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Double Brands Hatch delight for Little and Paul as sun shines on group winners
Saturday 20th May 2017
James Little followed up a debut group victory in the GT Cup Championship with victory again a few hours later in Group GTC, though he had to hold off the fellow Ferrari of Bonamy Grimes.
“It was great fun,"said Little. "I had Bon behind me the whole race, I was watching my mirrors, and watching ahead. The cars in front were at my pace, so when the restart came I had to sit back a bit so I had some space to go in to. It was brilliant fun!”
Likewise in Group GTA, Dominic Paul secured his first group victory earlier in the day and followed up with another victory in his Ginetta G55 run by the Spy Motorsport team.
“I was fastest in free practice, pole by four seconds in the wet, two race wins – what a fantastic day!” he enthused. “I was catching the Marcos in front and had a Lamborghini behind me who was getting close, but he drove fairly and cleanly and I wanted to keep ahead of him.”
Up front Graham Davidson once again took victory in Group GTO and overall to make it a stunning five from five in the McLaren which Jim Geddie drove to the GTO title in 2014.
“It’s my first proper race car. It’s consistent, and I feel like I’m getting a lot out of it. It’s an older car, but it’s proven to be successful,” he said. “I did a couple of laps where I pushed, built the gap, then drove relaxed, which I think was the right tactic. We’ve got the pace to make up a good portion of the success seconds tomorrow – it’ll be a good finish when we come together.”
Pole-sitter Richard Chamberlain was sadly absent in his Porsche 935 with clutch issues, so Davidson sat alone on the front row and built up a quick advantage over Nigel Hudson. The field was bunched up behind the safety car as a couple of Ginetta’s needed recovery which meant there was a close battle from second to sixth place, including the GTC lead battle between Little and Grimes. Just ahead of them Gary Eastwood eventually found his way past Gareth Downing for third overall, while Tom Webb fended off the attentions of Warren Gilbert to bring his BMW M3 to victory in Group GTB.
“It’s good to come away with two wins and the extra point for qualifying,” said Tom. “The team must be over the moon with the hard work they’ve put in. It’s a shame John Saunders had two breakdowns, it would have been nice to have a scrap with him. It was a lonely race but there was a bit of pressure from behind with the Marcos.”
1: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12-C GT3
2: Nigel Hudson – Aston Martin GT3
3: Gary Eastwood – Ferrari 458 GT3
1: James Little – Ferrari 458 GTC
2: Bonamy Grimes – Ferrari 458 GTC
3: Jake Rattenbury – Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo
1: Tom Webb – BMW M3 E46 GTR
2: Warren Gilbert – Marcos Mantis
3: Neil Huggins – Lamborghini Galardo Super Trofeo LP570-4
1: Dominic Paul – Ginetta G55
2: Brent Millage – Ginetta G55
3: Jeff Wyatt – BMW M3 GTR