The Beechdean Aston Martin of Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard secured their first victory of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch today. Having led for the majority of the opening half of the two-hour race, Howard handed the Vantage to Adam, who fended off an attack by the Von Ryan McLaren as it exited pit lane. Once clear of MP4-12C piloted by Duncan Tappy, Adam established a lead that went as high as 18 seconds. Clear of an intense battle for second position between three cars, Adam was able to cruise to the finish line to take the chequered flag.
In a valiant defence of their second position, Tappy held off sustained attacks for more than an hour from Ecurrie Ecosse’s Oli Bryant and 888Optimum’s Dan Brown. After taking over the helm from Greg Demoustier after 50 minutes, Tappy was forced to fend off the pair of BMW until he crossed the finish line just a with a few tenths advantage.
The Bryant and Attard Z4 had dropped to fourth in the second half of the race, when Brown found a way past at Surtees corner. But with a quarter of the race remaining, Bryant capitalised on a mistake by Brown at the Graham Hill turn, to move back into a podium finish, which he held until the finish line.
Just a few tenths behind the Steve Tandy and Brown BMW was the Fortec Mercedes of Benji Hetherington and Jason Minshaw, who cut a five-second defecit, to be in podium contention by the end.
In GT4, the Ryan Ratliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr Optimum Ginetta secured a comfortable class victory, 18 seconds clear of the APO Sport G50 of Alex Osborne and James May. It was a close call for the No.69 car though, which limped over the line, out of fuel, to take the runners-up spot. Third was the Redgate Lifetime Racing Ginetta of Matt Smith and Dan Eagling, which finished a lap down on the GT4 winners.