British GT: Adam and Johnston from pole to victory at Rockingham
TF Sport’s Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston took the second consecutive victory in the 2016 British GT Championship by winning the 2-hour race at Rockingham Speedway. Adam and Johnston had a perfect race with #17 Aston Martin Vantage and they won ahead of #33 Lamborghini Huracan of Barwell Motorsport, driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen. Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn, drivers of the Beechdean’s #1 Aston Martin Vantage, completed the podium.
The winners in the GT4 class are Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska in the #73 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55. Jordan Albert and Jack Bartholomew took the second place in the Beechdean’s #407 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, ahead of second Century Motorsport’s #40 Ginetta G55 of Aleksander Schjerpen and Sean Byrne.
Victory despite ‘success penalty’
Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam was the fastest in the Saturday’s qualifying and they secured pole position for TF Sport. After they started from pole the main task was to increase the advantage asmuch as possible ahead of rivals, because they had to serve the maximum 20-second pit-stop ‘success penalty’ as a ‘reward’ for their win in the opening round at Brands Hatch. Johnston started the race and made a perfect job, so after he handed over to Adam they remained in the lead. At the end, the advantage over #33 Lamborghini was 4.948sec.
There were two Lamborghinis behind the leaders late in the race, but Adam Carroll gets drive-through penalty because of overtaking just before the restart and the #6 Barwell’s Lamborghini felt to fourth place. That promoted Ross Gunn to the third place. He was chasing Phil Keen in the closing lap, but he remained behind him.
From the end of the grid to the class win
Nathan Freke and Anna Walewska had a fantastic race in the #73 Ginetta of Century Motorsport after they started from the last place on the grid because of fuel issues during qualifiying. They also had a 15 seconds ‘success penalty’, earned with second place finish at Brands Hatch, but despite all that they manage to win with 33.450sec advantage.
27 cars in both categories started the race, 24 of them were classified at the finish. The race was interrupted with two short Safety Car period, without any major accidents.
The third round of the championship is scheduled for May 28-30 with two races at Oulton Park.