In the second Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Zandvoort, Nick Tandy and David Ashburn secured a flag to flag victory in the Trackspeed Porsche. Starting from pole position, Tandy immediately broke away from the field and carved out a substantial margin. So much so that by the time he’d finished his 35 minute stint, the No.31 Trackspeed 997GT3 had a lead of 18 seconds.
With Ashburn now behind the wheel, the former British GT Champion maintained a healthy pace to remain out front by a margin that fluctuated around 16 seconds. Unchallenged, he then went on to take the chequered flag, comfortably ahead of the FF Corse Ferrari.
Second place went to Rob Barff and Gary Eastwood, who put on an accomplished display to earn them their second podium finish of the weekend. Starting with Barff on the front-row, he was immediately passed by Phil Keen’s Trackspeed Porsche at Turn One, but throughout the opening 15 minutes, the Englishman remained on the 997’s gearbox. Once traffic came into play, Barff pounced and moved back into second place and then established a gap of two-seconds. Once Eastwood was behind the wheel, the gap was increased, as Jon Minshaw, who’d taken over from Keen spun on cold tyres.
Whilst Eastwood went on to cruise to the finish line, Minshaw set about regaining the podium spot, a task he achieved with 19 minutes of the race remaining with a pass on Lee Mowle’s 888Optimum BMW. As Minshaw broke away to take third by the end of the race, an intense battle for fourth was developing. Pushing his Avon Tyres to their limits, Mowle saw his potential fourth place evaporate as the likes of Andrew Howard’s Beechdean Aston Martin, Joan Dhillon’s AF Corse Ferrari and Marco Attard’s Ecurie Ecosse BMW, all found their way past. For Howard and Jonny Adam, the fourth place finish was a huge boost to their championship campaign, whilst Dhillon and Aaron Scott claimed their first top-five placing of the season.
Taking eighth place was the John Gaw and Phil Dryburgh PGF Kinfaun Aston Martin, that beat yesterday’s winners, the Michael Caine and Almad Al Harthy Oman Air Porsche, to the line by five-seconds. Although Benji Hetherington had an opening lap tangle with Trackspeed’s Stephen Jelley, he was able to hand the Fortec Mercedes SLS to Jason Minshaw in tact. This set up a tenth place finish for the pairing, although the incident with the Porsche is still under review as we go to press, so the result could change.
In GT4, Nathan Freke and Declan Jones took the class honours, in the Century Motorsport Ginetta. They were nearly 30 seconds clear of the Blendini – Triple R G50 of David Barker and Rory Bryant, who finished a lap ahead of Redgate Lifetime’s Matt Smith and Dan Eagling.