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Commanding victory for Mtech Ferrari

Monday, August 30 2010

The Mtech Ferrari of Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron scored a commanding victory from the front row of the grid in race two of the Avon Tyres British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton today (Bank Holiday Monday).

Mtech's starting driver Griffin passed the pole-sitting Ferrari of Adam Wilcox on the opening lap, assuming a lead that was never challenged during the remainder of the hour-long encounter.

Behind Griffin, after briefly losing third on the grid but quickly reclaiming it, the Ferrari of Allan Simonsen enjoyed a strong opening stint, snatching second from Wilcox on lap 13 before closing the gap to race leader Griffin.

Following the pit stop window, Griffin's team-mate Duncan Cameron led from Hector Lester, who took over the Ferrari 430 of Allan Simonsen. Adam Wilcox passed his Ferrari to Phil Burton in third position, with the Team RPM Ford GT in fourth with Philip Walker behind the wheel. The Jones brothers' Preci-Spark Ascari held fifth, followed by the Chad Racing Ferrari of Dan Brown and Paul Whight's Aston Martin DBRS9.

As the second half of the race got underway, it was Chad Racing's Dan Brown that proved to be the driver on a charge, as the Essex racer quickly disposed of the Jones Ascari and RPM Ford to promote himself to fourth place. Brown then carved his way past the Ferrari of Phil Burton and a fading Hector Lester to secure second, missing out on victory by under four seconds.

After being passed by Brown, Godfrey Jones then also mounted a late charge and worked his way past the Ferrari of Phil Burton just two laps from the end to snatch the final podium position.

To add insult to injury, Wilcox and Burton then lost a further place to the Rollcentre Mosler in the hands of Martin Short, which displayed strong pace in the final stages of the race, meaning the pole-sitters had to settle for fifth at the chequered flag.

Lester steered his Ferrari home in sixth after being unable to replicate the early speed of his team-mate Allan Simonsen, whilst the Team RPM Ford GT took seventh.

Craig Wilkins and Aaron Scott enjoyed a solid run to eighth place, ahead of the Trackspeed Porsche of Glynn Geddie and David Ashburn. Michael Bentwood and Paul Whight's Aston Martin DBRS9 completed the top ten.

There were no retirements from the race, although the Team Osborne Racing Ginetta G50 failed to start the second encounter of the day due to steering problems.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, race two:

1. Matt Griffin/Duncan Cameron (Mtech Ferrari 430 Scuderia), 52 laps
2. Tom Ferrier/Daniel Brown (Chad Racing Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +3.999s
3. Godfrey Jones/David Jones (Preci-Spark Ascari KZ1R), +20.747s
4. Gregor Fisken/Martin Short (Rollcentre Mosler MT900R), +27.057s
5. Adam Wilcox/Phil Burton (Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +30.322s
6. Allan Simonsen/Hector Lester (Ferrari 430 Scuderia), +32.284s
7. Alex Mortimer/Philip Walker (Team RPM Ford GT), +53.394s
8. Aaron Scott/Craig Wilkins (Dodge Viper), +1m13.095s
9. Glynn Geddie/David Ashburn (Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3-R), +1 lap
10. Michael Bentwood/Paul Whight (Aston Martin DBRS9), +1.084s, +1 lap

The next round of the British GT Championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 25/26 September, in a double headline meeting with the British F3 Championship. Tickets are now on sale from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.