Championship title holder Marco Attard took the win at the second round of the new British GT season at Rockingham on Sunday with co-driver Alastair Sims in the Barwell Motorsport/Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4. Torrential rain virtually washed out the morning warm-up session but clearing skies prompted the teams to switch to Avon slicks before the 2 hour race began in the early afternoon.
The safety car was called for very early in the race when the two McLarens, both being run by VonRyan Racing, collided at the chicane and landed in the gravel. The #15 car was eventually excluded from the meeting, landing 6 penalty points and a £2000 fine for avoidable contact.
Oman Racing occupied the rest of the GT3 podium with Ahmed Al Harthy driving with Daniel Lloyd in the #2 car with Laim Griffin and Rory Butcher in #6.
Hot from her win at the Britcar Dunlop 24 Hours of Silverstone just a week earlier, the young Jamie Chadwick was again victorious, partnered with another youngster Ross Gunn, to take the GT4 win in the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage. This pairing are now the youngest drivers ever to take a British GT win.
Making their debut on the British GT grid were the BoltonCAPE team of Britcar endurance graduate Anna Walewska and experienced pro-driver Rob Garofall in one of the Ginetta G55s, finishing 11th in class after a puncture lead to an extra stop just after the driver change.
Next round for the championship will be on the Silverstone GP circuit on 30/31st May.
Words and photos: Chris Valentine