GT Cup Donington 2016

GT Cup heads to Donington for season open with most exciting grid yet

Media release: 22nd April 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

The GT Cup returns to its traditional season opener at Donington Park with possibly the biggest diversity of cars in its history. The quality of entries stretched throughout the four group championship, and will include the UK racing debut of the brand new Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4 car.

 

The GT Cup will feature three such cars for the opening three rounds with more anticipated to join the championship later in the year. Other exciting cars to make their GT Cup debut will be the Bentley Continental GT3 of father and son pairing of Jordan and David Witt. The car will be run my multiple Porsche championship winning team Redline Racing. They will face stiff competition from the new Lamborghini Huracan of Darren Nelson and Nigel Greensall. Phil Burgan returns in his Audi R8 and John Dhillon and Aaron Scott rejoining with their Ferrari 458 GT3 run by the crack AF Corse team. Add in Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox in a second Audi and Kevin Riley in his Lotus and we have a heady mix of powerful machinery.

 

GTC could be an interesting group to keep an eye on with 2015 GTO champions Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz taking on a new challenge by racing their Ferrari 458 Challenge car. Paul has the GTC title in his sights but Ross McEwen and Colin Paton might give him a run for his money in their new Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car. Throw in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo of Neil Huggins and we could have some fireworks.

 

2015 GTB champion David Fairbrother will make an appearance partnering Jamie Dawson in one of four Porsche 997 entries. Mark Smith returns in his trusty steed and is joined by Jonathan Evans and Tom Bradshaw and series debutant Andrew Baker in the Parr Motorsport car completes the quartet. Alan Purbrick will be hoping his upgraded Saker Rapx will put him and team mate David Brise in the mix, as will Andrew and George Christopher in their Ferrari 430.

 

GTA could once again proved to be the closest competition with the three Caymans taking on two Aston Martins and three Ginetta G55. The interloper is the BMW M3 of Tom and James Webb. Tom ran David Fairbrother close for the GTB title last year. After spending the winter modifying the car the family run Team Webb will be hoping to go one better in 2016 and left the crown in GTA.  As always the GT Cup packs a punch and the opening three races of the 2016 season should be no exception.

Timetable

Saturday 23rd April

Time                   
Activity                                                                   Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:20 Qualifying MSA Formula Championship  
09:30 - 09:50 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup  
10:00 - 10:40 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
11:00 - 11:15 Qualifying Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship  
11:25 - 11:55 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
12:05 - 12.35
Qualifying Renault UK Clio Cup  
12:45 - 13:25 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
13:25 - 14:15
Lunch Break
 
14:15
Race MSA Formula Championship 20 mins
14:45
Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup 16
15:15 - 15:30
Qualifying Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship
15:40 - 16:10
Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
16:25 Race Renault UK Clio Cup  20
17:05 Race Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship 14
17:35
Race MSA Formula Championship  20 mins

 

Sunday 24th April

Time                  
Activity                                                                  
Championship                                                                   
Laps      
09:10 - 09:40
Pit Lane Walkabout / BTCC Autograph Session

10:00 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 34
10:40 Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup 24
11:20 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

11:32
Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 24
12:12

Kick Start Ginetta Junior Championship 14
12:42 - 13:25 Lunch Break    
13:05 BTC Driver Parade

13:25 Race Renault UK Clio Cup 20
14:00
BTCC Pit Lane Opens

14:12
Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 24
14:55 Race MSA Formula Championship 20 mins
15:30 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 34
16:10 Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup 24
17:00 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

17:12 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 24

 

Chamberlain snatches victory as Nelson faulters

Media release: 23rd April 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

The 2016 GT Cup Championship got off to an exciting start at Donington Park with a closely fought win for the orange Porsche 935 of Richard Chamberlain. Gareth Downing’s Lotus Evora GTE took second place while Jordan Witt recovered from a pitlane start to claim the final podium spot in his Bentley Continental GT3.

 

Witt qualified in second but was late to the grid and as a result had to start from the pitlane, leaving polesitter Darren Nelson’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to line up on the front row alone. Chamberlain got ahead of Nelson into the first corner and the pair battled it out for the lead, while further down the field Nigel Hudson in his Audi R8 GT3 led a fight between the Ginetta G55’s of Ian Anderson, Daniel O’Brien and Brent Millage.

 

By the fourth lap Nelson took the lead from Chamberlain on the entry to Redgate and began to build an advantage only to suffer an off at the Old Hairpin on lap 17 he was able to rejoin the race but down in 18th place.

 

Nelson’s retirement did not mean an easy finish to the race for Chamberlain however, who ultimately led the charging Lotus of Gareth Downing across the line by just 0.33 seconds. Chamberlain said of his win; “I’m very happy, relieved and we were really lucky – Darren just drove away and it was fantastic to watch, but even more fantastic when I saw all the tyre smoke at the Old Hairpin – obviously you don’t like to see it but I’ll take it, it’s racing!”

 

Witt enjoyed a storming race and made up six places over the course of 22 laps of the Donington National circuit – also setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1.05.444s. “I really enjoyed it, the car was absolutely phenomenal,” said Witt, “Between me and the team, mainly me, we missed the lining up on the grid and had to start from the pitlane and that’s when I thought we’d have to see what I could do from there so I’m really happy with third - I think we got pole for the next race with the fastest lap so hopefully I can make amends for it this evening.”

 

Ross McEwen made an excellent start to his season in the JMH Automotive run Porsche 991. The young Scotsman ran well to finish fifth and first in the GTC group. “It was good,” said Ross. “I was in a quiet spot for a while but then I got a puncture which spiced things up. For the last two laps I was battling a rear left puncture so I started to lose quite a lot of pace. It’s a perfect start to the season and I’m on the podium so I’m delighted!” Neil Huggins crossed the line second with Paul Bailey completing the GTC podium

 

Meanwhile, the GTB group was won by Warren Gilbert’s Marcos Mantis in eighth, who was pleased with his end result, despite some difficulties mid-race. “I could have been a bit higher but the Audi spun on the first lap and to avoid hitting him I went across that nasty chicane at the start/finish. I had a bit of damage but nothing major and in the middle of the race I got a long brake pedal which we haven’t had before and then it came back. But I’m chuffed to bits, first in class, I’m really pleased – the car and the team did a fantastic job and the old girl lives to fight another day.”

 

Ian Anderson ultimately triumphed in the midfield Ginetta battle and won the GTA group – crossing the line in 12th. “I’m beyond happy, I’m lost for words. You look at us – new to the championship – and you hope to get off to a good start, lots of pre-season testing, the team has worked really hard to get the car ready but you never really anticipate this sort of result. I’m absolutely delighted for Lifetime Racing and all the work they’ve done to get us standing up there is phenomenal. I was on the defensive for the last three laps because once I was there I wasn’t giving it up.”

Race One Results

Media release: 23rd April 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Group        
Driver                               Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
GTO
Richard Chamberlain
Porsche 935
25:13.346

2 GTO
Riley/Downing
Lous Evora GTE
25:13.677
0.331
3 GTO
Jordan Witt
Bentley Continental GT3
25:19.218
5.872
4 GTO
Burgan/Bell
Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3
25:55.851
36.633
5 GTC
Paton/McEwan
Porsche 911
25:56.988
43.642
6 GTO
Dhillon/Scott
Ferrari 458 GT3
26:10.507
57.161
7 GTC
Neil Huggins
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570
26:11.498
58.152
8 GTB
Warren Gilbert
Marcos Mantis
26:11.963
58.617
9 GTO
Hudson/Wilcox
Audi R8 GT3
26:15.549
1:02.203
10 GTB
Evans/Bradshaw
Porsche 997 GT3
25:37.039
1 Lap
11 GTB
Christopher/Christopher
Ferrari 430 Challenge
25:56.227
1 Lap
12 GTA
Anderson/Black
Ginetta G55
25:58.859
1 Lap
13
GTA
Webb/Webb
BMW M3 E46 GTR
25:59.083
1 Lap
14 GTA
Daniel O'Brien
Ginetta G55
26:01.650
1 Lap
15 GTA
Milleage/Feakins
Ginetta G55
26:04.388
1 Lap
16 GTA
Hawkey/Hawkey
Porsche Cayman GT4
26:13.139
1 Lap
17 GTC
Bailey/Schultz
Ferrari 458 Challenge
26:00.462
2 Laps
18 GTB
Andrew Baker
Porsche 997 GT3
26:01.247
2 Laps
19 GTA
Whale/Mackinnon
Porcshe Cayman GT4
26:17.805
2 Laps
20 GTA
Gibbs/Horlor
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
25:43.593
3 Laps
21 GTA
Nevinson/Nevinson
Porsche Cayman GT4
25:54.166
3 Laps
22 GTO
Nelson/Carroll
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
26:10.061
3 Laps
DNF
GTB
Mark Smith
Porsche 997 GT3
24:45.028
2 Laps
DNF GTB Fairbrother/Dawson Porsche 997 GT3 7:41.347 16 Laps

Gilbert and Huggins secure Top Cats honours

Media release: 23rd April 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

Jordan Witt in his Bentley Continental GT3 built on his hard-fought podium finish in Race one to claim a dominant victory over Richard Chamberlain’s Porsche 935 and the Ferrari 459 GT3 of John Dhillon.

 

Witt led Chamberlain from start to finish, with Darren Nelson in his Lamborghini Huracan racing off the line in third only to be overtaken by Dhillon on the first lap. A tangle at the Esses between Phil Burgan’s Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 and the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup of Johnathan Evans caused a safety car on lap three of the race which bunched the field back together again.

 

After three laps under the safety car, the green flag was waved again on lap six, but Chamberlain was unable to take the lead from Witt – who continued to build a comfortable margin that lasted for the remainder of the race.

 

“Race one taught me so much, it showed me where the limit of the car was because I was a bit fearful through qualifying and testing but now I think I’ve finally found where I actually need to be with it,” said Witt. “I think what won it for us in this race is that we’re consistently good, whereas the others while they were with me for a few laps, I don’t think their consistency was as good because they were battling. I just tried not to look in the mirror and keep driving forward.”

 

Nelson suffered another spin into the gravel trap at the restart, but was able to rejoin the track in 13th and ultimately cross the line in 6th after late race battles with Nigel Hudson’s Audi R8 GT3 and the Marcos Mantis of Warren Gilbert who finished seventh and eighth respectively.

 

 Gilbert’s eighth was enough to secure him the win of his GTB group – a positive end to his weekend as he and Top Cats Racing teammate Neil Huggins will not be running on Sunday. Gilbert said of his win; “I have a 1997 car, we’ve come down, rolled up, got two class wins and for a very short amount of time we had the championship lead, I believe.”

 

Winner of the GTC group was Neil Huggins in his Lamborghini Gallardo who was placed fifth overall. He said; “It was a better, cleaner race – I managed to find a bit of space – I was just very upset with the first race and I couldn’t find a rhythm. In the second race I found a bit of space just got my head down and got the laps in. It was a bit of a lonely race but it was what I needed to get back into it.”

 

Meanwhile the GTA group was won Tom Webb in the BMW M3 E46 GTR from GT Cup debutant Amanda Black with Daniel O’Brien taking a double podium visit for the day.

 

Race Two Results

Media release: 23rd April 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Group Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
         
2            
3            
4
         
5            
6            
7            
8 Pro Lewis Plato
GBR Team Redline 30:19.926 13.884
9 ProAm1 John McCullagh
GBR Redline Racing 30:46.395 40.353
10 ProAm1 Euan McKay
GBR In2 Racing 30:46.795 40.753
11 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood
GBR Team Parker Racing 30:47.620 41.578
12 ProAm2 Tautvydas Barstys
LTU
Juta Racing 30:06.389 1 Lap
13
ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney
GBR
Parr Motorsport
30:07.318 1 Lap
14 ProAm1 Peter Jennings
GBR G-Cat Racing 30:17.966 1 Lap
15 ProAm2 Iain Dockerill
GBR Asset Advantge Racing
30:18.837
1 Lap
16 ProAm2 Peter Parsons
GBR The Car Loan Centre
30:34.795
1 Lap
17 ProAm2 Barri Baxter
GBR Redline Racing
30:35.497
1 Lap
18 ProAm2 Thomas Jennings
GBR G-Cat Racing
30:42.544 1 Lap
19 ProAm2 Mark Radcliffe
GBR Intersport
30:45.713 1 Lap
20 ProAm2 Rupert Martin
GBR Team Parker Racing
30:51.614 3 Laps
DNF
ProAm1 Sean Hudspeth
SIN
Parr Motorsport 13:53.403 21 Laps
DNF
Pro Alessandro Latif
GBR
GT Marques
1:50.202
30 Laps
DNF
ProAm1 Dan McKay
GBR
In2 Racing
1:51.793 30 Laps

 

Fastest Lap


GTO - Dino Zamparelli (GT Marques) - 47.316

GTC -

GTB -

GTA -

Bentley Boy Witt holds off Carroll for pit stop race glory

Media release: 24th April 2016

 

Source: GT Cup

 

 

Jordan Witt ended the first weekend of the 2016 GT Cup Championship with another win in his Bentley Continental GT3, leading the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Darren Nelson and Adam Carroll over the line by 17 seconds.

 

Witt enjoyed a dominant race, leading from start to finish and remained untouchable to his closest rivals – despite Carroll launching a charging attack on the Bentley after replacing Nelson at the pitstop. Of his second win of the weekend, Witt said; “The hunt was always on in that race but we managed to keep our heads and we had no real dramas!”

