car – thankfully only for marshal safety whilst the recovered stricken vehicles from around the track but interrupt the flow of the races they did none the less.

No joy for any AMR during race 1 with the #82 car collecting a puncture with all the GT4 cars finishing between P8-P12 in class. The #47 GT3 car finished P8 overall but against some fairly healthy GT3 opposition.

Race 2 was better however with the #82 Feathers AMR collecting another class podium in P2 but with the #15 Century car not too far behind in P4.

Next round of the Championship is at Snetterton in four weeks’ time.

Photo credits - GT Cup / Teams
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