BGTC: Donington round three Saturday notes

Debut Win For Caterham Graduates Guy Harrington and Ben de Zille Butler ( ...

Debut Win For Caterham Graduates

Guy Harrington and Ben de Zille Butler (#3 Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9) took a well deserved win in only their third race in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship ahead of the Team RPM Viper of Alex Mortimer and Bradley Ellis.

At the flag Harrington held a 6.2 second lead over Ellis, who was defending hard against a very determined Jonny Cocker in the bio fuelled Aston Martin, but held on for a nail biting finish with a gap of just 0.236 seconds separating the two cars after the 60-minute race.

Ian Flux was flying in the second half of the race after taking over the Rollcentre Mosler from Kevin Riley. 'Fluxie' set the fastest lap of the race but a brake problem blunted his charge and he missed a podium finish by one place 9.3 second behind Cocker.

"After the pitstops I got on the radio and the team said I was in the lead," said Guy Harrington. "I don't know what happened to Bradley Ellis but I kept seeing the Viper's lights in my mirrors and I thought he was getting closer but the team assured me he wasn't. This is the best win we've had, it's a fantastic feeling."

In GTC the RSS Performance Porsche of Graeme Mundy and Jamie Smyth were leading but the car pulled off in a cloud of smoke promoting the Team Aero Morgan with Steve Hyde at the wheel into the class lead. However Aaron Scott in the Beechdean Ferrari swept past into the class lead and the first win for the team in British GT.

Guy Harrington and Ben de Zille Butler now lead the Avon Tyres British GT Championship by two points from Matt Harris and Oliver Bryant who could only manage to finish 7th after an early spin in the race for Harris dropped them back down the field. A great recovery drive by the Tech 9 drivers netted them two championship points.

Despite finishing 2nd in class Keith Ahlers and Steve Hyde are now at the head of the GTC class.


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Series GT
Drivers Aaron Scott , Graeme Mundy , Keith Ahlers , Steve Hyde , Ian Flux , Jamie Smyth , Oliver Bryant , Kevin Riley , Bradley Ellis , Jonny Cocker , Ben de Zille Butler , Guy Harrington