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GT Cup and Brands Hatch sees Abba Racing and Balfe Motorsport take equal honours

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Rounds 5 and 6 saw the GT Cup Championship moving to the GP circuit of Brands Hatch for what was a massive grid of 46 entries and the biggest grid so far for the GT Cup. Half of the field was seen to comprise of GT3 and GTH cars. In addition, a raft of British GT teams were seen to be getting some valuable track time prior to their season start later this month at Brands Hatch. Sadly, this was another spectator free event due to Covid restrictions.

Qualifying was split into three sessions, with three groups in each session. The first session saw the GT3 cars taking control with the #88 Mercedes AMG GT3 of Richard Neary and Sam Neary of Abba Racing taking pole position. The #18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 as driven by Michael Igoe and Phil Keen of WPI Motorsport was about a second behind and thus taking the next spot on the grid. Both of the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3’s covered the second row of the grid.

Race 1

Race one (Round 5) looked as though it would be a straight forward win for the #88 Abba Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 as they were the early leaders, that is until they made the costly mistake of pitting before the official pit window was opened. Thanks to this, they eventually end up finishing in 10th place.  Early into the race the #18, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of WPI Motorsport was hit with brake problems and after only completing seven laps, they remained in the pits for the remainder of the race. This would now place them at the back of the grid for race 2. The front runners were now headed by the two Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3’s, with Leo Machitski leading the pair of whom after finishing the race in 3rd place was disqualified from the race meeting for a causing a collision. The first place was now hotly contended between Lewis Proctor in his Mclaren 750s GT3 and Phil Quaife in his Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Both received a 5-second penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag but it was Lewis Procter that managed to steer the #36 Balfe Motorsport to the first victory of the day.

Hot on the back of his two wins at Silverstone last weekend in the Britcar Endurance saw the GTO class win go to John Seale in his Lamborghini Huracan GT3, this week however he is back sharing the seat with Abbie Eaton.

The overall group winners were

GT3 #36 Balfe Motorsport

GTO #55 JMH Automotive Ltd

GTC #9 Topcats Racing

GTB #38 Geoff Steel Racing

GTA #80 Scott Sport

GTH #1 Orange / JMH Automotive Ltd

Race 2

Race two (Round 6) saw the front row grid car of the Abba Racing Mercedes make an easy win and an amends to their first race with a nearly 30 second lead over the second place car of Adam Balon and his Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Third place went to Michael Igoe and the WPI Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in what was an amazing display of overtaking to find the car move through the field from the start position of 44th.

 

The overall group winners were

GT3 #88 – Team Abba Racing

GTO #5 – CTR Developments

GTC #96 – Stanbridge Motorsport

GTB #34 – Team Hard Racing

GTA #106 – Century Motorsport

GTH #1 – Orange / JMH Automotive Ltd

 

The next round will be at Snetterton on the 5th and 6th June 2021

 

Image is from GT Cup

 

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