Seale fights back for final lap victory in Silverstone double

Seale fights back for final lap victory in Silverstone double

John Seale took victory in Group GTC after a race-long battle between four cars to make it a Silverstone double on Saturday afternoon. Heading four cars for much of the race, Seale was passed by Laki Christofourou at the end of the 25-minute contest but fought back on the final lap to take the win.

“It was very hard, but it was the best race of my career,” said Seale. “My tyres were going off and I had quick guys behind me. I ran off and managed to pass Laki on the last lap: I was not letting go. It was not easy, but it was great fun.”

Adam Hatfield kept himself in the lead of the Overall Championship with a second victory of the day, also gaining a point for fastest lap to increase his advantage to 20 points, as the race finished in fading light at the Northamptonshire circuit.

“It looks like we’ve had a night race,” said Hatfield. “We’ve had pole, two fastest laps, and two wins. That’s all we can ask for and we’ve put one hand on the trophy which is mega for the team who have worked hard all year.”

Lee Frost took his maiden victory in Group GTA, passing champion Gary Smith and pulling a gap on team-mate Lucky Khera in the latter stages of the race. “It was good fun,” said Frost. “Gary is a quick driver, but I don’t think he was defending too hard as he’s going for the championship, so I got past and got away before Lucky caught me! It’s been great in GT Cup, its different and I’ve enjoyed it. The standards are good, and we will be back I think.”

James Webb also made it a double as he pulled away from Warren Gilbert, though his GTB victory wasn’t enough to take the title battle to the final day of the 2018 season. “It was a lot more straightforward than race one,” he said. “I kept Warren behind me and put in five or six laps to build a buffer and saved my tyres for tomorrow.”

At the front, Gareth Downing came through from eighth to second on lap one and took the lead soon after, giving himself and Kevin Riley a good chance of finishing fourth in the Overall standings after clinching the GTO title previously.

“It was entertaining,” said Downing. “We know the car is quick, but we never know how long it will last. The tyres hung on and the temperatures were good. It was a competition to see if I could get to the front on the first lap as the guys put a bet on me to get there but it took a lap and a corner, so I was gutted!”



Group GTO

1) Gareth Downing – National Motorsport Academy (Mosler MT900)

2) Paul Gibson – Gibson Motorsport (McLaren 650S GT3)

3) Tim Richards – MTECH (Lamborghini Huracan GT3)


Group GTC

1) John Seale – JMH Automotive (Ferrari 488 Challenge)

2) Laki Christoforou – FF Corse (Ferrari 488 Challenge)

3) Chris Yarwood – MTECH (Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo)


Group GTB

1) James Webb – Team Webb (BMW M3 GTR)

2) Warren Gilbert – Topcats Racing (Marcos Mantis)

3) David Frankland – Valour Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Gen I)


Group GTH

1) Adam Hatfield – Whitebridge Motorsport (Aston Martin Vantage GT4)

2) David Holloway – Century Motorsport (Ginetta G55 GT4)

3) Barry McMahon – Whitebridge Motorsport (Aston Martin Vantage GT4)


Group GTA

1) Lee Frost – Butler Motorsport (Ginetta G55 GT4)

2) Lucky Khera – Butler Motorsport (Ginetta G55 GT4)

3) Gary Smith – Topcats Racing (Ginetta G55 GT4)