British GT: Adam and Howard crowned at Donington Park
Beechdean AMR drivers Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam have been crowned new British GT champions, which was an outcome of a dramatic last round at Donington Park. This is first title for Adam and a second in three years for Howard.
Final race of the season was absolutely dramatic as after 25 minutes two title contenders were eliminated. Reigning champion Marco Attard in Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 spun after just a few laps and dropped to 13th place, but soon after he had to retire after a clash with one of GT4 cars.
Just a couple of minutes later, Oman Racing Team driver and another title contender Liam Griffin retired after a collision with Lee Mowle of Triple Eight Racing, also one of four title contenders. He stayed in the race, but the door of his BMW was opened.
Two TF Sport Aston Martins were on top, followed by Mowle’s BMW. Beechdean AMR car with Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam was sixth and on the way to win the title, as they just needed to be patient.
After a pit-stop and drivers change, Triple Eight Racing with Joe Osborne was third, while Beechdean AMR with Jonathan Adam was 10th which still wasn’t enough to bring them the title. After 10 minutes, Adam moved up to ninth, then to seventh, and in that moment Beechdean AMR was on the way to win the championship with 40 minutes to go.
Finally, TF Sport’s Matt Bell and Derek Johnston won the race ahead of their teammates Jody Fannin and Andrew Jarman, while third were Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen (Team Russia by Barwell) which was enough for them to secure Teams’ Championship title in a battle with Oman Racing Team.
New champions were fifth in the last race of the season, just behind main rivals Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne.