So close yet so far in GT4 for both Newbridge and R-Racing after another eventful #Doningtondecider

Sunday, October 16, 2022


Firstly, congratulations to the #42 Stellar Motorsport Audi team and drivers Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding for today securing both the Silver Cup and overall GT4 Drivers Championship at this weekend’s final round of the British GT Championship from Donington Park.

Having been somewhat dominant throughout yesterday’s Free Practice and starting ahead of each of the #27 Newbridge Motorsport and #23 R-Racing Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 of Matt Topham/Darren Turner and Jamie Day/Josh Miller respectively, the #42 crew ran a course that took them to the top by finishing ahead of both the Aston Martin earlier today to secure the overall crown by just 5.5 points from the #27 crew.

Having faltered somewhat during Qualifying, the #27 team quickly highlighted a problem within a replacement component fitted within the cars drivetrain, that restored the car to a more expected pace around the Donington Park circuit but neither Aston could match that of the Audi and nor that of the race winning Toyota ahead of that.

Whereas the Championship chances of the #23 R-Racing car was always an outside chance being over twenty points behind the then championship leaders of Topham and Turner, the events of today will appear that the #27 chances of claiming the overall GT4 title were lost because of a drive through penalty given to them after their pitstop for failings under the first Safety Car restart procedure – a time penalty on track that effectively lost them more than their eventual gap to the #42 car ahead. 

Whilst that was obviously bitter luck, they can at least take some solace from them successfully defending their GT4 Pro-Am Class Championship and by their finishing second in both the GT4 Drivers Championship and GT4 Teams Championship.

With that, the R-Racing team have also been confirmed as runners up within the GT4 Silver Cup Class and third placed within the GT4 Teams Championship in what was their first excursion into the GT4 arena with the youngest race winning driver line up on record.

It has been another highly entertaining and eventful British GT season where we again had the need for another of their infamous #Doningtondeciders which was further rounded off in style with a Silver-Am Class win for the returning Beechdean AMR Vantage GT3 of Andrew Howard and Lewis Proctor. 

Whilst we have heard some things mentioned by some about possible plans for 2023, it will only be right and proper to let them announce them – as and when appropriate.
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