Jordan & Sumpter Take British GT Victory at Donington Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter took a dominant victory in round one of the British GT Championship at Donington Park this afternoon (April 3). Peter Kox overcame intense pressure from Tim...
Jordan & Sumpter Take British GT Victory at Donington
Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter took a dominant victory in round one of the British GT Championship at Donington Park this afternoon (April 3). Peter Kox overcame intense pressure from Tim Sugden to take second spot for himself and Ian Khan. Phil Hindley and Jonathan Rowland took victory in the dailysportscar.com Cup class.
At the start Jordan blasted away into a huge lead to head Neil Cunningham in the Embassy Racing Corvette. However the Cunningham soon dropped back as the track started to dry out and drivers on intermediate tyres began to dominate.
Jordan's team-mate David Jones soon reeled him in and moved into the lead before the pit-stop window opened. Jones pitted early to hand over to his brother, Godfrey, before Jordan swapped places with Sumpter.
Ian Khan inherited the lead in his Porsche 911 GT3RS and stayed out longer before handing over to Peter Kox. This promoted the Jones' back into the lead, with Sumpter giving chase.
A possible JW Racing 1-2 was ended when Sumpter saw a gap and went to pass Jones at Coppice and tapped him into a spin. A puncture and necessary pit-stop saw the Jones car drop to fifth.
Shaun Balfe held onto third place in his Mosler for a handful of laps before Kox and a hard charging Tim Sugden caught and passed him. Kox then held off the former champion to take second place.
"Everything went really well and it is a great result. It's a bit frustrating as we could have had a 1-2 for the team, but, it has been so long since me and Mark has won a race, it feels great. It is definitely going to be a hard season though," said Jordan.
In the dailysportscar.com Cup class it looked like the race win would go to Barrie Whight and Gavin Kershaw in their Lotus Elise. A spin in the closing stages meant Phil Hindley was able to close the gap and take the lead. Adam Wilcox and Ni Amorim were also able to sneak past the Lotus to take second place.
"Jonathan did a great job at the start to keep his head on slicks. We knew that intermediates would be the best option, but we didn't have any!" said Hindley. "We had to slither around for a while but everything went our way at the end."
Race two is scheduled to take place at 1.15pm tomorrow (Sunday April 4).
<pre> British GT Championship -- Race One Donington Park
N-GT 1 Jordan/Sumpter Porsche 911 GT3-RS 45 laps 1h00m19.038s 2 Khan/Kox Porsche 911 GT3-RS 1h00m42.086s 3 Sugden/Cocker Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 1h00m43.225s 4 Balfe/Taylor Mosler MT900R 1h01m15.515s 5 Jones/Jones Porsche 911 GT3-RS 1h01m23.271s 6 Stanton/Verdon-Roe Mosler MT900R 44 laps
dailysportscar.com cup 1 Rowland/Hindley Porsche 911 GT3-Cup 43 laps 2 Wilcox/Amorim Ferrari 360 43 laps 3 Kershaw/Whight Lotus Elise 42 laps 4 Pullan/Duchateau Noble M12 GTO 42 laps 5 Chambers/Langford Porsche GT3-Cup 42 laps 6 Ahlers/Scott Morgan Aero 8 42 laps