Tom Chilton made a welcome return to the BTCC grid at Brands Hatch this weekend as he combines his WTCC commitments with a full British Touring Car calendar. 2017 will be Tom’s busiest yet, competing in over 50 races.
George Gamble leaves Brands Hatch at the head of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup points table after picking up a pair of wins in his Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer-backed car at Brands Hatch this weekend. Fellow GT5 Challenge graduate Jack Minshaw leads the Am standings with a hat-trick of podiums.
In qualifying, Gamble set the bar from the outset. A 47.198s qualifying lap around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit was enough to earn him pole position for the opening race of the year. In what was an exceptionally close session, the main protagonists included Boardley, who lined up alongside Gamble on the front row for the first race with a deficit of just 0.127s. Lining up behind were Mitchell and Green, who managed to fend off the advances of Pointon and Jones.
In the AM class, Tilley claimed pole position with a 48.427s lap, having lined up in the prime spot for the opening round last year also. Behind him were the three Xentek Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge graduates Minshaw, Constable and Taylor.
As racing got underway, Gamble held firm at the head of the field where he remained unchallenged to take a lights-to-flag victory by 2.843s at the end. Behind though, there was plenty to watch as Green leapt from fourth to second off the line. Try as he might throughout the 16 lap opener, Boardley could not find a route around the 19 year old and was forced to settle for third rather than risking losing position to Mitchell, who was latched onto his rear wing. Pointon rounded out the top five, with Junior graduate Perez finishing in sixth after doing a sterling job of keeping Hibbert, Jones and Somerfield behind.
In the AM class, it was soon ‘business as usual’ as twice champion Colin White took the race lead. It wasn’t an easy win though, as new boys Minshaw and Constable stuck with him throughout the session and completed the podium as a result.
The heavens had opened before the second race of the day, setting the stage for a great battle. Sadly for Green, problems during the green flag lap meant his Century Motorsport car had to be pushed off the grid prior to the race start. This left the door wide open for Mitchell in fourth, who swept into second as the action got underway with Pointon moving into third.
Although Gamble led off the line, a handful of nibbles from Mitchell behind ended up with the leader finding himself in a spin coming out of Graham Hill Bend, dropping him to the very back of the pack. Although the Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer livered car powered up through the pack, it was only enough to secure 10th overall at the flag.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Robin Mulhauser will start tomorrow’s race from the 3rd row of the grid in 9th position, his best qualifying in World Supersport so far. Robin is joined on the third row by teammate Hikari Okubo who, despite sliding off in Superpole 2 qualified in 8th position at the cool and windy Motorland Aragon circuit.
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March 24-26, 2017 – San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas – (March 14, 2017) – Dan Kruse Classics, one of the world’s premier classic auction houses has announced the San Antonio Autorama and Collector Car Auction to take place March 24-26, 2017 at the Freeman Expo Hall in San Antonio beginning at 10:00 a.m. The auction will take place on March 25, 2017. The auction is part of the San Antonio Autorama.