 

Carroll took both second place and the honours of the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:04.210. Third place went to John Dhillon and Aaron Scott in their Ferrari 458 GT3, with the Audi R8 GT3 of Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox in fourth. Tom Webb in the BMW M3 E46 GTR finished his weekend with a fifth place and another group win in the GTA group. He said; “It was good; I don’t think it could’ve gone any better – the car is just absolutely flying at the moment. Whatever we’re doing is working and I just have to drive round and round and do as I’m told.”

 

Winners of the GTC group were Colin Paton and Ross McEwan, Colin fought with GTC rival Paul Bailey in the first half of the race with the gap never more than a few seconds. Bailey took the lead into the chicane before the pit straight and set about building a lead, helped by Paton spinning through the Craner Curves after contact. Bailey would pit to hand over to tem mate Andy Schulz who would build a lead of a lap over McEwen now in the rival Porsche. A lose undertray would undo the good work in the dying minutes of the race however when the car as forced to pit on safety grounds.

 

“It was a good race out there,” said Ross McEwen on the win. “I managed to get a good start and it didn’t start raining and that made us all happier. It was good fun duelling with Paul earlier on and a shame his race ended the way that it did.”

 

In sixth place overall was the Porsche 997 GT3 pairing of David Fairbrother and Jamie Dawson who took GTB honours. “It was the perfect start really, we all came round and we all formed up and everything just opened up in front of me and I thought I should just go for it,” said Fairbrother of his stint in the Porsche, “We were fifth into the first corner and we were challenging for fourth in most of the first seven or eight laps and then it was a matter of setting consistent lap times and doing as I’m told and setting it up for Jamie.”

 

Teammate Dawson took over the car at the pitstop, cementing their sixth place and hailed Fairbrother’s performance; “It was handed to me on a plate though Dave, come on. I just had to bring it home and David made it that little bit easier and we’re really happy.”

 

Mark Smith in the Porsche 997 GT3 was seventh. The Ginetta G55’s of Daniel O’Brien and Brent Millage rounded off the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

 

Race Three Results

Media release: 24th april 2016

 

Source: TSL Timing

 

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro
Dan Cammish
GBR Redline Racing
26:23.280 -
2 Pro Dino Zamparelli
GBR GT Marques 26:29.456 6.176
3 Pro Stephen Jelley
GBR Team Parker Racing 26:42.894 19.614
4 Pro Tom Oliphant
GBR Team Redline
26:43.398 20.118
5 Pro Tom Sharp
GBR IDL Racing
26:43.496 20.216
6 Pro Charlie Eastwood
GBR Redline Racing 26:43.842 20.562
7 Pro Lewis Plato
GBR Team Redline 26:44.937 21.657
8 Pro Jonas Gelzinis
LTU
Jute Racing 26:45.307 22.027
9 ProAm1 Sean Hudspeth
GBR Parr Motorsport 26:49.192 25.912
10 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood
GBR Team Parker Racing 26:52.136 28.856
11 ProAm1 Dan McKay
GBR In2 Racing 26:53.602 30.322
12 Pro Alessandro Latif
GBR GT Marques
26:53.934 30.654
13
ProAm1 Euan McKay
GBR In2 Racing
27:02.857 39.577
14 ProAm1 Peter Jennings GBR G-Cat Racing 27:06.679 43.399
15 ProAm1 John McCullagh
GBR Redline Racing 27:07.708 44.428
16 ProAm2 Mark Radcliffe
GBR
Intersport
26:35.916 1 Lap
17 ProAm2 Iain Dockerill
GBR Asset Advantage Racing
26:36.857 1 Lap
18 ProAm2 Tautvydas Barstys
LTU
Jute Racing
26:57.286 1 Lap
19 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney
GBR Parr Motorsport
27:04.437 1 Lap
20 ProAm2 Peter Parsons
GBR The Car Loan Centre
27:09.548 1 Lap
21 ProAm2 Rupert Martin
GBR Team Parker Racing
26:39.142 2 Laps
DNF
ProAm2 Barrie Baxter
GBR Redline Racing
18:34.066 11 Laps
DNF ProAm2 Thomas Jennings GBR G-Cat Racing 14:21.101 16 Laps

 

Fastest Lap


Pro - Dino Zamparelli (GT Marques)) - 47.292

 

ProAm1 - Dan McKay (In2 Racing) - 47.919

 

ProAm2 - Mark Radcliffe (Intersport) - 48.663