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BGTC: Attrition thins round four GT grid

Round three of the British GT Championship at Mondello Park was full of drama. A number of incidents during the 60-minute race will mean there are fewer cars taking the grid for round four this afternoon. The Jensen Motorsport Corvette was an...

Round three of the British GT Championship at Mondello Park was full of drama. A number of incidents during the 60-minute race will mean there are fewer cars taking the grid for round four this afternoon.

The Jensen Motorsport Corvette was an early casualty after a brake line severed in the opening laps. Brake fluid caught the hot exhaust and caught fire. Unfortunately the engine kill switch failed to engage and fuel was still being pumped into the engine. The damage is too much to repair at the circuit so the team will be back at Snetterton.

The Eclipse Motorsport TVR and the Lourenco De Veiga/Stephen Moore Ferrari made contact in the first half of race one. The TVR suffered bodywork and suspension damage. However, the Ferrari suffered a huge amount of damage and will not be taking part in round four. The car had only just been repaired from its shunt at the pre-season media day but the team plan to have it fixed in time for the official test-day at Castle Combe at the end of the month. "We got the car back from the repair shop last Friday," explained Stephen Moore. "We phoned up last night and have booked it back in again! We will have it sorted before the test day at Castle Combe."

The Bintec Prosport 3000 was another casualty. The car spun on the exit of the Bikeworld corner and hit the Armco gate on the inside of the circuit. Rear suspension damage will keep them off the grid for race two, but it will also return at Snetterton.

One car which will make it to the grid is the Team Tiger Marcos Mantis. A rear hub failure yesterday stopped them taking part in race one. A new one has been sourced and it will joint the rest of the British GT field for round four.

The ABG Motorsport squad starred on its 2004 debut. The former championship winning team will be doing a short programme of about three or four races. A superb sixth in race one in a completely standard Porsche 911 GT3-Cup car showed the rest of the field that they could be a force to be reckoned with later in the season.

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