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December 13, 2019

Ten years of GT3: Alex Buncombe, British GT, 2012

Ten years of GT3: Alex Buncombe, British GT, 2012
Photo Credit To Gary Parravani/ Xynamic

Although the title would end up going the way of the ultra-consistent Motorbase Porsche of Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti, the 2012 British GT season is best remembered for a dramatic photo-finish between Jann Mardenborough and Jonny Adam at Brands Hatch, precisely a year to the day after the Welshman was confirmed as the latest GT Academy winner. Watching on from pitlane, team-mate Alex Buncombe remembers the day the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 took a first competition victory by all of 0.022 seconds.

I started the race, Jann finished and it was really, really close! It was a great race for us and brilliant for Jann to get his first win, it all just built from there really. The car worked well on the Pirelli, but it didn’t really suit the Avon tyre, so the team had to work extremely hard to get the car up to speed. To come away from the win was great, a really good memory.

It was wet at the start and I was able to build up a good lead, but we were very unlucky as the Safety Car came out for an accident just before the pit window, so I didn’t have much time to build up as much of a lead for Jann. He got in the car, I think had about a five second lead and he was getting chased down by Adam in the Aston. It was really tense, in the end it was about a metre I think!

It’s difficult to say whether GT3 can get any bigger – as we know, the Blancpain GT Series is one of the best championships in the world right now, the depth of team and driver is so, so strong. I don’t know how many more cars you could get on this grid! This is a great series and GT3 is getting massive in America now too, but it would be nice to see some more in Australia, I think that’s one place it needs to grow a bit more.

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James Newbold

James Newbold is Racing.GT's Editor. He graduated from a politics degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, which should help him navigate through the political minefield that is GT racing. He likes Marmite on toast and Oreo cookies. Speaks Spanish, but only when no one is looking.