Tim Sugden and Jonathan Cocker took victory in round three of the British GT Championship at Mondello Park in Ireland this afternoon (May 8). A Porsche was the car to beat around the twisty venue, with Jonathan Rowland and Adam Sharpe winning the...
Tim Sugden and Jonathan Cocker took victory in round three of the British GT Championship at Mondello Park in Ireland this afternoon (May 8). A Porsche was the car to beat around the twisty venue, with Jonathan Rowland and Adam Sharpe winning the dailysportscar.com cup class.
Mike Jordan got a great start and led the field early on before a safety car period meant his hard work came undone. A gearbox problem just after the re-start meant his race was over and he retired.
This gave Cocker the lead which he handed over to Sugden during the pit-stop driver change. A huge lead for the former champion evaporated when the safety car was scrambled a second time for the damaged Eclipse TVR of Steve Hyde and Ferrari of Lourenco de Veiga.
Confusion over who was leading meant that the field was given the green flag early while the safety car was still out on the track. Godfrey Jones now led the race and as the race got back underway he held a 39-second lead over Sugden.
A brilliant charge by the Porsche followed and he was able to pass Jones with just two laps left to run.
"I didn't think I would be able to go as fast as that as the car was sliding around a lot," said Sugden. "I just had to keep pushing right to the end. I seemed to catch the traffic in easier places than Godfrey did which helped too. The team have done a brilliant job today."
The Dailysportscar.com cup class went once again to Jonathan Rowland with his new team-mate Adam Sharpe. Sharpe brought the car across the line after inheriting the place when Barrie Whight spun his Lotus Elise out of the lead.
"The car was really good through the race. We nearly didn't make it to the grid as we had to do some work on it after qualifying and almost didn't get finished," said Sharpe. "I had to decide which way to go around the Lotus as he was still moving when I got there and thought I might hit him."
Simon Pullan and Fanny Duchateau drove a superb race to bring the Noble M12GTO3R home in second place, just ahead of Adam Wilcox and Ni Amorim in their Ferrari 360.
Race two is scheduled to take place tomorrow (May 9) at 2:50pm.
1 Sugden/Cocker Porsche GT3-RSR 32 laps in 1h01m32.525s
2 Jones/Jones Porsche GT3-RS 1h01m37.396s
3 Niarchos/Mullen Ferrari 360 Modena 1h01m45.225s
4 Kinch/Kirkaldy Ferrari 360 Modena 1h01m47.593s
5 Tomlinson/Greensall TVR T400R 1h02m06.730s
6 Cook/Cunningham Corvette C5R 1h02m31.253s
1 Rowland/Sharpe Porsche 911 GT3-Cup 32 laps in 1h02m52.973s
2 Pullan/Duchataeu Noble M12GTO3R 1h03m15.108s
3 Wilcox/Amorim Ferrari 360 1h03m18.574s
4 Ahlers/Scott Morgan Aero 8 1h 03m26.118s
5 Kershaw/Whight Lotus Elise 31 laps
6 Broster/Mace Porsche 911 GT3-Cup 31 laps