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November 23, 2017

Patterson and Bell Take Donington Win, Whilst Howard Claims Title

Patterson and Bell Take Donington Win, Whilst Howard Claims Title

In a topsy-turvy two hour race at Donington, Matt Bell and Mark Patterson brought their United Autosports Audi to the chequered flag for their first win of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship Season. At one point, Bell’s spot in the lead meant the pair were in a position to take the 2013 title, but mechanical failure for Joe Osborne promoted Johnny Adam into fourth place, which was enough for his team-mate, Andrew Howard, to claim the Championship crown.

Despite a drive through penalty mid-way through the race, Gary Eastwood and Rob Barff were able to maintain their early second position and carry it to the finish line. Their FF Corse Ferrari 458 finishing just a handful of seconds behind the winning R8 LMS. Picking up the award for driver of the day was Trackspeed’s Richard Westbrook. Following a spin for co-driver Gregor Fisken, Westbrook took over the helm in ninth position. With the bit between his teeth, he charged through the field to score a podium for the ‘Tartan Terror’ 997GT3.

Finishing in fifth position was Oli Bryant and Marco Attard in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to get past the Beechdean Aston Martin of Adam and Howard, which would have earned them the Championship.

In GT4, Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr secured the class Championship with a third place finish in their Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50. They were beaten to the line by Century Motorsports’ Nathan Freke and Declan Jones, and AMR’s Harry Whale and Richie Stanaway, who marked an impressive debut with a second place finish.

 

Full report to follow.

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