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Chad Racing Ferrari takes spoils in first British GT outing

Monday, August 30 2010

The Chad Racing Ferrari 430 of Daniel Brown and Tom Ferrier took the spoils in the opening encounter of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton today (Bank Holiday Monday), following a commanding performance from both drivers.

The Ferrari started third on the grid in the hands of Daniel Brown, but the Essex teenager made a strong start to pass the second place Rollcentre Mosler of Martin Short by the end of the opening lap, before quickly working his way past the Jones Brothers' pole-sitting Preci-Spark Ascari. The manoeuvre marked a downturn in fortunes for the Ascari, which retired soon afterwards with engine problems.

As the first part of the race unfolded, Brown fended off competition from Short's Mosler, which was promoted to second following the Ascari's demise, before pitting as soon as the pit lane opened on lap 20. The majority of the field also opted to pit straight away, with the Rollcentre Mosler and Craig Wilkins' Dodge Viper being the only two notable exceptions.

After the final car made its pit stop on lap 29, Chad Racing emerged still in the lead, with the car now in the hands of Brown's co-driver Tom Ferrier. The Rollcentre Mosler remained second with Gregor Fisken behind the wheel, whilst Matt Griffin's Mtech Ferrari was promoted to third from fifth following an off-track excursion at the Esses for the Trackspeed Porsche of Glynn Geddie and Adam Wilcox's Ferrari 430. Allan Simonsen's Ferrari 430 also joined the victory chase, the Dane on a charge after taking over the car from Hector Lester in seventh place.

On lap 35, the Mtech Ferrari's race came to an abrupt end when Matt Griffin suffered a puncture whilst lying in third place and was forced to limp round to the pits. The resulting debris left on the track meant the safety car was deployed, which tightened the pack and laid the foundations for a dramatic final dash.

When the race restarted, Ferrier broke clear and remained untroubled on his route to the chequered flag, however the fight for the remaining podium positions became increasingly tense.

The Ferraris of Adam Wilcox and Allan Simonsen, lying in third and fourth respectively, began to reel in the Rollcentre Mosler, which culminated in the trio running almost side-by-side into Riches Corner. After several tussles both drivers worked their way through - Simonsen sustaining bodywork damage in the process - however, joy was shortlived for Wilcox, who was forced to retire to the pits with a broken driveshaft shortly afterwards.

After losing out on a podium finish, the Rollcentre Mosler began to fade and dropped back to sixth position. The MT900R then slowed suddenly with gearbox problems on the final lap and stopped out on track just shy of the chequered flag.

Mechanical problems for the Mosler and the Cameron/Griffin Ferrari promoted the Team RPM Ford GT of Philip Walker and Alex Mortimer to third place, ahead of the Trackspeed Porsche and Paul Whight and Michael Bentwood's Aston Martin in fourth and fifth.

The Dodge Viper of Craig Wilkins and Aaron Scott clinched a solid seventh position behind the Rollcentre Mosler, whilst Cameron and Griffin steered their Mtech Ferrari to eighth.

Wilcox and Burton's Ferrari was still classified seventh despite its engine problems, whilst brothers Freddie and Ben Hetherington steered their Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 to tenth place and victory in the G4 category.

Race two takes place at 4.20pm.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, race one:

1. Daniel Brown/Tom Ferrier (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia), 50 laps
2. Hector Lester/Alan Simonsen (Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +10.455s
3. Philip Walker/Alex Mortimer (Team RPM Ford GT), +12.173s
4. David Ashburn/Glynn Geddie (Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3-R), +15.265s
5. Paul Whight/Michael Bentwood (Aston Martin DBRS9), +17.650s
6. Martin Short/Gregor Fisken (R